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West Side Business District

Gallup Police are searching for another robbery suspect. According to the police report, filed on May 27 by Officer Steven Peshlakai, Red Lion Hotel was robbed. The clerk told officers that an African American male walked into the business around 4:30 in the morning and demanded all of the...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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By Kimberly A. Gaona

Red Rock Area

Benton Yazzie, 42, of Thoreau, N.M. was arrested for his second driving while intoxicated charge on May 19 after he was involved in an automobile crash on Red Rock Drive near Susan.

Front Row Seat East

Four adult males were arrested on May 23 for drinking in front of the business of Front Row Seat on East Highway 66. Darrell Livingston, 37; Emerson Yazzie, 45; Alvin Nelwoot, 42 all from Church Rock, N.M. along with Virgil Martinez Sr., 58, of Ft. Wingate, N.M. were all observed by police officers drinking a 24 ounce can of alcohol.

Big Cheese East

On the same day, May 23, three more male individuals were arrested for drinking a can of beer in...


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Juan Casuse Jr, 52, Crownpoint, NM

Casuse was arrested May 16 on his fifth driving while intoxicated after McKinley County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) were called to the area of Highway 491 and Chino Loop in regards to a vehicle crash. He was also charged with lack of proof of insurance, vehicles approaching or entering intersection and was booked on an outstanding warrant for his fourth DWI offense.

Gary Lee, 39, Gallup, NM

MCSO Deputy Arnold Noriega stopped a vehicle for speeding and ended up taking Lee to jail May 17 for Aggravated DWI, speed regulation, fail to yield to emergency vehicle (due to him not pulling over right away for the deputy.) On the breathalyzer, Lee blew...

Drunk woman abandons 8 year old

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Valcita Begay, 34, of Gallup, was arrested May 15 after Gallup Police Department officers were called to the apartments on Elm Circle to do a welfare check on a small female child.

According to the police report, filed by Officer Jessie Diaz, when they first arrived at the apartment, he saw a male carrying out a the child. T

The man, Robby Emerson, 29 of Church Rock, told Diaz that he was the girl’s uncle and that she had called him because she was scared of her mother.

Emerson’s sister arrived and gained access into the apartment that Begay was refusing to let the officer’s in.

Emerson and the child, reportedly told Diaz that she (the child) had been thrown down by Begay and...

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Gallup Police Department wants their citizens to wear their seat belts and watch out for scams. The Click It or Ticket National Mobilization period has begun and officers are working hard to check that all those traveling in vehicles are wearing their seat belts.

“Everybody wear your seat belts, everyone in the vehicle, even passengers have to wear their seat belts,” Capt. Rick White, spokesperson, said. “Seat belts save lives, all passengers in the vehicle have got to be buckled up or they will also get tickets.”

There is also another scam going around Gallup and McKinley County. According to White, citizens have been receiving phone calls from callers that tell them their...

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