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Gallup, May 18

Paul Jude Herrera, 51, of Gallup, was placed under arrest on May 18 for possession of a firearm by a felon after the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a possible drunk driver.

Sgt. Tammy Houghtaling responded to the call about a man seen drinking at Walmart. Herrera had already left...

Laguna Pueblo member charged with assault, intent to commit murder, kidnapping

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ALBUQUERQUE — Duane A. Day, 30, of New Laguna, N.M., appeared in federal court in Albuquerque on May 20 for arraignment on an indictment charging him with assault with intent to commit murder and kidnapping in Indian Country.

A grand jury indicted Day for the offenses on May 12. According to the indictment, Day committed the crimes on March 24 at a residence in New Laguna, which is in Cibola County.

Day allegedly strangled the victim twice, causing her to lose consciousness the second time. Day allegedly threatened the victim’s life during the assault. When the victim attempted to flee and screamed for help, Day threatened her with a metal garden hoe, directing her to move around as...


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Shane Jay Chon

Feb. 20, 1:49 am


Gallup Police Officer Jared Albert said he was dispatched to Allsup’s West in connection with a complaint from a caller that he was almost struck by a white car that later pulled into the store’s parking lot.

Albert said he found the vehicle next to a pump. It contained two individuals. Jared said when he talked to the driver, Shane Jay Chon, 20, of Mentmore,  he noticed several signs the driver was intoxicated.

Chon admitted to having had two beers a couple of hours before driving and agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests. Albert said Chon had a hard time following instructions and failed the tests, resulting in his arrest for...

Don’t get fooled

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FBI talks COVID-19 scams, cons

In a Twitter chat May 15, the FBI focused attention on ways scammers operate in the era of COVID-19 and how members of the public can avoid being deceived.

Here are some things to watch out for to keep from being victimized by fraud.

- Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 related vaccines, home test kits, protection, or treatments.

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure, approved treatment, or vaccine for COVID-19. While medical professionals and scientists throughout the U.S. are working hard to change that, scammers are working hard to sell bogus products that claim to prevent, treat, cure, and diagnose the disease. Some are selling fake...


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Teddy Nez

Feb. 23, 8:25 pm

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Officer Clarissa Morgan said she was traveling westbound on Interstate 49 when she noticed a brown pickup in her lane driving in the middle of two lanes.

The vehicle then went back to the inner lane before drifting back, causing problems for cars trying to pass him. The truck then started to speed up and then go slow, repeating this sequence a couple of times.

Morgan decided to do a traffic stop. She talked to Teddy Nez, 74, of Gallup, and found he was coming from Fire Rock Casino. He admitted he had a bit to drink at the casino. Morgan said she could smell alcohol from inside the vehicle.

Nez agreed to take the standard...

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