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Suspect in parking lot vehicle burglary caught

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Last week, the Sun reported on a vehicle burglary that occured in the Cracker Barrel parking lot on April 5.

Surveillance footage showed a man possibly in his 30s breaking the window of a 2014 red Ford Escape, taking something from inside, and then getting into another vehicle that drove off.

A number of items were taken...

Sheriff: Prankster(s) make two false officer down calls

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Sheriff deputies were put on high alert April 6, after receiving two officer down calls.

According to the report, the first call came into Albuquerque and Window Rock, Ariz. dispatch centers shortly after 9 am from a caller by the name of “Dwayne.” The caller said there was a Navajo Police Department officer shot below his vest, and bleeding out, near the Family Dollar store on State Highway 264.

When McKinley County Sheriff Sgt. Monty Yazzie arrived at the scene, he didn’t locate an injured officer. He drover further north, to Yatahey, and things there appeared normal, too.

Meanwhile, a second call came in at 5:55 pm, which McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Lorenzo Guerrero...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Gallup, April 8

Gallup Police are investigating the robbery of a local business in which several thousand dollars worth of items were taken.

Angel Hernandez reported the items being stolen from Big Bear Beads, 988 North Ninth St., sometime during the night of April 8. Entry was made in the rear of the building. He said when he entered the building, he could also see that a rear wall had been damaged.

An investigation determined that the suspect or suspects had gotten into a room used by the owner for his vehicles, several of which had been vandalized and things had been stolen, including computers, camping gear, tools and generators. No suspects have been...


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Lyle J. Black

April 7, 4:20 am

Aggravated DWI

McKinley County Deputy Clayton Etsitty was on routine patrol near Speedy’s Gas Station in Black Hat on April 7 when he was approached by a motorist who said they had spotted an older model Dodge Ram truck traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of State 264.

Etisitty called into Metro Dispatch and then met with MCSO Sgt. Tammy Houghtaling, and the two made contact with the vehicle near 1084 Highway 264. The vehicle pulled into Speedy’s and stopped at the fuel pump and Black, 25, of Window Rock, exited the vehicle.

According to Etsitty, Black had bloodshot, watery eyes and responded “No” when asked if he had been...

Native American woman found dead

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Gallup Police responded to a medical call at the south end of Arnold Street shortly before noon April 10. Officers and medical units arrived on scene to find a Native American female unresponsive on the ground.

Medical personnel performed emergency care procedures, but the woman could not be revived. Gallup police detectives took over the scene.

No signs of foul play were evident and authorities have identified the woman as Sherrilee Bryant, 47, of Gallup. The death is under investigation.

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