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Vehicle accident leads to drug bust

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When McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Robert Turney arrived at the scene of an accident at Twin Buttes Road, it was to assist deputies already investigating the non-injury crash March 26.

He saw that the other deputies were safely away from the road speaking with the driver, 38-year-old Tyrannus White, when he...

Man arrested in courtroom fight

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Some bad words from two men at District Court March 22 for separate cases erupted into a fight, with one litigant said to another, “I’m going to kill you,” according to a police report.

The incident happened just after District Court Judge Louis DiPauli, Jr., recessed a domestic violence hearing involving Michael Williams, 37, and Amy Lucero, 37.

Lucero and Bryan Burrola are litigants in a 2016 case involving stolen credit cards that belonged to a dead woman from California. That case is separate from the domestic one dealing with Williams and Lucero.

Burrola, 40, was working for a tow company at the time and stole the dead female’s credit cards and Lucero used the cards to...

Gallup man jailed on DWI charges

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A Gallup man remained behind bars March 28 at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on charges stemming from a DWI traffic stop in Indian Hills, according to a police report.

Nathan Bia, 41, was taken into custody after Gallup police officer Harland Soseeah conducted a traffic stop at 12:27 pm. Bia was behind the wheel of a grey mini-van that was swerving through a construction zone near Vandenbosch Parkway. After hitting a curb and getting stuck for a while, the report states, Bia drove into the Gilbert Ortega’s Shell gas station and went inside and then walked into the Indian Hills neighborhood area. Prior to Gallup police arriving, Bia was observed by a Community Service...

Mexico to extradite Roswell man accused of killing his family

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced March 29 that Juan David Villegas was successfully extradited this afternoon and is on U.S. soil in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.

Balderas used the extradition process for the return of this fugitive back to the United States, and as a result Juan David Villegas was captured and returned to stand trial for the deaths of his wife and four daughters in New Mexico.

On June 12, it is alleged that former fugitive Villegas shot and killed his wife, Cynthia Villegas and shot and killed his four daughters: Yamilen Villegas; Cynthia Janeth Villegas; Abigayl (Abby) Villegas; and Idaleigh (Idaly)...

Yahtahey female strikes parked cars, jailed

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Woman hit cars at Sun Valley parking lot

A Yatahey female, jailed March 19 at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on abandonment or abuse of a child, driving while under the influence of alcohol, consuming or possessing alcohol in an open container and duty upon striking an unattended vehicle charges, was released from custody March 20, records show.

The arrest was connected to the female hitting a slew of parked cars at an apartment complex.

Valarie Negale, 26, was taken to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center after a apparent evening of drinking. Gallup police officer John Gonzales recorded in a police report that Negale, a former employee at Gallup’s west side...

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