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Fire damages Highway 66 motel

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Gallup Police Department is investigating a structure fire that occurred about 3 am Oct. 1. The fire broke out at the Gardenia Motel, 1305 W. Hwy. 66.

Captain Erin Toadlena-Pablo said the fire resulted in extensive structure damage to the southeast corner of the motel, which caused the business to close. She said...

Miyamura head football coach arrested for burglary

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Coach Roanhaus in the dog haus

Miyamura High School's head coach John Roanhaus was allegedly filmed stealing money out of a football player's wallet in the school's locker room, according to a press release issued by New Mexico State Police Oct. 7.

State Police said the burglary was reported to them on Oct. 2, but didn't indicate who initially filed the report. From there, on Oct. 4, an arrest warrant was issued for Roanhaus, 42, who is listed as residing in Clovis, N.M. He was arrested without incident, and booked into the McKinley County Detention Center on one count of burglary, a fourth degree felony, and larceny, a petty misdemeanor.

Gallup McKinley County Schools Superintendent...

Fatal hit and run

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Car and driver found

A Gallup police officer was called to 201 J. M. Montoya Blvd. at 8:48   pm Sept. 17, where two bystanders told an officer that they were driving when they saw something on the road that appeared to be either a body or a trash bag.

When they stopped to check, they found that what they were looking at was a body.

They told the officer that they did not witness what took place, and they just saw the body lying there.

Medical personnel were called in and pronounced the person, who was later identified as Brian Silversmith, 62, a Native American man, deceased.

While officers were on scene, they received a call from Metro Dispatch about a person who witnessed the...


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Anson Shirley

Sept. 22, 7:56 pm

DWI (fourth offense)

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Roane Alan was on routine patrol when he received a call from off-duty Deputy Johnson Lee, who advised he was following a black passenger car that was driving recklessly and not maintaining its lane.

Alan caught up to the vehicle near Clark Street and Viro Park and proceeded to make a traffic stop. The driver, identified as Anson Shirley, 28, of Ganado, exited the vehicle and Alan said he smelled of alcohol. Shirley also had bloodshot watery eyes and slurred speech when he told Alan he had a bottle of imported vodka earlier.

Shirley consented to the standard field sobriety test, but...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Gallup, Sept. 19

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Roane Alan was on patrol when he received a call from dispatch regarding a female subject being physically assaulted by her son.

Alan was dispatched to a residence on the 1000 block of U.S. Highway 491, and made contact with the victim, identified as Jean Blackgoat, who described the incident involving her son Wallace Black, 36, of Yatahey.

Blackgoat said she had been physically abused by Black early on Sept. 19, including being choked and kicked in the stomach several times. She said Black had continued to harass and assault her later in the morning, including knocking her into the basement and threatening...

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