Woman sentenced in drowning case

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A Tucumcari woman convicted of giving alcohol to a 12-year-old boy who drowned a few hours later has been sentenced to five years probation. Crystal Cochran, during Thursday’s sentencing hearing, was also ordered to participate in a drug-abuse recovery program and undergo mental health counseling. Cochran pleaded guilty to [...]

Time for community to examine attitudes about alcohol

QCS Guest Columnist: Misti Cohran On May 18, 12-year-old Augie Montiel lost his life when he drowned in a canal. This was a tragedy true enough, but who should be punished for his death? I was at a court hearing on July 5 and it was really sad, but also stupid as I heard stories [...]

Tragedy can teach lessons

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Associate Publishe On May 19, alcohol claimed another victim. But this DWI was different than most we read about. Augustine “Augie” Montiel drowned while intoxicated. And he was only 12 years old. The Tucumcari fifth grader’s body was found in an irrigation canal along Charles Avenue. His blood-alcohol level, Police Chief [...]