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Native American woman killed in hit-and-run

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Church Rock man arrested in pedestrian death

An arrest has been made in the hit-and-run death of Yvonne Jacobs, 50, of Gallup who was struck and killed on Junker Bridge, on the 700 block of East Aztec Avenue, shortly before midnight April 11.

Gallup Police officers arrested Robert Dixon, 32, of Church Rock at Sports Page...

Suspect in parking lot vehicle burglary caught

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Last week, the Sun reported on a vehicle burglary that occured in the Cracker Barrel parking lot on April 5.

Surveillance footage showed a man possibly in his 30s breaking the window of a 2014 red Ford Escape, taking something from inside, and then getting into another vehicle that drove off.

A number of items were taken, including several antique firearms and a purse belonging to Artie Ortega, of Rio Rancho, that contained the ashes of her son, Anthony J. Romero. Ortega and her boss were in Gallup for the gun show when they had stopped at Cracker Barrel and their car, which belonged to her boss, was broken into.

Then on April 10, Justin Villa, 36, of Gallup, was arrested by Gallup...

Sheriff: Prankster(s) make two false officer down calls

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Sheriff deputies were put on high alert April 6, after receiving two officer down calls.

According to the report, the first call came into Albuquerque and Window Rock, Ariz. dispatch centers shortly after 9 am from a caller by the name of “Dwayne.” The caller said there was a Navajo Police Department officer shot below his vest, and bleeding out, near the Family Dollar store on State Highway 264.

When McKinley County Sheriff Sgt. Monty Yazzie arrived at the scene, he didn’t locate an injured officer. He drover further north, to Yatahey, and things there appeared normal, too.

Meanwhile, a second call came in at 5:55 pm, which McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Lorenzo Guerrero...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Gallup, April 8

Gallup Police are investigating the robbery of a local business in which several thousand dollars worth of items were taken.

Angel Hernandez reported the items being stolen from Big Bear Beads, 988 North Ninth St., sometime during the night of April 8. Entry was made in the rear of the building. He said when he entered the building, he could also see that a rear wall had been damaged.

An investigation determined that the suspect or suspects had gotten into a room used by the owner for his vehicles, several of which had been vandalized and things had been stolen, including computers, camping gear, tools and generators. No suspects have been...


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Lyle J. Black

April 7, 4:20 am

Aggravated DWI

McKinley County Deputy Clayton Etsitty was on routine patrol near Speedy’s Gas Station in Black Hat on April 7 when he was approached by a motorist who said they had spotted an older model Dodge Ram truck traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of State 264.

Etisitty called into Metro Dispatch and then met with MCSO Sgt. Tammy Houghtaling, and the two made contact with the vehicle near 1084 Highway 264. The vehicle pulled into Speedy’s and stopped at the fuel pump and Black, 25, of Window Rock, exited the vehicle.

According to Etsitty, Black had bloodshot, watery eyes and responded “No” when asked if he had been...

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