Suspect arrested on child molestation charges

Thomas Garcia An illegal Mexican national, working in Tucumcari, was charged and arrested on Thursday on sexual molestation charges of a nine-year-old girl, police said. Gerado Alcala Quinonez, 25, was charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a first degree felony. He also was charged with two charges of criminal sexual penetration of a […]

Sixth Clovis jail escapee caught, two still at large

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Escapee Michael England was captured in Clovis around 11:30 a.m. Monday morning. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said England was caught without incident in the 500 block of Pile Street. Acting on a tip, Clovis police responded to an apartment complex where they found England hiding behind a bed, […]

Latham pleads no contest in Throckmorton shooting

Chelle Delaney A Tucumcari man on Friday was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the April 24, 2007, shooting death of Tiffany Throckmorton. Phillip J. Latham Jr., 26, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder charges and was sentenced by Judge David Reeb. Prosecutor Len Walker told the court he believed a jury would ultimately […]

Charges against Logan man reduced

By QCS Staff Charges against Shane Vest of Logan were reduced after a second hearing this week in Quay County Magistrate Court, according to court documents. Vest’s bond was dropped to $1,500 from $6,000 after the nine charges against him were reduced to three. Vest is charged with a felony count of possession of marijuana […]

Logan man arrested on drug charges

By QCS Staff A Logan man was arrested Monday at the Arrowhead RV Park in Logan on nine charges involving marijuana, Logan Police Chief Bob Gore said. The arrest of Shane Vest, 53, was the result of several months of investigation by the Logan Police Department, Gore said. Officers obtained a search warrant and confiscated […]

Cochran takes plea in Montiel drowning case

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun A 19-year-old Tucumcari woman has accepted a plea agreement in connection with a May 19, 2006 drowning of a 12-year-old boy that could put her in prison for nine years. Crystal Cochran pleaded guilty to conspiracy, to abuse of a child resulting in death, four charges of selling or […]

Charges against teens dropped

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Charges of conspiracy to commit murder have been dropped against two Tucumcari teenagers, said assistant district attorney Kirk C. Chavez. “The facts were not sufficient to continue with a criminal complaint against the 15-year-old,” said Chavez. “For one of the 17-year old juveniles facts did not support the conspiracy […]

Chavez faces drug charges

By QCS Staff Stella Chavez, 35, was charged on Friday with three felony charges for possession of drugs, battery and tampering with evidence. Chavez appeared in the Magistrate Court before Judge Edwin Bruhn. Chavez is the mother of Augustine Montiel, the 12-year-old who died in a Tucumcari canal. Montiel’s autopsy revealed that he was intoxicated. […]

April 22, 2006 Police Blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by Tucumcari police during the last few days. According to the reports: Tuesday • At 10:29 a.m., an officer executed a search warrant on Fourth Street. The warrant resulted in the arrest of a 24-year-old man on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of […]

March 11, 2006 Police Blotter

The following is a sample of calls received by the Tucumcari police during the last few days. According to the reports: Tuesday • At 9:12 p.m., a female reported an open door at a restaurant. The building was secured. • At 10:48 p.m., a female reported an injury at Third. Her husband, who was intoxicated, […]