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Leland Begay

Oct. 29, 11:33 pm

Aggravated DWI

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Roane Alan was dispatched to attempt to locate a black Chevy Spark after Metro Dispatch informed him the driver had been refused sales at the Sagebrush liquor store.

The vehicle was reportedly heading east on Highway 264. Alan was...

Local campaign launched to prevent freezing deaths

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One freezing death is too many during the cold season in Gallup.

So, to help put an end to this seasonal crisis, Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services’ Behavioral Health Collaborative and seven collaborative behavioral health service members have launched their annual campaign to create awareness for residents in danger of freezing to death in Gallup-McKinley County’s numerous arroyos and pedestrian areas.

The group is building awareness by having the hospital’s WellSpring Recovery Center and Community Work Service Program members fan out across Gallup in November, distributing flyers to businesses for posting in store front windows.

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Yah-ta-hey store burglarized

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Deputy Paul Davis, Jr. was dispatched to Family Dollar, #26 Hwy. 264 in Yah-ta-hey, N.M. Nov. 5 to respond to an alarm called in by a business security company. Upon his arrival at 5:26 am, he found a broken window near the front entrance on the south side of the business.

A yellow vending machine for a local newspaper was lying next to the window.

Upon checking the area, Davis saw items had been disturbed and moved around the cashier’s area.

Davis and Deputy Michael Harvey entered the business through the broken window and found no one inside. Harvey found a rear entrance door was partially open. It appeared the suspects left through the entrance on the northwest corner.


730.5 pounds of marijuana seized

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The New Mexico State Police seized 93 pounds of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Oct. 29 while doing a safety cab inspection on a 2019 Commercial Motor Vehicle at the Gallup Port of Entry, west of Gallup. They arrested driver Corey Green Thomas 49, of Cedar Hill, Tex.

Within the next three days, there were two separate incidents in which CMV drivers were arrested after safety inspections at the Gallup Port of Entry. State Police officers discovered 491 pounds of marijuana inside the trailer of one vehicle and 146.5 pounds of marijuana inside another. The two drivers picked up on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 were Zheng Kuang, 30 of Baldwin Park, Calif., and Lekang Wang, 34, of Flushing, N.Y.

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Ya-ta-hey, Oct. 5

A Yah-ta-hey man was arrested on multiple charges of assault on health personnel after he reportedly threatened three health professionals at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital.

Gallup police were called to RMCH on Oct. 5 about 2 pm because of complaints about dealing with one of the hospital’s patients, Carlos Shorty, 45. Shorty had been transferred to RMCH the day before by officials at the Gallup Indian Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

Police were told that during the day Shorty had tried to run away, back to a group home where he had been living.

A nurse at the hospital said when she told him to stay in his room. He told her to mind...

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