Two arrested in high-speed pursuit

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QCS Staff Two men were arrested Monday after leading police on a chase on Interstate 40 east of Tucumcari in which the suspects’ vehicle reached speeds of up to 140 mph, according to New Mexico State Police officials. Gilbert Moreno, 27, of Albuquerque, Jason Decarlo, 23, of Groesbeck, Texas, were taken into custody without incident [...]

Bank robbery suspects posted note on Spider-Man comic book page

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The suspects accused of robbing American Heritage Bank in Melrose on Monday morning posted a handwritten, misspelled note on the back of a Spider-Man comic book page on the front door of the bank after entering the building, according to court records. The note said, “closed intill further notice, [...]

Melrose bank robbed, four arrested in Quay County

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Freedom New Mexico Three men and a woman accused of robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose are at the Curry County Detention Center following a Monday morning pursuit with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico State Police. Marcos Maestas, 20, Patrick Quintana, 25, Juana Griego, 19 and Santos Preciado, 18, all [...]

Tucumcari woman shot four times with BB gun

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Freedom New Mexico A 49-year-old Tucumcari woman was shot with a BB gun in the arm, wrist and back about 1 p.m. Friday, Police Chief Roger Hatcher said. She was transported to Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital where X-rays showed four BBs lodged beneath her skin, Hatcher said. Hatcher said the victim told officers four [...]

Lead investigator does behind the scenes work at DA’s office

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By William Thompson: Quay County Sun Frank Gutierrez, the lead investigator for the Quay County District Attorney’s office, helps investigate upwards of 50 cases a month. He said he spends a lot of time tracking down victims and prosecution witnesses reluctant to testify. “In the past month I’ve had to track down around 30 people,” [...]

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 [...]