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Gallup, March 11

The district courthouse was cleared for a couple of hours on March 11 after an employee received a bomb threat.

The employee said the person was going to blow everyone up and then hung up. Police secured the building and using canines searched the building, but found no...


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Lathanine Tsosie

March 12, 11:23 am


McKinley County Deputy Clayton Etsitty said he was called upon to assist in a pursuit of a vehicle that failed to yield at a traffic stop.

The vehicle was finally stopped on the Old Zuni Road where Etsitty confronted the driver, who was standing near his vehicle trying to maintain his balance. Etsitty said Tsosie, 45, of Ganado, said he was headed home.

Because he was not able to maintain his balance, Etsitty used eye and verbal tests to determine his sobriety. But when he began, he said Tsosie began walking away, saying he wanted to go home.

Etsitty told him he was being detained and when he began giving the test, Tsosie got upset...

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DEA warns of increase of scam calls

EL PASO, TX - The Drug Enforcement Administration warns the public to be careful of telephone calls from criminals posing as DEA agents or other law enforcement personnel threatening arrest and prosecution for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities.

The DEA says it continues to receive reports from the general public and practitioners indicating that they have received calls threatening legal action if an exorbitant fine is not paid immediately over the phone. The callers typically identify themselves as DEA personnel and instruct their victims to pay the “fine” via wire transfer to avoid arrest...

Sheriff seeks local rape suspect with New Jersey ties

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The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who reportedly raped a 15-year-old girl here several months ago.

The girl reported the sexual assault last December, and she said it occurred either in the late summer or fall.

She said she was walking in downtown Gallup one night when she accepted a ride home from

a man in a black car. Instead of taking her home, he took her to a local motel and raped her. She was unsure which motel it was and the date, so detectives could not ask for motel records.

The only description detectives have is that he is an African-American in his fifties. He said his name was Mike and that he lived in Gallup, but originally was from New...

Gallup man busted for allegedly stealing ‘Bobcat’ style loaders

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Gallup Police Officers located and recovered a stolen flatbed trailer along with two stolen ‘Bobcat’ style loaders at a west side residence this past week.

The loaders, reportedly stolen from the Albuquerque area, are valued at more than $60,000.

On March 11, officers arrested Cecil Cochrane, 48, of Gallup. He is charged with possession of stolen property.

GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer credits the department’s swift recovery to the owner of the equipment, for inserting a GPS tracking device on the trailer.

The equipment was returned to the owner.

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