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North Side man busted for possession, parole violation

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A Gallup man remained incarcerated Nov. 16 on possession of marijuana and violation of probation charges after a drug arrest by the Gallup Police Department. A $7,000 bond amount was set at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on Carlos Valdenegro.

In a police report on the matter, Gallup police officer Luke Martin...

Woman jailed on battery, abuse charges after argument in moving vehicle

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An argument inside of a moving vehicle nearly turned deadly before Deputy Lasheena Johnson of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office stepped in to quell things.

According to a police report, Johnson stopped driver Ricky Gatewood, Jr., 36, and Coral Cleveland, 25, along U.S. Highway 491 near Francisco Pond Road. The tan van the two were in was reportedly “swerving” and the occupants were said to have been fighting.

“The van was in the slow lane and did swerve outside of the lane twice,” Johnson recorded.

The couple began the journey in Window Rock, Ariz., and were arguing for most of the drive into Gallup, the police report states. The two were heading to Albuquerque for...

Pedestrian killed on Gallup’s west Route 66

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A Gallup man attempting to cross Historic Highway 66 not long after the evening rush hour was hit and killed by a motorist Nov. 14, officials said.

Lt. Rosanne Morrissette of the Gallup Police Department said Jefford Baker, 54, of Lupton, Ariz., was trying to cross the highway near Exit 16, not far from the Hampton Inn, at around 6:30 pm when he was hit by a car. Baker was reportedly in the company of another unidentified man.

“The driver of the car did not see the two individuals trying to cross the road,” Morrissette said. “That’s how the incident happened.”

Morrisette said Baker was pronounced dead when Gallup police arrived on the scene. She said the two people were...

Zuni man resists cops, gets DWI and other charges

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A Zuni man remains incarcerated at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center as of Nov. 16 after being arrested for a number of charges including: assault upon a peace officer; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol; possessing an open container of alcohol; failing to stop at an intersection and failing to provide insurance charges, according to a police report. His bond is set at $3,000.

Gallup police officer Dominic Molina initially pulled over Christopher Hannaweeke, 21, on Nov. 3 for speeding on West Aztec Avenue. The stop led to a bizarre set of circumstances whereby Hannaweeke attempted to head-butt Molina and attempted to...

Joseph Apodaca found guilty in sexual assault case

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ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Nov. 16 that a 2nd Judicial District Court jury found Joseph Apodaca guilty of two counts of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree and one count of tampering with evidence following a two week trial.

“The Office of the Attorney General is focused on combating sexual violence in New Mexico and this verdict would not have been possible without the courage and perseverance of the survivor and her family,” said Attorney General Balderas.

Assistant Attorneys General Greer Rose and Nicholas Gilbert prosecuted the matter on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.

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