Stabbing victim found, testifies

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun A Tucumcari man police say disappeared after he was stabbed Jan. 9 has been located and has given taped testimony against his attackers, officials said. Dustin Raines left an Amarillo hospital sometime in mid-January without notifying the Quay County District Attorney’s office and could not be found until Feb. […]

$50K bond set in marijuana bust

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun Gary James Emily was arraigned in Quay County Magistrate Court Tuesday. He entered a plea of not guilty to a felony charge of distribution of marijuana. His bond was set at $50,000. Early Sunday, a state police officer found nearly 38 pounds of marijuana inside the spare tires of […]

State cops find marijuana cache

By William Thompson: Quay County Sun A 1993 Ford pickup was pulled over late Saturday evening near the former Tucumcari Truck Stop on the west end of town and a state police officer, David O’Leary, found 37.8 pounds of marijuana inside the truck’s spare tires. The driver, Gary James Emily, was subsequently arrested and charged […]

Lady Rattlers dealt crushing blow

QCS staff The Tucumcari High School girls basketball team suffered its worst loss of the season Thursday, falling to the Vixens of Fort Sumner, 56-15. The Lady Rattlers’ inability to solve Fort Sumner’s full-court press spelled doom early as Tucumcari ball handlers rarely got the ball past mid-court without giving it away. Fort Sumner beat […]

State tries suspect as adult

William Thompson Norman Tyrell Cates, 17, will be tried as an adult in the homicide of Lena Aragon Barrett, 75. Barrett was found dead inside her Roy home Dec. 20. According to Lina Weisdorfer, district court clerk for Harding County, Cates’ attorney has filed a new motion. “Abigail Aragon, the defendant’s attorney, has filed a […]

Lady Rattlers win second in two days

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School girls basketball team did something Saturday they failed to do all last season. They put together a two-game winning streak by beating Logan 57-56 at Logan. The hard-fought game came down to the final six seconds. The Lady Longhorns had to bring the ball all the way up court […]

Man gets five years in heroin conviction

William Thompson Manuel Ortiz, 44, was convicted Monday in Tenth Judicial District Court of conspiracy to trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin) and tampering with evidence. Ortiz plead guilty to those charges and was sentenced to five years in prison. Ortiz agreed to turn himself next month according to a court document. “The defendant shall […]

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 […]

Advocate helps victims face court

William Thompson Donna Townsend, the Quay County District Attorney’s Victim Advocate, helps victims of serious crimes negotiate the legal system. She often finds herself lending support to a victim as a lengthy trials bears down on the victim’s emotions. “Some of the trials are really tough emotionally,” said Townsend, “but I get a good feeling […]

Rattlers show stuff at intra-squad scrimmage

William Thompson The Tucumcari High School boys and girls basketball teams held intra-squad scrimmages Monday evening at the Tucumcari Elementary School gym. Boys’ coach John Span said he liked the energy level of his players while girls coach Alicia Trujillo said her players need more work. Boys Hustle is the name of the game for […]