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Chinle bank robber in custody

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CHINLE, Ariz.– The suspect who robbed the Chinle Wells Fargo yesterday morning was taken into Federal custody at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26. Police also recovered the vehicle that was used in the robbery.

On Oct. 26 at approximately 10:51 am, Chinle Police Department (PD) received a call from a Wells Fargo employee...

Man in critical condition post stabbing

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Ryan Plummer was critically injured after being stabbed in the abdomen by one of two men that accosted him while he and a female friend headed southbound on the 700 block of South Second Street Oct. 27.

It’s not clear what prompted the stabbing, but after exchanging some words, Plummer, 30, reportedly tried to grab a knife from the man’s hands and got jabbed in the process.

Police arrived at the 714 S. Second St. at 7:48 pm – the location of Gallup Business Systems.

Plummer’s friend described the two Native American males as being between 18-20 years of age. She told police that the men, who neither her nor Plummer apparently knew, crossed the street and confronted the duo...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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Gallup, 10/19

MCSO Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai was called out to a residence on Caribou Lane in reference to two former detergent containers filled with used hypodermic needles. The caller said she found the icky items in an abandoned recreational vehicle, just west of her residence. The needles were disposed of in sharps containers at the MCSO.


Smith Lake, 10/18

A man who parked his truck on State Highway 371, at Mile Marker 8, after being involved in an accident, reported that his car was broken into overnight, according to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office report. Darryl Maldanado said that his “Cobalt” brand toolbox was stolen along with the...

Dennis “Byrd” Montoya

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Local man busted for dealing heroin

After a 10-month long investigation by Gallup Police Department criminal investigations division, Dennis “Byrd” Montoya was arrested Oct. 13 for selling drugs to Gallup Police Department’s undercover narcotics agents.

Lt. Matt Wright said the narcotics team conducted “undercover buys.”

These buys occurred between Oct. 3 – 10 and the packets of heroin purchased were taken in as evidence.

Wright said that when they served the search warrant to 2433 Sarracino Court, they at first banged on the door. When Montoya didn’t answer, they broke open the door and were able to confiscate 2.5 grams of heroin.

“This time he didn’t get to...

Unfazed by Tase

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Dangerous fugitive nabbed at Fire Rock

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Fire Rock Casino Oct. 16 to apprehend Dominic Childers, who was reportedly “armed and dangerous” and wanted on felony warrants.

He was being detained in a room at the casino. Childers was with Stephanie Garcia, and the duo had left her 9-year-old daughter in the car while they visited the casino.

Everything seemed routine until Deputy Jonathan Todachine asked Childers to exit the room. According to the report, he tried to make a run for it. A scuffle ensued. And when the group of deputies and Navajo Police officers gave the green light for Todachine to tase Childers, a deputy...

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