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McKinley County deputy-involved shooting under investigation

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A disorderly man was shot by a McKinley County sheriff’s deputy in response to a call during a March 1 incident at the Flying J gas station on I-40 near mile post 39.

The deputy was sent out around 11:30 pm and arrived to find a man on the westbound off ramp to I-40. The deputy fired his weapon and struck the man, who...

Two suspects arrested in Gallup armed robbery

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Gallup Police officers were called to Walmart in Gallup March 3 in reference to an armed robbery that occurred at about 7:30 pm. Two adult women, both of Gallup, were walking to their vehicle in the parking lot, when they were stopped by Cody Howard, 33, of Mentmore, and Vanessa Reeves, 28, of Mentmore.

Howard allegedly brandished a pistol and even fired off a shot while demanding the women’s purses. The victims gave their purses to the robbers, who then fled the scene in a vehicle. The victims were not injured. Detectives were called to the scene.

Meanwhile, GPD officers searched for the suspects. At about 9:30 pm, they located the suspect vehicle in the area of Sonic North, 1001...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Gallup, Feb. 26

Gallup Police Officer Michael Eley was dispatched to an apartment on East Hill Avenue on Feb. 26. When he arrived at the scene, he was greeted by Allen Clifford, 45, of Gallup, who had no clothes on at the time.

His girlfriend, who lives with him, told Eley that Clifford had been drinking and had become verbally abusive, pushing her down on the bed and not letting her up. She said she finally managed to get away and police were called.

When he was interviewed, Clifford said he and his girlfriend were having consensual sex. He denied holding her down. According to Eley, Clifford was verbally abusive and showed signs of being intoxicated.

He was...


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Poinsettia Bitsuie

Feb. 1, 5:45 pm


Gallup Police Officer Aaron Baldonado was dispatched to the 2700 block of West Highway 66 in connection with an auto accident.

Two women at the scene advised Officer Iris Martinez that the driver of the vehicle was a woman in a black jacket who left her vehicle and was running in an open field by Industry Road.

Baldonado began to search for her. When he found her, he identified her as Poinsettia Bitsuie, 26 of Window Rock, Ariz.

Bitsuie said she was trying to get home to the Villa Gallup Apartments and would not say where she was before that. Asked if she had had anything to drink, she said, “yes.” She denied driving.

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White Mountain Apache police officer dies in line of duty

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Navajo Nation pays tribute to David Kellywood

WHITERIVER, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez joined family members, law enforcement officers across the country, and hundreds of White Mountain Apache tribal members, to honor and remember fallen White Mountain Apache Police Officer David Kellywood during a funeral service held at the Chief Alchesay Activity Center in Whiteriver, Ariz. Feb. 29. At the age of 26, Kellywood lost his life in the line of duty while responding to a call on Feb. 17.

Nez presented a Navajo Nation flag to Kellywood’s wife, Kamelia Kellywood, and their two sons David Jr. and Gabriel. The funeral service drew wide support from law enforcement...

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