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Gallup Police Department Officer Douglas Hoffman responded to an early evening call  the Knights Inn at 1601 W. Hwy. 66 in reference to a burglary. At the scene, motel staff told Hoffman the male and female suspects had left the premises, traveling eastbound on Aztec Avenue.

At Aztec...

MCSO: 29 pounds of marijuana seized

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Suspects are natives of Dominican Republic

Two Florida men originally from the Dominican Republic were jailed Sept. 2 after they were arrested by deputies with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office.

MCSO Lt. Pat Salazar said Jean Carlos Rodriguez-Williams, 26, of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., and Cleto Dominguez-Reyes, 35, of Tampa, Fla., were taken into custody after 29 pounds of marijuana was found in the vehicle in which the two were traveling. Salazar said the pair was charged with trafficking a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

The arrests were made by MCSO undercover agents who recently underwent special training to handle roadway drug busts. Both...


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Legal limit is .08

Calvin J. Charley

Sept. 1, 9:51 pm

3rd DWI, Aggravated

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tammy S. Houghtaling, was on scene at a motorcycle crash when she was advised of a white Ford Taurus speeding west on Hwy. 264 and unable to maintain its lane.

Another MCSO officer stopped the vehicle at the 3-mile marker of Hwy. 264 in Wildcat just before Houghtaling arrived on scene. Charley, 50, smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes. He slurred his words and stumbled when he exited the car.

Charley failed field sobriety tests and blew .18 twice during breath testing.

Willis George

Sept. 1, 9:21 pm

DWI, Aggravated

George, 35, backed into...

Alamogordo man pleads guilty to methamphetamine trafficking

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Defendant is one of 34 charged

ALBUQUERQUE – Robert Alan Rutledge, 34, of Alamogordo, pleaded guilty Sept. 6 in federal court in Las Cruces, to methamphetamine trafficking crime charges. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Rutledge will be sentenced to 48 months in prison followed, by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Rutledge was one of 34 individuals charged in December 2015 with federal and tribal drug offenses as the result of an 18-month multi-agency investigation led by the DEA and BIA into methamphetamine trafficking on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

Eighteen defendants, including five members of the Mescalero Apache Tribe and 13 non-Natives...

Man killed crossing I-40 ID’d

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A pedestrian trying to cross Interstate 40 near mile-marker 20 died Aug. 27 after he was hit by two tractor-trailers, officials said.

Capt. Marinda Spencer of the Gallup Police Department said Jeremiah Begay, 23, of Wide Ruins, Ariz., was hit at about 7:50 pm by a semi that failed to stop. He was then hit by another truck. The driver of the first semi did not stop, but the second driver stopped and exited his vehicle to see what was going on.

“The first semi-truck has not been located,” Spencer said. “There are indications that [Begay] was intoxicated.”

Westbound traffic along the interstate near exit 20 was diverted for a little more than two hours. Spencer said the victim...

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