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Woman arrested with ‘glass’

Sept. 8

Sharon Tolino was charged along with three others, for breaking and entering, at the old Alpine Lumber Mill. The suspect, Tolino, was also charged with possession of a controlled and prohibited substance. Gallup Police Department Officer Chris Molina discovered...

Detwiler molests second child while out on bond

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William Detwiler of Vanderwagen has struck again. This time while out on bond and awaiting trial for criminal sexual contact with a child and false imprisonment.

This time he was nabbed for alleged enticement of a child, aggravated stalking of a victim under 16 years of age, false imprisonment, battery, and assault Aug. 10.

The previous alleged assault occurred April 21.

In April, Detwiler assaulted a local teen who hopped in his car for a ride. He talked the teen into removing his pants and reportedly fondled the young man. Detwiler posted bond and was released April 22, the following day of his arrest.

There’s reportedly good evidence in this case as the teen took out his camera...


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Christella Yazzie, 44, Ganado, Ariz.

Sept. 5, 10:39 pm

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Department Officer Angelo Cellicion responded to the scene of an accident on Interstate 40 at Mile Marker 23 where he discovered Yazzie sitting in her vehicle. He noted in his report that the driver’s side door had sustained heavy damage. Yazzie told the officer that a semi-truck hit her and left the scene. Cellicion noticed immediately the slurred speech and red eyes. Yazzie said she had drank Old English “alcoholic beverage” that evening. She failed the field sobriety tests and the two breath tests revealed a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.23 and 0.22.

Ryan Thompson, 28, Gallup, NM

Sept. 1...

Local day laborer charged with beating, rape

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Rick George, a former day laborer for Bonaguidi Construction, was arrested for allegedly raping a local woman and for also aggravated battery with the intent to commit a felony.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Arnold Noriega was called to TravelCenters of America Motel on Aug. 29 and arrived to a frantic and violent scene. For starters,  he was greeted by Lucita James, who had been drinking, and told him, “you guys are too late.”

Noriega went up to Room 115, where he found George lying face down on the floor with a white shirt and no clothing on from the waist down. His face was bloody and  he was being detained by motel guest Milton Wood and motel manager Leonard Tso...


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Paul Thompson, 56, Prewitt, NM

Aug. 29, 9:30 pm

Felony DWI, 4th Offense

This intoxicated driver thought he could slide past the DWI checkpoint, but Gallup Police Department Officer Steven Peshlakai wasn’t about to let that happen. When he pulled Thompson over at Aztec Laundry Mat, he tried to hide behind the light pole, which obviously didn’t help him any. He smelled of alcohol and failed the field sobriety tests. He submitted two blood alcohol breath tests, which revealed a 0.18/0.17. A fourth DWI resulted in the felony charge.

Francina A. Smith, 39, Gallup, NM

Aug. 23, 9 pm

DWI, 3rd Offense

Smith racked up a slew of other charges, in addition to receiving a DWI...

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