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Police plan to collaborate on DWI busts this summer

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State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers’ License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of May 2017.

And they won’t be alone.

Throughout the months of May through September, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office DWI Task Force...

Dead couple on hard times; car being repossessed

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Two people and a dog are dead from gunshot wounds after an apparent car repossession reached the point of no return at Gallup’s Walmart. That’s the story line stemming from an April 25 incident that left a white male and female and a dog dead, police and witness reports suggest.

According to a police report, Gary Crakow, 70, and Virgina Leichliter, 70, of Mesa, Ariz., were pronounced deceased by Gallup emergency responders in Row 10 of the parking lot at Walmart at 1650 W. Maloney Ave.

The police report, released April 27, states that Jeremy Greeson of Reservation Recovery towing service, told Gallup police that he was about to tow a black Hyundai Santa Fe when the shooting...

West Side Gallup Thrift victimized, again

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No arrests made

At least one unknown individual broke into and robbed the Gallup Thrift gas station and convenience store April 24, according to a police report.

Gallup police officer Adrian Quetawki recorded that at about 6 am he responded to a burglary at 3320 W. Historic Highway 66, in which cigarettes, knives and cigars were stolen.

The owner of the business said store cabinets containing smoking pipes and vapor juice were broken into, too.

“While on the scene I observed a large rock that was used to break into the business,” Quetawki wrote in the police report. “The business entry point was at the front door and the same as the exit point.”

The police report states...

DWI First Time Offenders

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NAME: Rhiannon Saltwater

AGE: 26

BOOKED: 2/18/15

NOTE: Aggravated DWI


NAME: Jarvis T. Bahe

AGE: 25

BOOKED: 2/12/17

NOTE: DWI/Careless Driving


NAME: Ethan Yazzie

AGE: 33

BOOKED: 2/11/17

NOTE: DWI/open container/marijuana -1ounce


NAME: Adrian Johnson

AGE: 31

BOOKED: 2/11/17



NAME: Veronica Badonie

AGE: 33

BOOKED: 2/11/17

NOTE: Aggravated DWI/consuming-possessing alcohol in vehicle/suspended-revoked license/no insurance/improper use of registration


NAME: Virginia Martinez

AGE: 58

BOOKED: 1/20/17

NOTE: DWI/careless driving/open container/no driver’s license


NAME: Candace Rose Peralto

AGE: 27

BOOKED: 1/26/17



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Steven O. Henry

April 15, 10 pm

3rd DWI

Gallup Police Department Officer Andrew Thayer was alerted to Henry’s alleged reckless driving by another cop while he was on the east side of Gallup. He caught up with Henry, who was driving a red sedan with no taillights.

Thayer pulled him over on the Miyamura overpass, and noticed the classic signs of intoxication – red, water eyes and slurred speech. He also reeked of alcohol. He agreed to take field sobriety tests, but failed those. He blew a .24/.25 during breath tests.

Henry, 42, was also cited for driving on a suspended/revoked license, and no tail lamps.

Vernon Roanhorse

April 15, 1:27 pm

3rd DWI, Aggravated


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