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James Vinson remained incarcerated at the Gallup-McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a probation-related violation, officials said. Vinson was on probation for larceny and burglary charges. He’s being held on a $3,000 bond.

Vinson was taken into custody April 18 for not...


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The legal limit is .08.

Marty Chavez

April 12, 4:10 pm

13th DWI, Aggravated

It’s the unlucky 13th DWI for Chavez, a serial drunk driver. Metro Dispatch “gave out an attempt to locate” a silver mini-van in the area of Giant gas station, 1223 E. Highway 66. Chavez’s van was spotted next at Navajo Shopping Center. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Monty Yazzie found Chavez at the Shop N’ Save, 200 Marguerite.

Yazzie made contact with one of the witnesses that called into complain about the occupants in Chavez’s van. They had asked her for money while she was gassing up at another location. Meanwhile, Chavez exited the shopping center and proceeded west on...

Man shot by police officer faces multiple charges

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During a routine stop for a minor traffic violation, New Mexico State Police Officer Calvin Brown was drawn into a battle for his life April 7.

The high stakes incident began around 7 am, shortly after he pulled over a 2016 Hyundai Sonata 4-door sedan that was traveling eastbound on Interstate 40, near mile post 19.

During the traffic stop, Brown began to question the driver, who was identified as Stephen Thompson, 33, from Oklahoma City, O.K., about his travels. Brown also questioned the female passenger about their travels. According to the report, he discovered inconsistencies between the driver’s statements and the passenger statements. Due to the inconsistencies in their...

Federal grand jury indicts cop killer Kirby Cleveland

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ALBUQUERQUE – A federal grand jury sitting in, has filed an indictment charging Kirby Cleveland, 32, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Prewitt, N.M., with charges arising out of the murder of Houston James Largo, a tribal police officer of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.

Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Director Jesse Delmar of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety announced the filing of the indictment April 13.

Cleveland is scheduled to be arraigned on the eight-count indictment at 9:30 am on April 20, in the federal courthouse in Albuquerque. The indictment charges...

Serial check cashing fraudsters at large

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Vinson, Malone pain local businesses

A Gallup man that was facing nine years in the slammer for larceny and burglary, but was given probation instead, is on the lamb.

According to a recent McKinley County Sheriff’s Office report, and Gallup Police Department arrest warrant, James Vinson didn’t stay out of trouble for long after being released from jail on his own recognizance Feb. 24.

He was placed on probation, but hasn’t checked in with his probation officer, and is considered an absconder.

On April 1, MCSO Deputy Roxanne King was dispatched Advanced Technical Services, 2108 Mountain View, to take a report on a fraud attempt. An ATI official said Vinson, 45, tried to cash...

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