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12/9, 12/12, GALLUP

12/9: Alejandro Bustillos, a 15-year-old inmate at the JDC allegedly hit correction officer Jasper Willie in the face. According to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Christopher Tsosie’s report, the assault occurred while Willie escorted 13 inmates indoors...


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Staff Reports

Legal Limit is .08

Matthew Smiley

Dec. 13, 1:14 am

Aggravated DWI

Smiley had reportedly hit another vehicle at Goodfella’s and fled the scene, according to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Arnold J. Noriega’s report. But, the calling party wasn’t about to let him get away and proceeded to follow Smiley on to I-40 westbound.

The calling party was trailing the suspect in a white Buick with its hazard lights turned on, making it easy for Noriega to catch up with Smiley who was driving a gold Ford F-150. When he caught up with Smiley, the deputy noted the strong smell of alcohol wafting from the vehicle. Smiley, 31, showed the classic signs of...

MCSO: Forkner on the lam; absconded sex offender

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The Sex Offender Registration and Tracking Unit of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is looking for an apparent absconder. A warrant has been issued on the matter, officials said.

Alex Forkner, 32, of Gamerco, was convicted of criminal sexual penetration in 2005, and as of late has not checked in with the McKinley County Sex Offender’s Division as required by sex offenders.

Judith Grijalva, the sex offender compliance officer with the MCSO, said Forkner must notify the sheriff’s office anytime there is a change of address. Not doing so is considered a violation of the law and is considered a fourth degree felony and punishable by jail time, she said.

“(Alex Forkner) failed...

Ft. Defiance man assaults police officer, jailed,

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A FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz., man was jailed on assault and DWI charges and later bonded out after serving a couple days behind bars and paying a bond, jail records show.

James Miles III was taken into custody Nov. 16 by officers from the Gallup Police Department when he became unruly with Gallup police detective John Yearly.

According to a police report, Miles attempted to flee the scene after he hit someone with his vehicle. Miles, 26, was being restrained near Third Street and Maloney Avenue by Yearly and three other men when Gallup officer Jeremy Shirley arrived on the scene.

Shirley was able to put Miles in handcuffs, and was told by Yearly that he (Miles) hit another vehicle and...


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Randy Jones

Nov. 4, 10:25 pm

2nd DWI, Aggravated

Jones’s alleged erratic driving alerted McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Eric Jim. He pulled Jones over at Hwy 66 and Dean Street. Jones, 36, showed the classic signs of intoxication – red, watery eyes, the strong odor of booze coming from his person, and slurred speech.

He failed the field sobriety tests and blew a .33 and .32 during the breath tests.

Bennie C. Yazzie

Nov. 3, 5:46 pm

Aggravated DWI

Driving the wrong way on Second Street alerted Gallup Police Department Officer Chaz Troncoso to Yazzie.

After Troncoso pulled Yazzie over, he observed a plastic bottle of Vodka half filled with a...

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