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Fiery I-40 semi-truck crash claims life of driver

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On July 13, around 5:51 pm, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on Interstate 40 eastbound near mile marker 32 east of Gallup.

The initial investigation revealed a blue 2015 Kenworth tractor trailer was traveling east on I-40 near mile marker 32. A red 1997 Freightliner tractor trailer and a white 2019...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Gallup, July 15

McKinley County Sheriff Deputy Cecil Sanders was dispatched to 1203 N. Cliff Dr. in regards to a domestic dispute.

Upon arriving, Sanders made contact with a woman who told him her daughter had been hit on the head behind her right ear.

The victim said she had been with her boyfriend, Tyrell Tyson Charley, 25, of Gallup, when they began to argue. The victim said Charley shoved her twice and then tried to choke her after knocking her to the ground. After the victim left the scene, she said Charley hit her in the back of the head with a rock.

After she got back home, her mother called Metro Dispatch and Charley was taken into Gallup Police...


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Brian Edward Morgan

July 12, 10:06 pm

Aggravated DWI (2nd)

McKinley County Sgt. Tammy Houghtaling was requested in the area of U.S. Highway 491 by Tohlakai Speedway in reference to a possible drunk driver. Several calls came in about a gray Ford pickup truck, and off-duty Chief Investigator Merle Bates witnessed the vehicle crash.

When Houghtaling arrived near the 10-mile marker on U.S. Highway 491, she made contact with Bates, who said he had heard the sound of a crash and saw a vehicle parked on the road that then left without its headlights on.

Bates said he followed the vehicle north on U.S. Highway 491, stopped it, and made contact with the driver, Brian Edward Morgan, 34, of...

FBI ID's man found dead in burning car

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The FBI has identified the body that was found in the trunk of a burning car near Church Rock, N.M., on Monday.
The body of Nastacio Keith Travis, 51, of Zuni, N.M., was in the trunk of a light-colored Dodge Avenger SXT discovered on fire off Pipeline Road, in an isolated area north of Church Rock, on the Navajo Nation.

The cause of Travis' death is pending autopsy results. 

Anybody who had contact with Travis recently or who recalls seeing anything suspicious in the area on July 15, between the hours of 6 and 7 am, is asked to call the FBI at (505) 889-1300 or online at tips.fbi.gov.

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating.

Pedestrian fatally struck in McKinley County

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New Mexico State Police were called out around 4:58 am on July 2 to find a person lying in the roadway in the northbound lane of Interstate 40, around mile post 55, near Thoreau.

The body was identified as pedestrian, Ferland Johnson, 23.  He appeared to have died after being hit by an unknown vehicle, possibly during the early morning hours of July 2.

The case remains under investigation by state police with assistance from the Crash Reconstruction Unit.

Anyone with knowledge about this incident is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police at (505) 841-9526.

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