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Suspect face-butts deputy

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What was initially reported as a domestic violence situation in east Gallup turned into an aggravated battery on a peace officer charge for a Gallup man, according to a Sept. 8 police report.

Merlin Benally of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office said Christopher Sam, 25, face-butted him at least once while officers...


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Legal limit is .08

Donnie Barney

Sept. 11, 8:58 pm

4th DWI, Aggravated

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Lorenzo A. Guerrero was advised of a vehicle with a possibly drunk driver at T&R Market at 667 N. Hwy. 491 in Yatahay. Guerrero was informed the vehicle was in the parking lot and security was on hand.

On arrival, Guerrero met with a security guard who said the vehicle had been parked at a pump when he first made contact with the driver, who was slumped inside. There was an open container of beer in the car. The driver drove to the parking lot.

Guerrero found the pickup truck there, with a male and a female inside. The female was in the driver’s seat...

Carjacking suspects jailed on $50K bond

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Suspects beat, robbed victim in Walmart parking lot

According to records at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, two suspects who carjacked a female in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter at 1656 W. Maloney Ave. on Sept. 7 remained in jail Sept. 15, each on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Patterson Cleveland, 23, and Philbert Smith, 27, were arrested on aggravated battery and robbery charges.

According to a police report, Gallup Police Department Officer Jeremy Shirley, responded to a call at about 6:50 pm on Sept. 7 in regards to a female who was assaulted and dragged from a maroon 2007 Ford F-150 pickup truck by two males.

The suspects stole the truck and headed east on...

Motorcycle ride takes tragic turn: Two Gallup men dead

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SAN JUAN COUNTY – New Mexico State Police investigated a double motorcycle crash that resulted in the fatalities of both drivers Sept. 3. The crash occurred at around 4 pm at the intersection of Navajo Route 5 and N.M. State Road 371 (85-mile marker) in San Juan County.

According to a news release issued by NMSP Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo, the initial investigation indicated both motorcycles were riding in tandem on Navajo Route 5. Both failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of State Road 371 causing both to crash off the opposite side of the roadway.

Both drivers are believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, Armijo stated in the...

Off Road vehicle crash claims life of Louisiana man

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CIBOLA COUNTY – On Sept. 3 at 6:30 am, New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash involving an off-road vehicle.

According to a news release issued by NMSP Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo, the crash occurred near Bonita Canyon Road and N.M. State Road 53 mile-marker 70, south of Grants.

The initial investigation indicated Johnny E. Hall, 53, of Jonesboro, Louisiana, was driving an off-road vehicle on Bonita Canyon Road when the vehicle lost control and rolled. Mr. Hall was ejected from the vehicle and the vehicle rolled over him. Hall sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene.

This crash remains under investigation.

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