Police suspect foul play in motel deaths

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Thomas Garcia New Mexico State Police are investigating the deaths of two men at a Tucumcari motel where officers suspect foul play. “At this time we consider the two deaths to be suspicious,” said State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Glascock said two men were found deceased in a hotel room Thursday

Bikers run on common ground with our pioneers

By Lynn Moncus Last Sunday evening, Mr. Bill Kinder, owner of the Blue Swallow Motel, invited me to have dinner with a group of bicycle riders and to talk to them a little about the history of Tucumcari. Of course, I was thinking about Mrs. Lillian Redman, the former owner, and of the times she […]

05-02-09: Police Blotter

The following is a sample of calls received during the last few days by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department.Tuesdayl At 2:25 a.m., a female reported a TV in front of the office at a motel on east Tucumcari Boulevard and she doesn’t know what happened.l At 1:25 […]

Trial set in slaying of motel clerk

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun The case against James Benuska, 39, who was arrested and charged in the slaying of a Tucumcari motel clerk last fall, was bound over Thursday for trial in district court. District Court Judge Don Schutte said there was probable cause to try the case in district court following testimony […]

03-29-2008: Police Blotter

TuesdayAt 12:44 p.m., a female came to the police station to report possible fraud. The officer advised the female subject had been contacted by phone about her banking information. The officer advised that since she did give out her information that she close her account. The female subject advised that she had closed her account. […]

Man pleads not guilty in motel slaying

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun James Allen Benuska, 39, has pleaded not guilty in district court to charges of murder and tampering with evidence in connection with the homicide of a Tucumcari motel clerk, according to court documents. Helen Nancy Archibeque, 60, a night shift clerk, was found slain at the Microtel Inn last […]

Woman found dead at motel

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By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun A female motel worker was found dead this morning at a Tucumcari motel on First Street, New Mexico State Police said. “We are investigating a homicide,” said Lt. Cleo Baker. The woman was an employee of the Microtel Inn on First Street, he said. Officers were stationed around the […]

August 1974

National Guardsmen left for their annual camp held at El Paso, Texas. … The class of 1944 was host to the 1974 Rattler Reunion…The Tucumcari Recreation Department sponsored youth motorcycle races at the motocross track in Metropolitan Park. … A 22-year-old Juarez, Mexico man, Marcello Sainz, had both his legs severed below the knee when […]

New signage coming for hotel

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QCS Staff Next month, the official Quality Inn sign will be placed on its hotel at 3716 E. Tucumcari Boulevard, said Sarah Hittson, acting general manager. The hotel/motel which was built in the 1960s as a Holiday Inn is entering a new stage as its old Holiday Inn franchisor trends toward hospitality units that are […]

Former GM of motel arrested

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff Douglas Ewing, the former general manager of the Tucumcari Holiday Inn, was arrested Wednesday on 20 felony counts for embezzlement, Tucumcari Police Chief Larry Ham said. Ewing, 49, was arrested in Tijeras by officers from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department. Officials allege he embezzled $42,500 from Tucumcari’s Holiday Inn. If […]