In aftermath, many have questions

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By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun On the city block adjacent to First Street and Charles Avenue lies a fence enclosing an irrigation canal. Many in Tucumcari now think of it as the place where they came to hope and pray Agustin “Augie” Montiel would survive. In the place of those people are now flowers [...]

Meth lab discovered in city

QCS Staff No arrests have been made in connection with a methamphetamine lab discovered Wednesday in Tucumcari, police said. The lab, found at 110 N. Park Street, was discovered when a prospective buyer was looking at the property, which currently has no residents. Officers from the Tucumcari Police Department were called shortly after 10 a.m. [...]

Shooting puts law enforcement on alert

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An atmosphere of vigilance has settled over New Mexico law enforcement agencies since they lost one of their own in a routine traffic stop on March 22. When he stopped the driver of a gold pickup truck, Deputy James McGrane Jr., 38, was shot in the head and died. For [...]

Local law enforcement receives Federal grant

By QCS staff Local law enforcement agencies are nearly $20,000 richer, thanks to a grant from the federal government. Part of the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant program, the $19,679 for the area will be shared by the Quay County sheriff’s department and Tucumcari police department and must be used to fund initiatives regarding evidence, according [...]

City gets ‘efficient and effective’ enhanced 911

By Martha Frost: Quay County Sun Dialing 911 in Quay County just got better — or it will get better in a few months, according to a joint agreement between the City of Tucumcari and Quay County. And it’s not only Quay that will benefit from the enhanced dispatch system. The enhanced system will branch [...]

Police chief settles in

QCS Staff Tucumcari Police Chief Larry Ham, who took over June 21, said he likes the attitiude of his officers and various community members he’s met recently. ”We have a lot of good officers here,” Ham said. “Their hearts and minds are in it and with a little training and better equipment I think we’re [...]

Overdose suspected in man’s death

A Missouri man died Sunday in Tucumcari following an apparent overdose of medication, police said. Police responded to a call from the Hampton Inn early Sunday morning, a police press release showed. Matthew Mummert, 25, of Oak Grove, Mo., was having seizures and was taken to Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital. He died in the [...]

City gets new police chief

By William Thompson Tucumcari has a new police chief. Lawrence Ham, a 13-year veteran of the Silver City Police Department, was hired Tuesday. He last worked as lieutenant and operations commander for Silver City police. Ham, who said he wants people in the community to call him “Larry,” said he is tough on crime and [...]

Grady salutes alumni

Grady will hold their Annual Memorial and Alumni Dinner at the Grady School Cafeteria on May 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cafeteria will be open at 9 a.m. for coffee. All 10 year classes will be recognized, beginning with the class of 1924. Hosts for the program will be the class of [...]