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Westside Conoco robbers don’t get beer; jailed instead

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One suspect had nun chucks

By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

Darwin Butte and Raymond Martin remain jailed May 13 on individual felony robbery charges after the two attempted a beer heist at the Conoco gas station and convenience store at 3302 W. Historic Highway 66 on May 11, according to a police report.

Both possess...

Frazier Shows carnival draws hundreds; rakes in $14K for city

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Frazier was in Indian Capital three times in 2015

Excitement spread across the Indian Capital the past two weeks as hundreds – perhaps thousands depending on who you talk to – of people partook in the tri-annual family-friendly Frasier Shows carnival at Rio West Mall. Based on the dates of past performances, the event could be coming back to Gallup’s Rio West Mall.

“This was the first time that I brought my daughter, Anne, 10, and my son, Kevin, 13, to Gallup for the carnival,” Jannie Smith, 38, of Window Rock, said. “They like carnivals. The thing is they don’t get to go a lot of carnivals, because they aren’t here in Gallup a lot over the summer.” Anne Smith...

McKinley, Cibola unemployment rates inch downward

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Seasonal, retail jobs picking up, officials say

New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in March, down from 6.4 percent in February and down from 6.5 percent in February, according to information recently released by the state Department of Work Force Solutions.

In McKinley County, the unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in March, which was a decrease from an 8.8 percent rate in February. In nearby Cibola County, about an hour’s drive from Gallup, the unemployment rate for March was 6.7 percent which represents a drop from a 7.0 rate from February.

The statistics are typically one month behind due to the amount of time needed foe compilation, officials...

FBI, Navajo Nation seeking information on armed robbery

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TUBA CITY, Ariz. – The FBI and the Navajo Nation are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying several people who may have information regarding the armed robbery of a Chevron gas station in Tuba City, Arizona May 2.

The individuals captured in surveillance photos were seen in the vicinity of the Chevron during the robbery. Authorities are calling these individuals persons of interest because they may have information regarding the incident.

If you have any information regarding this robbery or any of the pictured individuals, please contact the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office, Flagstaff Resident Agency, at (928) 774-0631 or the Navajo Department of Public Safety at (928)...

MCSO nab Gallup man on drug charges after traffic stop: Meth, pipes seized in traffic stop

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By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

A routine traffic stop on May 3 yielded the arrest of one Gallup man on drug charges and with another given a written citation for drug evidence, officials said at a Friday afternoon news conference.

Wade Rodriguez, 23, and Aaron Gonzales, 26, were pulled over by McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Johnson Lee near Historic Highway 66 and not far from Aztec Avenue on the east side of town. Rodriguez was subsequently charged with trafficking a controlled substance and also charged with the possession, delivery or manufacturing of drug paraphernalia, according to Lee’s report on the matter.

Gonzales was not charged in the incident, but was...

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