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Accused child rapist out on bond

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Sterling Long was scheduled for extradition from Navajo County Jail in Holbrook, Ariz. to McKinley County Adult Detention Center to face multiple felony sexual assault charges, but before that could take place he was released on a $50,000 cash only bond Sept. 24.

According to the affidavit for arrest warrant, Long molested...

Drunk driver leads MCSO deputy on terrifying chase

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Multiple injuries sustained in crash

Deputy Merlin Benally of the Gallup McKinley County Sheriff’s Office clocked a speeding vehicle at 104 mph in a posted 45 mph zone. According to the report, he was working a DWI Task Force on westbound Historic 66 approaching Toltec.

The vehicle, driven Kelly King, 37, of Gallup, sped past Benally’s patrol car and passed the Shell gas station, at Exit 26. The vehicle then passed the New Mexico State Police Office, at a high rate of speed and Benally turned on the emergency lights in pursuit of the vehicle, the report stated.

At the 27 mile marker, the speeding vehicle passed a truck and drove up behind another dark colored GM truck. According to...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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Aggravated Assault

9/27

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Gabrielle Puhuyesva was called to the Ramirez apartments, for a domestic dispute. The female caller was Tasheena Benally. According to the report, Benally told Metro her boyfriend Gabriel Ramos threatened her with a potato peeler. Benally reported that she and Ramos hadn’t talked in three days. While she was at home with their 9-month-old and 2-year-old, Ramos came back to the house to pick up clothes and started peeling potatoes. According to the report, Ramos told Benally he was “tired of her shit” and put the potato peeler to her throat. Benally left the kitchen and was pushed by Ramos. The youngest child, female...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Florinda Jones

Aggravated DWI

9/18, 8:48 pm

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Roxanne King observed a gray Jeep Patriot that was swerving. The vehicle was traveling about 40 mph in a 55 mph posted speed zone. The driver was stepping repeatedly on the breaks. According to the report, King approached the passenger side door advised the driver, later identified as Florida Jones, of her actions. Jones smelled of alcohol and did not have a driver’s license on hand. King asked Jones to get out of the vehicle and she complied, with difficulty. Jones slid down the side of the vehicle unable to stand and was arrested for aggravated DWI.

Dorian Begay

DWI

9/17, 12:21...

Going undercover pays off in two drug busts

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Gallup Police Department’s Narcotics Unit recently made two arrests – one for selling methamphetamine to an undercover agent – and another as a result of a drug raid.

Terry Commack was arrested Sept. 16 for selling meth to an undercover narcotics agent during the week of June 18. The agent gave an informant $40 for the drugs and witnessed the transaction.

Another drug bust occurred some months back, but resulted in the arrest of Ruben Zepeda. He was served a search warrant by agents, at his apartment located on 103 East Hill, Dec. 4. They found what appeared to be meth and it was sent to the forensic drug lab in Santa Fe, where the substance was confirmed as methamphetamine, a...

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