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Wade Rodriguez jailed on $3K cash only bond

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Meth, pipes, scale seized in traffic stop

One of the Gallup men arrested May 3 after a routine traffic stop led to drug trafficking and possession charges, remained jailed this week at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, a jail official said.

Wade Rodriguez, 23, was jailed on a $3,000 cash only bond, Jail Warden...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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5/9, Gallup

Multiple Gallup Police Department officers arrived to a home on 107 E. Hill in response to a man threatening another man with a gun. According to police reports, the man with the gun was Darrell Deschene of Gallup. He also reportedly had a knife on him as well.

The reported victim told police that he was in the house, with the door locked, and was arguing with his girlfriend when Deschene reportedly kicked in the door and was holding a gun with his right hand outside of his left hip unholstered. The victim then closed the door on Deschene and called the police.

Since Deschene, 23, didn’t possess a New Mexico concealed weapons permit, he was...


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Terry Jim

May 6, 10:33 am

4th DWI, Aggravated

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Garylle James arrived a the Deadhorse Giant to assist Navajo Police Department Officer Virgil Martin. According to James report, Martin told him that he responded to the Red Top Road in reference to two men drinking, and that one was also driving.

From James’ initial contact with Jim, he could smell booze coming from the vehicle. Jim, 39, admitted to having one can of malt liquor that day. Jim didn’t fare well on the field sobriety tests, and blew .20 and .19 during the alcohol content breath tests.


Bradford James

May 4, 11:56 am

4th DWI, Aggravated

As James drove...

MCSO arrests gun-toting Thoreau man

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Suspect tried to jump fence; carried 30 unspent rounds

THOREAU – A McKinley County Sheriff’s deputy was able to arrest a Thoreau man May 3 in spite of the fact that the subject was carrying a loaded Taurus 38 Special and several rounds of unspent ammunition, according to a police report.

Deputy Robert Turney noted in a report that a call came at 4:18 p.m. in regarding a fist fight between two males at a Giant gas station and convenience store along New Mexico Highway 371.

“A short distance from the store on Windsong Avenue, I made contact with a male subject who was alone and wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt similar to part of the description given out by dispatch,” Turney...

Man sentenced to 9-years for fatal stabbing

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – On May 9, Douglas Lawrence Bedell, Jr., 31, of Dilkon, Arizona, a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 108 months’ imprisonment.  Bedell had previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

On Jan. 4, 2015, Bedell killed the victim, Brian Lee, also, a member of the Navajo Nation, by stabbing him in the throat. The incident occurred on the Navajo Reservation.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations. The prosecution was handled by Cassie Bray Woo and Brandon Brown, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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