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WANTED: Area woman wanted on vehicle theft, larceny charges

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The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Khadjha Keams, 22, after a bench warrant was issued for her arrest.

Keams had been arrested on Aug. 28, 2017 on charges of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and two counts of larceny. A resident of Window Rock, Ariz., Keams may be on the Navajo Reservation.

If she...

Child sex abuser sentenced to 12.5 years in prison

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ALBUQUERQUE – William Detwiler, 68, who resides in Vanderwagen, N.M. was sentenced Feb. 7 in federal court here, to 150 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on child sexual abuse and kidnapping charges.

Detwiler, an Anglo man, will be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence.

Detwiler, who has a prior conviction for criminal sexual contact with a minor, was arrested on May 31, 2016, on a four-count indictment, charging him with two counts of aggravated child sexual assault and two counts of kidnapping.

According to the indictment, Detwiler kidnapped an Indian child under the age of 16 years and sexually...

CAUGHT: Man wanted for rape found at local hotel

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After scouring the area for alleged rapist Julian Martinez, who had a warrant for his arrest signed by a judge Feb. 6, Gallup police received a tip that he was staying at the Red Roof Inn Hotel.

Police quickly closed in and arrested Martinez Feb. 8 for an alleged rape that occurred at a different hotel, about a mile west of Red Roof Inn.

Martinez, 32, has been charged with three counts of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree using force or coercion and causing great bodily harm or mental anguish and one count of false imprisonment.

Gallup Police Capt. Marinda Spencer said Thursday morning that police officers searched throughout Gallup Wednesday night but were unable to...

Giant east robber bested by K9 cop

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Jayco takes aim at suspect’s derrière

Jeffrey Denton thought he could get away with intimidating a Giant east clerk by shooting into the ceiling and making off with cash from the till, rolled coins, and some expensive bottles of liquor around 1 am Jan. 19.

Gallup Police Department Officer Chavo Chiscilly responded to the call. The clerk said the two men donned in black headed east as they exited the store.

Meanwhile, GPD Officer Adrian Quetawki reviewed the store’s video surveillance tapes and identified the suspect’s getaway car – a silver Chevy Impala with chrome rims. It wasn’t long before GPD Officer Justin Benally located the vehicle and noted that it was picking up...

Ryan Westman faces murder charges

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Ryan Westman remains in the custody San Juan County Adult Detention Center, and while he faces a slew of charges in Farmington for his dramatic flee from police, he’s also facing a capital murder charge here in McKinley County for the death of Mitchell “Mark” Chavez.

After a few days on the lam, Westman was located in Gamerco and was pursued by local law enforcement to the San Juan County line.

San Juan law enforcement caught up with him Jan. 25 at a Valero gas station, 4913 E. Main St. in Farmington. The scene quickly took a violent turn when a U.S. Marshal’s Service agent and San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Langley approached Westman.

Westman, 25, struck the agent...

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