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Arizona man charged in bank robbery

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An Arlington, Ariz. man was arrested Thursday by Gallup Police in connection with a bank robbery in Gallup earlier in the day.

Casey Erin Davenport, 41, was charged with robbery and tampering with evidence.

According to the criminal complaint filed against him, Gallup Police were dispatched to the Wells Fargo Bank, 300 West...

Gallup woman raped

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Staff reports

Local law enforcement officials are looking for a tall, heavy-set man in his forties in connection with a sexual assault that occurred Feb. 9, north of Gallup.

According to a report from the Gallup Police Department, the victim was leaving the Octavia Fellin Public Library at about 8:15 pm when a man approached her and asked for a ride. She told police she ignored the man but when she opened her door he pushed an object against the right side of her back and told her not to scream.

The assailant then allegedly pushed her into the passenger side seat and pointed a handgun at her, telling her to give him her phone. She described the weapon as a silver handgun with a...

NFL referee shares endearing stories, importance of education at annual Rotary scholarship banquet

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By Jonathan Gregg

Sun Correspondent

An estimated several hundred people turned out Thursday night for the annual Rotary club scholarship fundraiser at Red Rock Park.

The keynote speaker was longtime NFL referee Ed Hochuli. Most NFL fans would recognize the name, but for the casual fan, he’s the one that has biceps of steel, wears his tight-fitting number 85 jersey, and likes to explain the simplest penalties in a length that would rival War and Peace in length.

He also happens to be one of the most distinguished referees in the NFL, having officiated two Super Bowls, and in 2008 was voted the “best referee” in an ESPN poll.

However, what isn’t widely known is that Hochuli is...

Man found dead on I-40 median

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A man found dead on the Interstate 40 median this morning, near mile post 19, in Gallup, was hit sometime during the dark, early Friday morning hours.

Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer said two calls came in about the body, with the first one shortly after 6 am.

The first caller had reportedly passed through the area by the time they called police, saying there was a dead body on the median. An officer searched the area, but didn’t find a body.

The man, determined to be in his 20s, was discovered by a tractor-trailer driver about an hour after the first call. The driver stayed on scene until police arrived.

Spencer said the man had no identification on his body, but...

Looking for resolution

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Families of missing, murdered indigenous people gather at rally

Surely, pinning up flyers of missing and murdered individuals in local communities helps get the word out there, but for the family of victims, waiting on some type of resolution can feel like torture.

In the case of unsolved murders, for victims’ families, emotions scar and frustration runs high. Such as the case of Leland Antonio Tso, 37, of Wheatfields, Ariz., who was murdered July 5, 2016.

Tso’s niece, Tiara Shorty, also from Wheatfields, and her family participated in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Men and Women awareness drive at Red Rock Park in Gallup Feb. 3.

Tso’s family mingled with other...

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