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Couple that died during a murder-suicide in Gallup ID'd

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By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

Two people and a dog are dead from gunshot wounds after an apparent car repossession reached the point of no return at Gallup’s Walmart. That’s the story line stemming from an April 25 incident that left a white male and female and a dog dead, police and witness reports suggest.

According to a police report, Gary Crakow, 70, and Virgina Leichliter, 70, of Mesa, Ariz., were pronounced deceased by Gallup emergency responders in Row 10 of the parking lot at Walmart at 1650 W. Maloney Ave.

The police report, released April 27, states that Jeremy Greeson of Reservation Recovery towing service, told Gallup police that he was about to tow a black...

Walmart shooting leaves two dead, dog killed, also

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By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

Two people and a dog are dead from gunshot wounds after an apparent murder suicide at Gallup’s Walmart.

Capt. Marinda Spencer of the Gallup Police Department said a call regarding a potentially fatal shooting at the West Maloney Boulevard store came in to Metro Dispatch at about 12:30 p.m. When officers arrived it was determined that the incident involved a male and a female and an animal, Spencer said.

“Yes, I can confirm that there was a fatal shooting,” Spencer said. “The incident is still under investigation.”

A Walmart employee who asked not to be identified said the store has continued with normal business. She said police have said...

Local man booked for alleged murder staged as suicide

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A Gallup man was booked for first degree murder and tampering with evidence April 20 for the murder of Gallup resident 57-year-old Jami Nechero.

Randolph "Randy" Schmaltz reportedly left plenty of clues for police to arrest him for the murder, as revealed in the arrest warrant.

When Gallup Police Department officers arrived at the 1700 block of South Cliff Drive on Sept. 2, 2014, at 1:22 pm, in response to shots fired, they talked to the caller who said that she heard at least six gunshots in a row, coming from a home north of her residence.

Officer Douglas Hoffman made his way over to that home at 1710 South Cliff Dr., the home of Schmaltz, 64, who greeted the officer at the door...

Gallup Council approves G-22 agreements

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City unveils $90M proposed 2018 budget

The Gallup City Council approved two measures at an April 19 special meeting related to surface water backup of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project.

The two measures dealt with the approval of a settlement agreement on G-22 water application litigation with Whispering Cedars Mutual Domestic Water Users Association and a separate approval of a settlement agreement on G-22 water application litigation with Juniper Trails Water Association. Both matters were introduced by City Attorney George Kozeliski.

Gallup City Manager Maryann Ustick unveiled the proposed 2018 operating budget during the second half of the special meeting.

“These two...

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