Commission apologizes for woman’s arrest

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A Tucumcari woman who was arrested and handcuffed at her business for not paying $136 in fines received a public apology from Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday night. Hope L. Ortiz said she had been to City Hall three times over the past two months to pay her fines […]

January 1938

Cupid won 3-To-1 over divorces in Quay County. Records disclosed that 185 marriage licenses were issued and 60 divorces were granted in District Court for the previous 12 months. …The local Chamber of Commerce sponsored a luncheon for Governor Tingley at the Rock Island Eating House. … H. W. Ingram, new owner of Barry Bros. […]

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 […]

Burleson trial venue changes

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun The trial of James Burleson, a Socorro fight promoter accused of slaying Jason Pacheco, will be heard in Fort Sumner in De Baca County, said Quay County prosecutor Kirk Chavez. “It’s been a high profile case. I think the Pacecho family and the victim are well-known in Tucumcari. And […]

Case expected to be retried because of jury poll

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun A Tucumcari man faces a retrial after a juror changed his mind following the announcement of a guilty verdict, a prosecutor said. Patrick Otero, 41, is charged with having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 2005 and 2006, prosecutor Len Walker said. A Quay County jury found Otero guilty […]

No bidders show for forclosure auction

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun No purchasers showed up to bid on The Historical Pow Wow Inn and a small strip shopping center that were to be auctioned Monday on the courthouse steps. Special master Billie Jo Burlbaw, who was there to conduct the sale, said it was not unusual to see a no […]

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 […]

Officials plan to extradite suspect in 1999 homicide

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By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun Tucumcari law officers are seeking extradition of a murder suspect from Washington state who may have fled the scene of a homicide eight years ago, Quay County prosecutor Kirk Chavez said. Prosecutors have requested a governor’s warrant requesting the suspect’s return to Tucumcari to stand trial, Chavez said. First, […]

Thomas pleads guilty to open container

By Freedom Newspapers Clovis’ City Manager Joe Thomas has pleaded guilty to an open container violation and prosecutors have dropped a more serious charge of driving under the influence, court records show. District Attorney Ronald Reeves was not available Thursday to comment on why the state dropped the DUI allegation, a staff member from Reeves’ […]

Burleson case bound over to district court

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Criminal charges against Jim Burleson, a fight promoter who has admitted shooting Jason Pacheco, will be bound over to district court, said Magistrate Court Judge Joel Garnett in a statement on Friday. Jason Pacheco died Feb. 1 after he was shot on Main Street. Burleson and Pacheco were both […]