Martial arts fight promoter arraigned

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A martial arts fight promoter was arraigned Thursday in Quay County Magistrate Court on charges alleging he killed Albert “Jason” Pacheco, 31, of Tucumcari, on Feb. 1. James Burleson, 33, of Socorro pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond. Burleson, accompanied by his […]

Promoter tells police he fired shot

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A Los Lunas fight promoter says he fired the shot that killed Tucumcari’s Jason Pacheco on Feb. 1. Jim Burleson, in Tucumcari for the Desert Xtreme martial-arts fight scheduled last week, said he fired his .45-caliber gun after Pacheco and others jumped him on Main Street. Pacheco, 31, was taken […]

Law officials try to calm De Baca County fight with sheriff

Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — Seeking to stave off a court fight between the sheriff and county commission, representatives of a state law enforcement association outlined a mediation plan at Tuesday’s De Baca County Commission meeting. “We are not an advocate for the sheriff or for the commission,” said Jim Burleson, […]

Welcome to Texas, where Big Brother rules

Leonard Pitts Jr. It’s just the sort of thing you’d expect from Iran. A woman runs afoul of local religious authorities who are angered by her refusal to cover up. But it isn’t just her immodest style of dress that riles the ayatollahs. They have also heard rumors that she sells sex toys from her […]