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Suspect sought in three gas station robberies

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Reports suggest there is one suspect in all three incidents

An unknown suspect remains on the lam after three gas station and convenience store robberies on July 6, according to police reports. In each of the robberies, the lone suspect brandished a pistol and an accomplice waited in a getaway pickup truck. The reports...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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7/16, GALLUP

Gallup Police Department Daniel Brown was dispatched to the area of 204. W. Jefferson Ave. in reference to a man threatening his mother. When Brown arrived at the scene with a supporting officer, Adrian Chavez, 30, was walking eastbound at 107 W. Jefferson Ave.

Chavez, who had a warrant out for his arrest, smelled of alcohol. After being handcuffed, he grabbed Brown’s hand and squeezed. He became combative, refused to get to the ground, and told Brown he was going to eat him; he began to spit on the officer. He also kicked and attempted to bite Brown. Chavez was eventually secured in the police vehicle.

He was booked on charges of battery...


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The legal limit is .08.

Orlando Yazzie

July 14, 8:07 pm

4th DWI

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Arnold J. Noriega was parked in the lot of Big Bear Furniture at N. Ninth Street and W. Jefferson Avenue in Gallup, when he noticed a silver Ford Mustang traveling northbound on Ninth, failing to stop at an intersection before heading west on Jefferson.

Noriega pulled the Mustang over in the lot of Church’s Chicken, 1015 U.S. 491. Yazzie, 40, claimed he had not been drinking, but both the car’s interior and Yazzie  smelled strongly of alcohol, and there was an unopened beer can in the back. Yazzie refused field sobriety testing. He blew .20 and .19 during...

Hit and run driver sought

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Two kids taken to hospital in incident

By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

Gallup police remain on the lookout for a vehicle that hit two kids near the intersection of Ford Canyon Drive and East Historic Highway 66, according to a police report.

Gallup Police Officer Chris Molina wrote that on July 9 a grey four-door Dodge pickup truck struck the kids while they were waiting for their mother to unload her car.  The ages of the children in question were 2 and 12 years old, according to the police report by Molina.

The suspected vehicle was equipped with a “push bumper,” similar to the one on police cars, Molina wrote. At least one of the injured kids had to be airlifted to an...

Dead body found off Second Street

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Report: Dead man choked to death

By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

A dead body discovered off Second Street and not far from Sundance Dental isn’t the result of a homicide, but is something that is related to choking and drinking, according to a police report.

On July 7 at 3:15 pm, Officer Dwayne Holder of the Gallup Police Department responded to a report about someone laying on the ground and not breathing. Personnel from the city fire department checked the subject, but found no pulse.

“…informing me that the male subject was deceased and there was the onset of rigor mortis,” Holder wrote in the report as to what medics said.

After scouring the scene for potential...

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