Gun locks available

William Thompson Local owners of firearms can pick up free gun locks at the Tucumcari Police Station, the Logan Police Station and the Quay County Sheriffs Office. The free gun locks are now available due to the efforts of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Susie Moore, secretary for the Quay County Sheriffs Office, said the […]

Vance case opening up

TV Hagenah The Tucumcari grandmother killed in a local gift shop on Jan. 20 was “shot execution style,” New Mexico State Police Maj. Daniel Lopez said this week. “I can’t elaborate any more than that,” Lopez said. Joanie Vance, 62, was a mother of three and grandmother of three who had been working at the […]

Area law makes Tucumcari drug bust

TV Hagenah The New Mexico State Police Narcotics Section, working in conjunction with the Tucumcari Police Department, finished a three month operation in Tucumcari and Quay County on Wednesday, Jan. 28 targeting drugs and arrested 11 individuals involved. According to State police Lt. Nathan Wallace on Wednesday, Jan. 28, members of law enforcement agencies within […]

Homicide investigation continues

TV Hagenah According to representatives of area law enforcement agencies, work is continuing in the homicide investigation of the death of Joanie Vance of rural Tucumcari which took place Tuesday evening, Jan. 20 at the Sundowner Gallery and Gifts on First Street around 5 p.m. “Investigating officers are working on it extremely hard,” said New […]

Police Blotter Jan. 7

The following are samples of calls received by Tucumcari police within the last week. According to the reports: Jan. 6 • About 4 a.m. a 48-year-old male was arrested at the 400 block of East Turner for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing. Jan. 5 • About 8 p.m. a […]

2003 top ten news stories

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QCS Staff A handful of stories each year get much of the community stirring. The Quay County Sun staff believes these are 10 such stories. No. 1 WIND FARM OPENS, ANOTHER ON THE WAY Quay County became a national leader in the race for alternative energy in 2003. The world’s third-largest wind farm opened at […]

Police led to stolen property

By Ryan Lengerich A tip about stolen merchandise at a local convenience store led to the arrest of two Tucumcari residents, police said Friday. Jocelin Martinez, 19, and Dominic Martinez, 19, were arrested Dec. 12 when police searched the couple’s home at 609 S. Fifth St. after merchandise was reported stolen from Love’s Country Store […]

Local woman claims police harass her son

By TV Hagenah A Tucumcari woman on Thursday told city commissioners her son is a victim of police harassment. Elizabeth N. Garcia said police have been following her son, Jose Roberto, since he was found not guilty in municipal court for an alleged seatbelt violation. She read from a letter written by her 16-year-old son. […]

Local man dies in crash

By Angela Peacock A Tucumcari man was killed on impact Saturday night when his car crashed into the home of two local residents, local police said. Joseph Carlson, 71, was driving a tan Ford station wagon when he wrecked into the front wall of John and Lilly Mahill’s home at 1824 S. 5th St. Tucumcari […]

Calif. killer suspect arrested in Tucumcari

By Ryan Lengerich A California man was arrested last month in Tucumcari after police said he shot and killed a man in North Hollywood, Calif., and then disappeared from the scene. New Mexico State Police learned on Nov. 22 that Marchell Wilson, 27, of Lancaster, Calif., was wanted for firearms violations and homicide. Officials in […]