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Former bail bondsman busted for trafficking

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A five month long, joint investigation between McKinley County Sheriff's Office and the F.B.I. resulted in the arrest of former bail bondsman Billie Cotton. MCSO lead narcotics investigator Pat Salazar said the the arrest and search warrants were served at Cotton's home on 404 Zane St. 6:45 am Monday morning.

"We found six...

BREAKING NEWS: Woman's body found in field

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Gallup Police Department responded to a call about a woman found unconscious in a field, north of Magic Car Wash on West Jefferson Avenue Wednesday morning. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

An official from the Office of the Medical Investigator arrived on scene to investigate the death. GPD Capt. and spokesman Rick White said based on the preliminary investigation, it appears that that no foul play was involved and she died sometime during that night.

The Native American woman was sleeping on a tarp and was covered with a blanket when a woman from a nearby homeless encampment discovered her body. Police arrived on the scene, shortly before 7:30 am.

White said the woman had no...

Service or Comfort dog?

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Veteran and pooch refused service

A local veteran said he was denied service from a local eatery because the owner would not allow him to bring his service Chihuahua dog into the restaurant.

Phillip Ramirez, Jr., along with his daughter, son, and niece, said they were denied service from Garcia’s Sunset Grill on Sept. 27 after he was told by the owner, Carlos Garcia, that his service dog, Bunny, was not allowed in the restaurant as Garcia believed the dog to be a pet.

“I was in disbelief about what happened, I couldn’t belief that this took place in our community,” said Ramirez, a 23-year veteran of the National Guard who reportedly suffers from Post Traumatic Stress...

Indian Ed spending called into question

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Superintendent still in limbo

During the Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education’s regular meeting Oct. 5, the board addressed recent media reports calling into question the Indian Education Committee’s spending at various casinos.

“We’ve never been cited for misuse of funds or abuse of funds,” Indian Education Committee President Monica Yazzie said. “We have components in place that justifies our spending for our Native American children. We follow policy procedures under Navajo Nation and Gallup McKinley Schools for our travel and how we utilize our funding.”

According to Priscilla Manuelito, Board of Education secretary, funds used at casinos were...

*UPDATE: Body discovered on Gallup’s south side identified

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*Update Oct. 9, 2015. GPD Capt. Rick White said the man found deceased last Tuesday has been identified as Jasper Eddie Blatchford, 42, from Sierra Vista, Ariz. Unknown cause of death at this time.

Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said officers were dispatched the morning of Oct. 6  “in reference to a person down and out” outside the front entrance to All Star Janitorial Supply on 61 S. Hwy 602.

Officer Kelsey Francisco arrived at All Star about 11:20 am and found the unconscious man shirtless and lying on his back. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

When asked if this death could be related to exposure, White said that it’s too early to speculate on the...

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