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Woman found on westside ID’d

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The body of the deceased white female found about 100 yards west of the TA truck stop along West Historic Highway 66 has been identified, officials said. The body was discovered Jan. 11 at about 7:30 am by a passerby who notified police of the matter.

Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police...

Report: MCSO deputies placed on leave

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Decker: Investigations in place

Three deputies from the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of internal and external investigations.

McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker did not release the names of the deputies involved in a physical altercation at a house party at an address on or near West Hill Avenue in Gallup Jan. 6.

In explaining the matter, Decker said the incident stems from a Jan. 9 citizen complaint to McKinley County Sheriff Ron Silversmith. The citizen revealed that there was some kind of altercation involving at least one local deputy that sent an unknown young male to an Albuquerque hospital.

Decker did not...

Man builds bomb at ‘old batting cage’ biz

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Arrested for aggravated battery

Gallup Police Department officers encountered an unusual situation when they responded to a call at 2025 E. Aztec Ave. Donovan David Mills reportedly broke into the business to stay warm Jan. 9.

But there was something dangerous brewing in the microwave oven on the premises, and it wasn’t coffee.

“Mills began to what officers stated as [making] very strange statements,” the police report compiled by Det. John Yearly states. “Mills was asked what he was going to do with the stuff in the microwave” what was essentially an “improvised explosive device.”

“It appeared that Mills had placed two container[s] with butane in them – one being...

Body of dead female found near TA truck stop

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The body of an unidentified white female was found on the west side of Gallup Jan. 11, near an open field and between the TA truck stop and County Road 1, officials said.

Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said a passerby discovered the body at around 7:30 am and called authorities.

“The person was deceased upon arrival,” she said. “The investigation is ongoing.” Spencer said foul play was suspected in the situation, but declined to elaborate saying the case is still open.

Spencer did not give the age range of the deceased or say what type of condition the body was in. The location where the body was found is close to a...

GPD: Arson cause of Budget Inn fire

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The Gallup fire and police departments responded to what is believed to be a deliberately set motel fire Jan. 10 that was done by an unknown person.

Accordingly, the cause of the fire has been determined as arson. There were no reported injuries in the fire.

Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said officers were dispatched to the Budget Inn, 3150 W. Highway 66, at 5:37 am. Spencer said officers observed smoke coming from west side of the building and from the first floor of the structure.

“There was a male in the room trying to put out the fire,” Officer John Gonzales wrote in the police report on the matter. “Gallup Fire...

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