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Officials ID body found near recreational area

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Investigation continuing, official says

The body of a man found dead north of Hassler Valley Road and not far from ATV Motorcross road has been identified as Sergio Perez-Prieto, 41.

“We have an ID on the body,” Anthony Ashley, an investigator with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, said. “The investigation is...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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7/11, GALLUP

GPD Officer Anthony Seciwa responded to the American Heritage Plaza in reference to a drunk man yelling obscenities at customers. The man was reported to be in the area of Safeway at 980 U.S. 491.

Seciwa found Wilbert Hardy, 56, in front of Wise Pies Pizza at 820 U.S. 491.

“I didn’t do s--t!” Hardy said, and yelled other obscenities at Seciwa, but “was otherwise compliant,” according to the report. However, when Seciwa opened the door of his vehicle, Hardy attempted to punch the officer’s face. Seciwa pinned Hardy against his unit, but was struck, several times in the head. Hardy also grabbed Seciwa’s throat and...


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The legal limit is .08.

Herman Jim

June 30, 1:24 am

5th DWI, felony

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office DWI Task Force Supervisor Tammy Houghtaling arrived at the five-mile marker on Hwy 265 in Blackhat in response to a request for backup by Deputy Josie Bowman. Bowman had arrived on scene to find a red Chevy Silverado in the ditch with its lights on and still in drive.

Jim, 42, was asleep in the driver’s seat. Houghtaling woke him and could smell alcohol on his breath. Jim’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. When he exited the truck he was unsteady, and he refused field sobriety tests. Jim blew .24 and .25 during breath testing.

Enrique Gonzales

June 28, 7:11...

Gallup man jailed on sex charge released

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Report: Edward Wright sexually abused his wife

A Gallup man jailed June 30 on sex and battery allegations bonded out of the McKinley County Adult Detention Center not long after being arrested, according to information from the MCADC.

Edward Wright, Jr., 40, was charged with criminal sexual penetration in the second degree and battery on a household member, an affidavit for arrest warrant states.

Deputy Jasmine Jaramillo of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is listed in the affidavit as the police official at the scene of the alleged assaults. The document states that the victim hesitated to come forward to authorities due to the nature of the crimes.

“[The victim] said...


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The legal limit is .08.


Talia Nelson

June 25, 2:03 am


MCSO Deputy Merle Bates was working the DWI task force patrol at the intersection of Hamilton Road and U.S. 491 when he noticed a car traveling north at a fast pace. Bates caught up with the blue Pontiac at South China Springs Loop and U.S. 491. The vehicle was traveling at 80 mph.

Nelson, 25, had watery eyes, and the vehicle, which had three passengers and bore Arizona plates, smelled of alcohol. Nelson blew a .14 during the portable breath test and .11, twice, during breath testing at MCSO.


Jason Jack

June 23, 11:40 am

3rd DWI

MCSO DWI Task Force Supervisor Tammy Houghtaling noticed a gold Ford...

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