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2/21, GALLUP

Oscar Moreno, 30, was detained by Fire Rock Security after attempting to pass a fake bill. The $100 note recovered by security officer James Tsosie was given to McKinely County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Arnold Noriega.

Moreno was booked into the McKinley County...

Female found dead near East Aztec Ave ID’d

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The body of a Native American woman found dead Feb. 9 has been identified.

Spokeswoman Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said Jevita Johnson, 33, of Gallup may be the victim of foul play, but it’s too early to call it a homicide.

“The Office of the Medical Investigator has not determined the cause of death,” she said.

Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said a passerby discovered the deceased woman at about 10:50 am. The location of the body was found east of the arroyo near Gallup’s Social Security Building along East Aztec Avenue.

The open-area dead body discovery comes about one week after the body of Darrell Barney, 59, was found on...


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The legal limit is .08

Jacinda S. Saunders

Jan. 22, 2:21 am


One of the first things that Gallup Police Department Officer Andrew Thayer noticed when he approached Saunders vehicle was the open container of Corona sitting in the center console of her Pontiac G6.

He had pulled her over on east Hwy 66 for swerving into the bike lane and swerving into driving lanes without using her turn signal. She showcased the classic signs of intoxication – bloodshot, water eyes and the strong smell of booze wafting from the vehicle.

Saunders, 26, failed field sobriety tests and blew a .15, twice, during the breath tests.

James A. Day

Jan. 22, 6:46 pm

Aggravated DWI

Day caught...

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2/12, Yatahey

Three parents were arrested at T&R Market Gas Station on Highway 491 at 10:20 pm. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Monty Yazzie was dispatched; responding to a call from the security officer who witnessed a van pull into the gas station and park. Charges include DWI and child abuse, first offense, for placing several children in a dangerous situation.

Yazzie approached the vehicle to find three sleeping adults with five minors. Yazzie woke the female driver, Stephanie Cleveland, 34, and placed her under arrest for DWI and child abuse. Stephanie Cleveland had her son in the vehicle. Two male passengers, Justin Slinkey, 41...

Notice to all citizens in McKinley County

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The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office hours of operation will be changing effective March 5. The office will be open Monday through Thursday. New office hours effective also March 5 will be 7 am to 6 pm.

The McKinley County Sheriff’s office will be closed on Fridays. This does not include patrol. They will continue to work 24/7. Taking calls through metro dispatch at (505) 722-2231. For emergencies call 911.

The McKinley County Sheriff’s office will also be changing the hours that we provide fingerprinting effective March 6. Hours will now be Mon. - Thurs. 8 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 5 pm.


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