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Brittany Billie

July 20, 7:45 pm

DWI with a minor in the car

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Franklin Begaye was dispatched to an area near Williams Acres where a woman was passed out in the driver’s seat and there was a young child in the passenger seat with a bloody nose.

When he got there he found Brittany Billie...

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Tse Bonito, July 17

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Davis said he was dispatched to the area of #1595 Hwy. 264 in Tse Bonito after reports came in of a man with a knife who stabbed the hood of a vehicle. When he got to the area, he found a man who matched the suspect’s description.

Davis said the suspect, later identified as Raylon Peterson, 33, of Fort Defiance, Ariz., did not respond when he tried to get his attention so he grabbed his arm and escorted him to his patrol vehicle.

Davis said Peterson also showed signs of being intoxicated.

An employee of the nearby KFC told Davis he saw Peterson damage his car and another car. A piece of metal with a sharp...

State police conducting saturation patrols in August

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New Mexico State Police will be checking for insurance, registration, driver’s licenses and sobriety in saturation patrols across the state for the month of August.

Checkpoints will be located in all New Mexico counties to change attitudes about drinking and driving and to save lives.

Media, marketing and advertising will be employed in an effort to reduce alcohol-related fatalities.


Big Pot Bust at Gallup Port of Entry

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The New Mexico State Police discovered 495 packages of marijuana during the inspection of a semi at the Gallup Port of Entry July 31 around 4 pm.

The packages, which were vacuum sealed, were concealed inside 20 Home Depot boxes in the trailer of the semi.

The total amount of marijuana seized weighed 580 pounds.

The driver and co-driver were arrested and booked into the McKinley County Detention Center.

Binyam Habtamu Getahun, 36 of Alexandria, Va. and Mazemr Abebe Belayneh, 64 of Snellville, Ga. are charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, a 3rd degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a 4th degree felony.

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Gallup, June 28

Gallup Police Officer Richard Rangel said he was on patrol on U.S. Highway 66 when he noticed a car traveling with its headlights off. He began to follow the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near 1310 E. Hwy. 66.

He talked to the driver, Nicholas Scott, 28, of White River, Ariz., who told him he was chasing someone who took money from him. As he talked, Rangel said he noticed signs that Scott might be intoxicated.

When asked if he had been drinking that day, he said he had a drink around 9 am, but admitted he felt buzzed since he had not eaten anything that day.

He agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests and had problems...
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