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Weekly Police Activity Report

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Church Rock, April 20

A man called the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office after his ex-girlfriend’s sister beat him up.

On April 20 at 9:30 pm McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Nocona Clark was dispatched to 409 State Highway 566 in Church Rock because a drunk man told Dispatch that he...


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Deidre Molly Pete

Oct. 4, 2020, 12:20 am

Aggravated DWI (Second)

A vehicle crash near the Love’s Truck Stop at 3380 W. Hwy. 66 led Gallup Police officers to the scene. The criminal complaint stated the crash victim told officers a woman driving a silver vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign near the I-40 westbound off ramp.

Then a call to Metro Dispatch identified the suspect vehicle traveling west on Highway 118 with what looked like collision damage. Patrolman Julio Yazzie was dispatched to 06E Riggs Ave. near Mentmore where he met a deputy from McKinley County Sheriff’s Office who had found and stopped the vehicle.

The driver, Deidre Pete, 33, of Gallup, did not say...

Man killed in shooting at motel

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On May 5 at about 7:20 pm, Gallup Police officers responded to America's Best Value Inn located at 2003 W Historic Highway 66 in Gallup, in reference to shots fired.

Officers located an adult male laying in the parking lot once they arrived. The man appeared to have been shot once in the chest. Officers attempted to revive the man by performing CPR until Emergency Medical Services arrived. However, the man later passed away. His name is being withheld pending notification of family.

This is an ongoing investigation. More details will be released as they become available.

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Thoreau, April 13

A couples’ water heater went up in flames and led them to call the fire department one morning.

On April 13, at 8:39 am, McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Davis Jr. responded to a structural fire at 22 Johnson Road on N.M. Hwy. 612 in Thoreau.

He arrived around 9:00 am and found a Thoreau fire truck and other personnel on the scene. Smoke was still coming out of a bedroom located at the east end of the mobile home.

When Davis met with the homeowners they said no one had gotten hurt.

The fire was contained. The staff on scene said a water heater near the couples’ bedroom caused the fire. Davis took photos of the house and the heater.



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Orel Begay
Nov. 21, 2020, 8:45 pm
Aggravated DWI

Gallup Patrolman Nicole Diswood was dispatched to South Strong and East Highway 66 in reference to a drunk driver. She arrived at the scene and met the driver, Orel Begay, 33, of Fort Defiance, Ariz., after his vehicle had to be stopped by another officer.

Diswood began talking with Begay, noting he had bloodshot eyes and slurred his speech. He had difficulty exiting the vehicle and then refused to take the standard field sobriety tests. Begay also said he had chewing tobacco he was unable to spit out, so he was unable to give a portable breath test.

Begay was transported to Gallup Police Department, where he was able to give...
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