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Grand theft auto, wild west edition

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A victim of vehicle theft hesitated to call the police immediately when she reportedly witnessed her vehicle being stolen and driving off into the distance around noon March 5. She finally called for help from the Gallup Police Department about 30 minutes later, when a friend informed her that she had seen the vehicle –...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Shane Bennett responded to a late night call from a concerned relative about a case of domestic abuse underway involving several household members, including two children. He arrived at the scene on 40 Rose Street to find John W. Gibson, 21, combative and intoxicated with blood on his face.

Gibson had started drinking before 1 pm, and according to one household member he had been drinking all day. The face of the household member who had witnessed his early drinking was discolored from serious bruising that allegedly been inflicted by Gibson earlier that night.

Gibson was outside in front of the house when...

Dead body found in Allison Road area

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Gallup Police Department was dispatched to Allison Road near Maloney Avenue Feb. 24, in response to a deceased male that was found under the Interstate 40 overpass,.

GPD Public Information Officer Capt. Marinda Spencer said they received the call shortly before 10 am, and the man found had no identification on his body. He’s believed to be Native American, between 40-50 years of age. She said he’s about 6 feet tall and weighs between 200-230 pounds.

Foul play isn’t suspected at this time, but Spencer said the Office of the Medical Investigator is working the case.

In an update Thursday, Spencer said the department has ID’d the body, but hasn’t been able to make contact with...


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The legal limit is .08

Pernall Begay

Feb. 21, 11:44 pm

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Department Officer Justin Benally was called to a scene at  the Mootel Motel, 1305 Hwy 66, in response to a report of an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The victim, 23, was lying on the ground as the officer arrived on the scene.

The man had been arguing with Begay was a family member, who had arrived at his motel room intoxicated. The victim told him to come back when he was sober. According to the report, Begay, 31, did not cooperate with the request and began throwing objects at the victim.

The situation escalated even further as Begay entered his minivan, revved his...

Kentucky fugitives caught in Gallup

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GPD converges on Super 8 hotel

Two Kentucky fugitives with outstanding warrants remained jailed Feb. 22 at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center without bond, officials said.

Derrick Thomas, 23, of Mt. Sterling, Ky., and Elizabeth Neal, 22, of Owen, Ky., were taken into custody on first degree assault and Neal was jailed on a bond violation warrant, according to police documents.

Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said a “tip” was received at GPD from Kentucky authorities about Thomas and Neal possibly staying at the Super 8 hotel at 1715 W. Historic Highway 66 in Gallup.

Thomas allegedly shot two people on Feb. 17 in Owen...

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