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GPD: Man stabbed, murdered along South Second Street

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A woman was arrested Sept. 21 after she reportedly confessed to police that she stabbed 22-year-old Kendrick Chee Smith, which resulted in his death.

Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said Brandie Allen, 24, was booked for one open count of murder, tampering with evidence...

MCSO: Train fatality near Fire Rock claims one

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Alcohol believed to be a factor

One person was killed Sept. 17 after she was hit by a train near Fire Rock Navajo Casino at 249 Hwy. 66 in Church Rock, according to a police report.

At about 8:10 pm, Deputy Gabrielle Puhuyesva of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area behind the casino in reference to two pedestrians hit by a westbound train.

“While walking from the front to the back of the train, I passed the conductor of the Amtrak train,” Puhuyesva recorded in the report. “The conductor advised that there were two victims.”

Puhuyesva wrote that a female victim, Chelsea Chavez, 24, of Borrego Pass, was pronounced dead at the scene.


Hit-and-run suspect flees, caught

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A Gallup man was jailed Sept. 3 on a $10,000 bond after a hit and run following an accident along the Miyamura Overpass, officials said.

Gallup Police Department Officer Ryan Blackgoat wrote in a report that Gregory Lee, 40, left the scene of an accident and  became belligerent once he was caught in Indian Hills.

Lee was charged with assault upon a peace officer; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; driving on a suspended license; and driving under the influence of alcohol.

“The subject refused to stop, only at signs but not to my announcements and sirens,” Blackgoat recorded. “As I was making my announcements the driver would put his hand, with his middle finger in...

Knife-wielding suspect stabs father, jailed

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A Gallup man remained jailed Sept. 15 on a $5,000 bond after his Sept. 6 arrest by deputies with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office on an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge.

Deputy Arnold Noriega wrote in a police report that the father of Earl Gabriel Murphy, 29, known as “Poncho,” was stabbed in the under-arm area after an alleged fight with his son.

The fight started when Murphy, referred to as “Gabe” in the report, asked his father for an undisclosed amount of money.

“Poncho Sr. asked Gabe why he didn’t ask for money a long time ago when he was up and not relaxing,” Noriega wrote. “Gabe got upset with this, yelled at his father and told him not to...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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At 11:47 am, Gallup Police Department Officer Nicola Martinez and a fellow officer were dispatched to the Allsup’s at 1801 S. Second St., where a victim said Anthony Palacios, 40, tried to run him over and brandished a firearm.

At Allsup’s, Martinez reportedly met with the victim, who said he went there to buy some drinks, when he noticed a maroon SUV. He knew the driver, Palacios, he said, from past conflicts. Palacios held a firearm and shouted at the victim, who worried Palacios would shoot toward his wife and kids. He walked toward Palacios, who was still in the vehicle.

“[The victim] stated he told Palacios to get out and fight him,”...

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