Police: Nose biting victim subdued partycrasher

Freedom New Mexico Police say it now appears a 34-year-old Curry County man whose nose was bitten off in a fight was actually trying to subdue a party crasher wielding a knife. Police originally had information that identified Gilbert Aburto as the person with the knife. They now say another man had the knife and […]

Troubles dismissed when old friends arrive

By Lynn Moncus

Suspect arrested in homicide

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Police believe an argument after a night of drinking led a 24-year-old Roswell man to beat a 51-year-old truck driver to death and dump his body in a ditch east of Clovis. Brandon Barela was arrested Friday afternoon in Roswell and is charged with an open count of murder. […]

Homicide victim believed to be Tucumcari truck driver

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Investigators believe a homicide victim found in eastern Curry County on Thursday morning is a 51-year-old truck driver from Tucumcari. But officers are hesitant to conclusively identify Ronnie Ernest Hittson as Thursday’s victim, Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller said, until a full investigation is performed by medical examiners. “At […]

Man found dead on railroad tracks

By QCS Staff A 27-year-old Hispanic man from Tucumcari was hit and killed by a train sometime between midnight and 9 a.m. Sunday, police said. The man’s name is not being released until his next of kin have been notified, said Police Chief Roger Hatcher. The man had a cell phone and he is known […]

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. […]

Clovis police nab jail escapee

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The seventh of eight escaped inmates was captured Monday night after a citizen spotted 19-year-old Louis Chavez in a Clovis grocery store, according to police. Chavez was captured without incident in a vehicle outside Lowe’s grocery store on 14th Street, according to Police Capt. Patrick Whitney.Whitney said a citizen […]

11-01-2008: 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 1:13 a.m., the manager of a business on west Route 66 Boulevard reported a juvenile shoplifter.l At 6:01 p.m., a male at a business on south […]

Two-year-old boy brought much joy to family

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Chelle Delaney By Chelle DelaneyQuay County Sun Thomas Lee Prieto had a favorite blanket, a favorite cartoon character — SpongeBob SquarePants — and an outgoing personality. “He was like Linus with his blanket,” said his mother, Monique Garcia. “When you’d go to the grocery store, he’d say hi to everybody,” said Rachel Garcia, Thomas’ grandmother. […]

Death of boy, 2, is under investigation

By QCS Staff The death of a 2-year-old Tucumcari boy is being investigated by the state’s Criminal Investigation Bureau. The boy was transported Friday afternoon to Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital, according to police documents. Because there is an ongoing investigation police would not disclose any details in the case. Criminal investigators are reviewing the […]