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Don’t talk to strangers

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Teen molested by Vanderwagon man

A young teenage boy is waiting for the school bus at his usual stop when a 66-year-old man pulls up and offers him a ride. No, this is not the beginning of a camp fire horror story, not even the story of elementary school staff teaching “Stranger Danger.” This is actually the beginning...

Mystery at Colonial Motel

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Gallup Police Department is seeking information from the public regarding a possible homicide. On April 25, GPD was called to Gallup Indian Medical Center for a possible rape. Once they arrived, there were more questions than answers on how a 39-year-old woman died.

The cause of death for Dione Thomas of Ft. Wingate, NM is unknown at this time, according to GPD Capt. Rick White.

“We are actively investigating this as a homicide,” White said.

According to the police report, filed by Officer Valerie Wilson, Anthony Ray and Milton Garanez called an ambulance to Colonial Motel on West Coal Avenue to help Thomas who was bleeding from the forehead.

Ray and Garanez were at the hospital...

From Detox to Jail

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Tamara Cleveland, 19, of Churchrock, N.M. was arrested and booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center after stabbing another female at the Gallup Detox Center several times.

According to the statement of probable cause, Gallup Police Officer D. Hoffman was dispatched to the detox facility in reference to a fight in the “women’s housing area.” When Hoffman arrived at the facility, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Arnold Noriega had Cleveland in the back of his unit and medical personnel were checking on Direne Belingachee, who had been stabbed five times.

According to the report, Cleveland told Hoffman that she was sleeping and Belingachee kicked at her head...

WEEKLY CRIME BLOTTER

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Gallup Police Department

April 3

North side neighborhood North 5th and West Wilson area

“You’re not going to shoot me in the back”

That’s what Roman Ortiz allegedly told Nathan Holman after trying to steal his dirt bike from his residence. Holman confronted Ortiz with a gun in his hand, protecting his property. Ortiz then reportedly yelled, “You’re not going to shoot me in the back” and left the area running. After a short search of the area and a chase around the North side neighborhood, Ortiz was located, intoxicated, and arrested for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. Interestingly enough, Ortiz had just...

MCKINLEY COUNTY WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Karen Moore, 35, of Yahtahey was arrested on April 13 and booked at McKinley County Adult Detention Center for Aggravated DWI (her fifth offense), driving on a suspended and revoked driver’s license,  vehicle to be insured, vehicle to be registered and open container in a motor vehicle. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Merlin Benally witnessed the Gold Hyundai Accent driven by Moore at Deadhorse Mustang on State Road 566.

After observing her “awkward” driving manner, as Benally described it, he ran the plate and found it to be expired. At the traffic stop, Benally noticed clues of DWI, such as the smell of intoxicating beverage, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech...

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