Police: Hittson beaten to death with rock

By Sharna Johnson CNJ STAFF WRITERsharna_johnson@link.freedom.comA witness described seeing his coworker beat a 51-year-old Tucumcari truck driver to death with a rock on the side of the road after the two had an argument in the early morning hours Thursday.The witness, an employee of a Roswell milk testing company, said he, Brandon Barela and Ronnie […]

Police seek cause of death of man found hit by train

By QCS Staff Tucumcari police are investigating the death of Rodney Judd, 27, who was hit by train sometime between midnight and 9 a.m. last Sunday, a department official confirmed on Friday. “We are looking into the cause and manner of his death.” said Police Chief Roger Hatcher. “We want to rule out any foul […]

Death penalty repeal heads to governor

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Friday’s decisive state Senate vote to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico was a direct result of November’s election of several new lawmakers. That’s the opinion expressed both by a leading supporter and by a leading opponent of House Bill 285, which would replace the death […]

Tougher laws proposed for underage drinking

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Chelle Delaney The tragic drowning of a 12-year-old has Tucumcari taking a hard look at underage drinking laws. A local attorney presented a proposal to the Tucumcari City Commission Thursday aimed at preventing tragedies like the drowning death of 12-year-old Augustine “Augie” Montiel in 2006. Alcohol contributed to the boy’s death, according to his mother. […]

Family holds protest seeking answers to toddler’s death

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Chelle Delaney The father of a 2-year-old boy who died last fall from blunt force trauma was one of six protesters outside the Quay County Courthouse Monday seeking answers to his son’s death. “There are too many unsolved murders in this town and we don’t want this to be another one,” said Bobby Prieto, Jr.

Bill to abolish death penatly gets go-ahead

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican With shaking hands and a quivering voice, a Las Vegas, N.M., woman whose son was executed by the state of Texas asked the New Mexico House of Representatives on Thursday to end capital punishment in this state. Though committee members’ minds probably were made up before Muina […]

Young found guilty in Santa Rosa prison case

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun An Albuquerque jury late Friday found Robert Young guilty of felony murder and other charges in the 1999 death of Santa Rosa prison guard Ralph Garcia, according to a press release from the N.M Attorney General’s office. Sentencing is expected in the latter part of January, 2009, the release […]

Tucumcari man charged with murder

QCSUN Staff A Tucumcari man has been charged with an open count of murder in connection with the death of a 2-year-old boy, a spokesman for the State Police said. Marcos Martinez, 22, is charged in connection with child’s death on Sept. 19, said State Police spokesman Lt. Eric Garcia. He is being held without […]

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 […]

Health screenings set to target Quay County’s five leading causes of death

By QCS Staff In this case it is not good to be among the top five. In this case, it is the top five leading causes of death in Quay County. They are: l Heart diseasel Cancerl Respiratory diseasesl Accidents l Tied for fifth place are diabetes and cerebrovascular disease. These were leading cause of […]