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Weekly Crime Blotter

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In order to better serve our readers, this section is broken up by area/neighborhood.

South Second Street Business District

Gallup Fire Department and Police Department discovered the body of Albert Hunt, 48, of Breadsprings, NM June 11, laying in the area of the Pepsi Cola Plant on Apache Circle. Capt. Rick White said that they are awaiting the results of the toxicology report and that there were no signs of foul play.

McKinley County Sheri

Office assisted GPD on a fight call June 12 in the area of 1502 South Second Street. Tracey Begaye, 27, of Breadsprings and Ramsey Lee, 36, of Blackhat told officers that they had been beaten up for their “drinks.” Begaye was taken to Gallup Detox, Lee to the hospital to be checked on for his injuries. The reported suspects were not located.

East Side Residential Area

Rhotania Yellowhorse, 42, of Gallup was arrested June 11 for scratching her 17-year-old son during a struggle for the car keys. Yellowhorse was booked on charges of child abuse.

North Side

Auto recovery

Darrell Tsosie, 48, of Gallup was arrested and the reported stolen vehicle he was in possession of was recovered June 8 from the American Heritage Giant Gas station.

Brazen act backfires

John Cordova told police his barking dogs alerted him to a theft in progress, at his own residence. He witnessed Genevieve King, 55, of Gallup leaving his home with his wife’s jewelry box June 6. The property, which was estimated at approximately $300, was returned to Cordova. King was arrested and charged with burglary, larceny, receiving stolen property and two warrants for failure to appear in court.

Flea Market groper

A woman was assaulted at the Gallup Flea Market June 13. According to the report, filed by McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Merlin Benally, the female victim was walking with her boyfriend when another man ran into her and groped her back and buttocks area. Undersheriff Lucero said that MCSO is definitely investigating the incident.

If you must drink, leave the kids at home

MCSO Deputy Gabrielle Puhuyesva arrested Vanessa Dale, 27, of Ganado, Ariz. for child abuse and disorderly conduct June 13. Dale was found to be intoxicated, with her 8-year-old son in tow, at the Gas Max convenience store in Yahtahey, NM. After being placed in custody, Dale threatened to kill Puhuyesva’s family and called her various names. Undersheriff Lucero said that more charges could possibly be filed on Dale by investigators and/or the District Attorney’s Office.

Wannabe fight club

MCSO responded to Gamerco June 15 in reference to an 11-year-old boy who was allegedly forced to fight other boys by some older boys. The instigators of this pseudo fight club are described as 12 and 14-year-old boys, while the victims are 10 to 11-year-olds. The younger boys are reportedly told to fight or that they will get beat up themselves. This particular fight was recorded on a cell phone and shown to deputies.

Thoreau, NM

A homeowner reported a shattered window to her spare bedroom on Windsong Avenue. June 13, no items were taken from the residence. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office wrote the incident up as criminal damage to property. Undersheriff Paul Lucero said that MCSO has increased patrols through the area.