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Zane Yazzie
May 10, 8:18 pm
Aggravated DWI, 3rd

The incident began when a police officer for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe noticed a vehicle traveling on Interstate 40 about 8 pm, driving all over the roadway.

The officer, Clayton Martinez, said he got behind the vehicle, turned on his sirens and lights and...

Smith Lake man sentenced to prison for child abuse

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ALBUQUERQUE – Roland Skeets, 27, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Smith Lake, N.M., was sentenced May 16 in federal court in Santa Fe, N.M., to 21 months in prison for his conviction on child abuse charges. Skeets will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Skeets was arrested in Aug. 2017, on an indictment charging him with child abuse resulting in great bodily injury and child abuse.  According to the indictment, the crimes took place on March 25, 2016, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M.

On Dec. 6, 2017, Skeets pled guilty to an information charging him with assault resulting in substantial bodily...

Gallup man missing, family asks for help

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The Gallup Police Department requested community help in locating Marvin James Johnson, 48, who has been missing since Sept. 5, 2016.

Johnson’s wife, Geraldine Johnson, reported him missing. She hasn’t seen her husband since 2016. She said he is an alcoholic and has often times lived on the street.

Det. Chavo Chischilly is the officer in charge of the investigation.

Gallup Police have checked the detox center, jails, hospitals, and other locations with no success. Johnson’s last reported intake at the Gallup Detox Center was in January 2016.

“We heard reports that he might be in Cortez,” Chischilly said.

Johnson’s mother and in-laws are asking for help in locating him...

Area heroin dealer arrested

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The Gallup Police Department Drug and Narcotics Task Force and Detective Division ended an undercover investigation of an area drug dealer May 8 after executing a search warrant at 407 W. Green Street.

Lt. Billy Padavich said David Grijalva was charged with possession with the intent to traffic heroin and possession with the intent to traffic methamphetamine. He was also charged with drug paraphernalia.

“Basically, what started this was two-month investigation where some controlled buys were done out of his house to where we were able to apply for a search warrant for Mr. Grijalva and the residence,” Padavich said.

Grijalva was arrested for trafficking heroin (first degree...

Gallup cop arrested for battery, false imprisonment

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Kelsey Tom Francisco, now a former Gallup police officer, was arrested after he reportedly got into a fight with his wife and head-butted her May 7.

Francisco, 25, of Gallup now faces charges of false imprisonment, battery on a household member, and interference with communication.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Dep. Lorenzo Guerrero said he was dispatched to Butler Square about 6:15 pm in reference to a domestic dispute involving a Gallup police officer.

When he got there, he found other Gallup police officers waiting for him, as well as Francisco’s wife, Chanaye, who said she and her husband had been paying bills in the afternoon.

They had arrived at a loan company in town about 2...

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