Shooting victim dead

QCS Staff The victim of a June 1 shooting in Tucumcari died Monday night following weeks in intensive care. Howard Russell King, 45, died at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, said Donald Schutte, family attorney. Schutte said King was in an Amarillo hospital soon after the shooting, then moved to a rehabilitation hospital in Albuquerque. He […]

Animal cruelty case against Mayor continued

QCS Staff A pre-trial conference regarding animal cruelty charges against Tucumcari Mayor Antonio Apodaca was continued Wednesday because the prosecuting officer was not available to appear at court proceedings. Apodaca’s pre-trial conference will be held in two-to-four weeks, said Donald Schutte, the mayor’s attorney. “The court was told that the prosecuting officer had to go […]

Teen charged in pellet gun shootings

By Thomas Garcia Quay County Sun A 16-year-old girl was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the shooting of two people with a pellet gun. If convicted of all the charges, she could face up to nine years in jail, said 10th Judicial District […]

Suit filed against owner of Sands Dorsey

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun The owner of the Sands Dorsey building is being sued for damages by a neighboring property owner and business, according to documents filed in the 10th District Court. Robert Hengstenberg, owner of the Sands Dorsey building, is being sued by Donald C. Schutte and Ruth Nelson, both of Tucumcari, […]

Schutte named 10th Judicial District Judge

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Local prosecutor Donald C. Schutte was appointed to fill the vacant position in the 10th Judicial District Court on Thursday by Gov. Bill Richardson. Schutte’s swearing in ceremony will be Sept. 7, he said. There are several trials that he said he wants to see through to completion before […]

Santa Rosan pleads guilty

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff A Santa Rosa man prosecutors said contributed to the death of two people by buying alcohol for a drunken driver and accompanying the driver in the vehicle pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and great bodily injury on Thursday in Quay County district court. “The passenger was prosecuted as if he […]

Cates given life sentence

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun Norman Tyrell Cates, 19, was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the 2004 murder of 65-year-old Lena Aragon Barrett of Roy. A jury convicted Cates in a three-day trial that ended Jan. 11. Cates had pleaded not guilty. The trial was moved from Harding to Quay County due […]

County commission seeks DWI funds

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun Quay County commissioners have authorized the district attorney’s office to seek the return of more than $35,000 from the Quay County DWI Task Force. Commissioners allege Task Force officials improperly transferred $35,756, acquired mostly from donations, to a private non-profit company, court records show. Noreen Hendrickson, the director of […]

Harding teen found guilty in murder trial

By Ryn Gargulinski A Quay County jury on Thursday found a Harding County teenager guilty of murder. Norman Tyrell Cates, 18, was convicted of killing Lena Barrett, a senior citizen from Roy. She was found dead in her home on Dec. 20, 2004, according to a release from the office of Quay District Attorney Don […]

Ex-detention officer agrees to plea deal

QCS staff A former juvenile detention officer accused of sexual misconduct with inmates has accepted a plea agreement that includes three years probation. Robert Gonzalez was charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor after three inmates complained to authorities. The sex […]