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Shiprock, May 4

The FBI reported that Derrick Begay, 32, of Shiprock, had been charged with assaulting a federal official.

According to the report, Begay struck a BIA official in the face with his hand on Jan. 22. The incident occurred at Shiprock High School. After assaulting the federal official, Begay...

Man arrested for hitting children, officer

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Multiple charges have been filed in Magistrate Court against a Gallup man for reportedly hitting his children and kicking a police officer.

Gallup Police Officer Aaron Baldonado said he was dispatched about 10 pm on April 28 to an apartment on Elm Circle in reference to a domestic dispute.

When he got there, he met with Jazlyn Yazzie who said her boyfriend, Sheldon Whitegoat, no age given, had been drinking and was hitting their children. Baldonado said Whitegoat was in a back room covered in a blanket. He added he tried to wake Whitegoat, but he did not respond.

Yazzie said the problems began when her two-year-old daughter stepped on Whitegoat’s tablet and he hit her in her legs and...

Man found dead near flea market ID’d

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McKinley County Sheriff’s deputies have confirmed the identity of a dead body found near the Gallup Flea Market on April 23.

The man was identified as Medford James DeGroat, 31 of Ganado.

The body was found in an old jailhouse in one of the abandoned mining towns about a mile to a mile and a half northeast of the flea market. The report said the body had been there for a long time. No foul play is suspected.

The discovery was made by a couple who decided to take a hike in the woods because their car was in the shop being repaired.

An autopsy is pending.

There is also a report of another dead body under investigation by the sheriff’s office. No details have been released...


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Jacob Dearmond
March 8, 12:20 am

Jacob Dearmond, 19, of Gallup, was first observed by Gallup Police Sgt. Mark Spencer when he pulled out in front of him. When Dearmond stopped the vehicle, Spencer said he could smell alcohol.

Spencer called for another police officer to take the report and when Officer Warren Bowannie showed up, he also saw indications Dearmond might be intoxicated.

Dearmond told him he had been the designated driver and had driven friends home from Sammy C’s. He said he had no drinks while there, but had recently smoked a blunt of marijuana.

He agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests and had problems following directions, so Bowannie asked...

Another dead body found

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Fifth open field death in April

A man’s body was found behind Earl’s Restaurant on East Highway 66 by someone walking in the area. Gallup Police received a call at 12:16 pm April 27 and headed to the location, where the witness pointed out the body. EMS personnel were dispatched. Information about age and identity has not been released. The body was sent for autopsy.

Details on the other open field deaths this month are gradually becoming available.

The first open field death was on April 4 at 1301 E. Hwy. 66, outside Penny Pincher’s. The man was autopsied.  He was identified 57 year old John Grandal, homeless, and his death was believed to be related to a cardiac issue.


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