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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Judge turns case over to district court

By Staff: Quay County Sun CS Staff Magistrate Judge Edwin Bruhn turned the case of Crystal Cochran and Fred Jaramillo, III, over to district courts Thursday. Cochran and Jaramillo are each charged with more than a dozen felony counts in connection with the death of 12-year-old Augustine Montiel. He died May 18 in a Tucumcari […]

Jaramillo’s request to lower bond denied

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A man accused of supplying alcohol to a minor who drowned last month will not receive a lower bond, a judge ruled on Tuesday. Judge Edwin Bruhn said bond for Fred Jaramillo III, 23, would remain at $100,000. Jaramillo has been in jail since June 13, when he was […]

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 […]

Child remembers as generous, humorous

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun When Maria Yvarra thinks of her boyfriend, she doesn’t think of Agustin Montiel, the 12-year-old who died late last week in an irrigation canal accident. She thinks of Augie, her boyfriend who joked when he said he was “too cool for school” and was serious when he said he […]

May 24, 2006 Obituaries

Agustin Montiel Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Agustin “Augie” Christopher Montiel, 12, died Thursday, May 18, 2006, in Tucumcari. Agustin was born May 16, 1994, in Tucumcari. He was a student at the Tucumcari School System and a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Agustin was preceded in death by his […]

Canal accident claims life

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By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Dive teams found the body of a 12-year-old boy Friday night after nearly 24 hours of searching in a Tucumcari irrigation canal. Residents of Tucumcari hoped and prayed for the best, but feared the worst with every passing hour that Agustin “Augie” Montiel, a fifth-grader at Tucumcari Elementary School, […]