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FBI ID's man found dead in burning car

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The FBI has identified the body that was found in the trunk of a burning car near Church Rock, N.M., on Monday. The body of Nastacio Keith Travis, 51, of Zuni, N.M., was in the trunk of a light-colored Dodge Avenger SXT discovered on fire off Pipeline Road, in an isolated area north of Church Rock, on the Navajo Nation.

Pedestrian fatally struck in McKinley County

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New Mexico State Police were called out around 4:58 am on July 2 to find a person lying in the roadway in the northbound lane of Interstate 40, around mile post 55, near Thoreau.

The body was identified as pedestrian, Ferland Johnson, 23.  He appeared to have died after being hit by an unknown vehicle, possibly during the early morning hours of July 2.

The case remains under investigation by state police with assistance from the Crash Reconstruction Unit.

Anyone with knowledge about this incident is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police at (505) 841-9526.

State police investigate Gallup police use-of-force incident

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On June 28, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a use-of-force incident involving an intoxicated male and the Gallup Police Department.

State Police agents learned on June 28 around 8:30 pm, GPD officers were dispatched to the J. C. Penney to remove an intoxicated male. The male was later identified as Rodney Lynch, 41, of Gallup. Lynch was combative with the officers on scene. He was taken into custody and transported to Na’Nizhoozhi Center, Inc.

When they arrived at NCI, Lynch struck one of the officers and again became combative. As the officers attempted to gain control of Lynch, a sergeant and an additional officer, both of GPD...


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Garreitt S. Lansing

June 15, , 11:36pm

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On June 15, Gallup Police Ofc. Thomas House was in the parking lot of the Rio West Mall for a special event, when he was approached by a man who said a silver Jeep with N. M. plates hit his vehicle in the parking lot of the Cultural Center by the skate park and followed it to the parking lot of the mall.  The man pointed to the jeep.

House drove over and engaged his emergency lights behind the Jeep.  But the vehicle did not stop.  It continued traveling slowly in the parking lot.

After Ofc. Justin Foster pulled in front of the jeep, the driver stopped. The driver handed his keys to Foster. House said he smelled alcohol coming...

Navajo Police seek public’s assistance in locating missing woman

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PINON, Ariz. -  The Navajo Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Jamie Yazzie from Pinon, Ariz. Yazzie’s last known contact was June 30 when she communicated with a co-worker. She has not been seen or heard from since.

Yazzie is a Native American woman from the Navajo tribe. She was last seen leaving her employment at the Pinon Clinic in Pinon, Ariz. She is about 5’5’’ tall with brown eyes and black hair.  She weighs between 230-240 lbs and is 32 years old.

Navajo Police Department received a call on July 5 when a co-worker reported that Yazzie’s vehicle was found less than a mile east of the Pinon Clinic.  An active search is currently being...
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