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Gamerco man jailed on robbery, battery, tampering charges

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Victim reportedly stabbed 19 times

A Gamerco man remained in jail at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center Sept. 23 on a $15,000 cash-only bond after being charged with robbery, aggravated battery, and tampering with evidence, according to an arrest warrant.

Troy Pinto, 43, is the primary suspect in the Sept. 17...


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Legal limit is .08

Bennie R. Tennison

Sept. 22, 6 pm

8th DWI

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai Jr. initiated a traffic stop on a brown GMC pickup heading southbound on N.M. 692 at the 17-mile marker. The vehicle had been reported for nearly colliding with other vehicles at El Sabino Package Liquors, 1863 N.M. 602.

Tennison, 76, nearly rear-ended another vehicle when he came to an abrupt stop. He got out of the car and began walking toward Tsethlikai’s vehicle. Tsethlikai yelled and commanded him to get back in his car.

Tennison smelled of alcohol and had red, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He seemed nervous and claimed he hadn’t had much...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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9/24, GALLUP

Around 5 pm, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Salina Brown was dispatched to the Gallup Flea Market at 340 Ninth St. in reference to a male who’d been hit by a baseball bat and needed medical attention.

According to her report, at the scene, Brown found two security guards and a man with a “golf ball size knot to the middle of his forehead, busted lip, swelling and bruising to his facial area,” near the train.

The injured subject said he was walking home — south of the flea market, on the east side of the railroad tracks by an abandoned shack, according to a report — when he was attacked by three unknown males with a miniature...

Crownpoint man sentenced to more than 15 years in prison

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ALBUQUERQUE – Jarod Martin, 36, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crownpoint, N.M., was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 183 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on assault and firearms charges.  Martin’s crimes of conviction arose out of his March 2, 2015, assault against two Navajo Nation tribal police officers, one of whom was commissioned as a special federal officer by the BIA, during which Martin fired shots at one of the officers and later brandished his firearm at both officers.

Martin’s sentence was announced by U.S...

‘G’ crew caught, jailed

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Two locals fell victim to a Sept. 14 McKinley County Sheriff’s Office undercover drug operation and remained jailed on trafficking, conspiracy and solicitation charges as of press time.

Shawntel Luján, 21, of Gamerco, and Reyes Castillo, 24, of Gallup, remained behind bars Sept. 20 at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. Additionally, both Castillo and Luján were wanted by law enforcement on outstanding drug warrants, officials said.

Luján was jailed on a $5,000 cash-only bond, and Castillo’s bond was set at $15,000, according to information provided by jail officials.

Leading up to the bust, MCSO agents conducted methamphetamine buys from Castillo. Although a...

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