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10/16, GALLUP

At 11:57 am, Gallup Police Department Officer Andrew Thayer was dispatched to 601 S. Dani Dr. Apt. M3 in reference to a larceny.

According to his report, on arrival, Thayer made contact with a woman who said she’d left an iPad Mini on the coffee table before heading to Walmart. The only...

Fire closes north-side McDonald’s

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Damages: $30,000

The north-side McDonald’s at 700 N. U.S. 491 remained closed this week after a grease fire grew out of control and forced the business to temporarily close its doors on Oct. 11, officials said.

Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales said city firefighters responded to the scene at about 8:28 am. Morales said the cause of the fire is yet to be determined and estimated the cost of damages to be around $30,000.

“The fire is still under investigation,” Morales said. “There were no injuries. This could have been a case where the machine got too hot or something along those lines.”

Morales said firefighters arrived at the scene within minutes, and the incident...

“Chief” sentenced for selling membership in fake Native American tribe

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A former Brownsville man, now living in Waco, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions of selling membership in a non-recognized Native American tribe, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.

Humberto Reveles, 61, pleaded guilty in March 2015.

On Oct. 11, U.S. District Judge U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen handed Reveles a 33-month sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. He was further ordered to pay restitution of $198,795 to 144 victims of the scheme.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Hanen noted that this scheme was just as bad as coyotes smuggling people past the checkpoint. He also noted that this...

Gallup man sentenced to 10 years for federal methamphetamine trafficking conviction

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Diaz prosecuted as part of “worst of the worst” anti-violence initiative

ALBUQUERQUE – Dexter Diaz, 32, of Gallup, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque on Oct. 11 to 120 months in prison for his conviction on a methamphetamine trafficking charge.

Diaz will be on supervised release for five years following his prison sentence.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy of the DEA’s El Paso Division, McKinley County Sheriff Ronald Silversmith, and Chief Timothy Trimble of the Zuni Pueblo Tribal Police Department.

Diaz, whose criminal history includes felony convictions for three drug trafficking crimes, is...

Couple charged with child neglect, open container violations

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On Sept. 28 a couple was arrested and booked at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on abandonment or abuse of a child; driving under the influence; consuming or possessing an open container of alcohol; mandatory license revocation; and child passenger restraint violation charges.

Stevenson Lee was jailed, and his girlfriend, Kaylene Johnson, 32, was released Sept. 30 on her own recognizance, records show. Both were jailed on $5,000-bond amounts after Lee’s erratic driving nearly caused accidents.

Reportedly, Lee was weaving on the highway with passengers in tow. He was released from jail Oct. 12, officials said.

What Happened?

Officer Douglas Hoffman of the Gallup Police...

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