Judge turns case over to district court

By Staff: Quay County Sun CS Staff Magistrate Judge Edwin Bruhn turned the case of Crystal Cochran and Fred Jaramillo, III, over to district courts Thursday. Cochran and Jaramillo are each charged with more than a dozen felony counts in connection with the death of 12-year-old Augustine Montiel. He died May 18 in a Tucumcari […]

Cates given life sentence

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Norman Tyrell Cates, 19, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the 2004 murder of 65-year-old Lena Aragon Barrett of Roy. A jury convicted Cates in a three-day trial that ended Jan. 11. Cates had pleaded not guilty. The trial was moved from Harding to Quay County due […]

Safety check finds $1million in cash

QCS Staff SAN JON — A Department of Public Safety Motor Transportation Division police officer discovered more than $1 million in cash during a safety inspection of a tractor–trailer rig on Thursday. The money, found in denominations of $10 and $20, was bundled and filled a suitcase. “A million dollars is pretty unusual,” said Peter […]

12/3 Editorial

The U.S. Supreme Court last week made it sound as if it were strictly a narrow legal matter. However, in Schaffer v. Weast it set policies for thousands of school districts around the country, determined how millions of dollars will be spent and had a huge impact on what kind of services some 7 million […]

9/24 Quay personality

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Who: Brian Haines, new preacher at Tucumcari’s Church of Christ. Claim to fame: Well, maybe not a claim to fame, but certainly a notable fact — Haines used to work in homicide. “I worked law enforcement in Arizona, in the gang and repeat offender bureau,” Haines said, adding he was also a case worker in […]

Hung jury in trial

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun – Prosecutors express disappointment in outcome. The retrial of Kyle Evetts on child-molestation charges ended in a hung jury Friday. Prosecutor Donald Schutte said he was unsure whether the state could try Evetts again. “We will meet with the judge next week to decide if we can try the […]

Terri Schaivo case and coverage brought out best and worst of us

4/2 Editorial Terri Schiavo’s case was one that received a tremendous amount of judicial and media attention and forced America, and perhaps the world, to ponder life and death and the complexities of relationships. Schiavo died on Thursday morning. Her burial will not end the debates. Some people called it a killing, a murder. Others […]

Charges shelved in local case

William Thompson Jimmy L. Ingram, the man charged with harassment of a recent widow, had his case continued for six months in Quay County Magistrate Court recently. A court document states that parties in the case agreed to dismissal of the case in six months provided Ingram has no contact with Audra Pangburn, widow of […]

Case goes to jury

William Thompson Tenth Judicial District Judge Ricky D. Purcell told jurors in the Kyle Evetts case to come back to Quay County Courthouse Monday at 9 a.m. to continue deliberation. Jurors began deliberation around 5 p.m. Friday. At 9 p.m. Friday the judge decided to give the jurors the weekend off. Evetts, a local farmer […]

Questions remain in man’s death

William Thompson Juan Lucero, a 20-year-old cowboy from Logan, died on a ranch near Grady in February. New Mexico State Police officials said Lucero’s death is still under investigation. Lt. Nathan Wallace, of the New Mexico State Police, was reluctant to discuss the case but said state police investigators are awaiting lab results. “We are […]