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FBI offers reward in hit-and-run near Shiprock

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Staff Reports

The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver responsible for a hit-and-run crash that killed a woman on the Navajo Nation on or about April 4.

The Native American woman’s body was found along the south shoulder of the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway...

Gallup Council approves $470K Allison bridge construction contract

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Estimated completion date: Sept. 2017

The Gallup City Council unanimously approved a construction management agreement on June 14 that moves the bigger Allison Corridor Project closer to reality. The vote took place at the regular city meeting and none of the council members rejected the replacement initiative.

The vote calls for Bohannan Huston, Inc. — an Albuquerque-based engineering firm — to provide daily oversight services for the building of a new bridge to replace one that was originally built in 1940.

“This is a construction agreement that is part of the actual bridge replacement,” Gallup Public Works Executive Director Stan Henderson told council members. “This is...

Investigator turns up the heat on a decade-old cold case

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Sketch of ‘John Doe’ released

A reconstruction drawing of a murdered man whose bones were discovered in Christmas Canyon a decade ago has breathed new life into a case gone cold.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Merle Bates said although the man’s bones were discovered in early 2006, it appears the homicide took place during the late ’80s or early ’90s.

And he’s hoping to get some help from the public on identifying this John Doe.

According to the police report, on Feb. 13, 2006, Gallup resident Craig Lombard was walking in the area when he noticed bones protruding from the ground in a small arroyo. He initially assumed those were the bones of an animal, but...

McKinley, Cibola unemployment numbers decrease

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Officials say decrease is ‘seasonal’

New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in April, unchanged from March and down from 6.6 percent a year ago, officials said.

In McKinley County, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent for April 2016, which is a decrease from March’s 8.6 percent. In neighboring Cibola County — a 55-minute drive from Gallup, wherein Grants is the county seat — the unemployment rate for April was 6.1 percent. That figure was down from a 6.7 percent rate in March.

Monthly unemployment statistics are one month behind, due to the amount of time it takes to compile them.

“It’s definitely good news and it is also something that...

Intoxicated man goes on window breaking rampage

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By Dee Velasco

Sun Correspondent

At about 1:30 am early Tuesday morning, the Wells Fargo Bank, 300 West Aztec Ave, alarm was set off by an intoxicated male wielding a fire extinguisher. The suspect, Marcus Spencer, broke four windows in all, and could have easily walked into the bank – but he didn't.

Instead, sources say, Spencer, 26, then made his way across to A Turney's Inc., 207 S. Third St., and broke a window there, reportedly using the same fire extinguisher.

He then headed north down Third Street, breaking several car windows along the way.

Next, he set his sights on the Rex Museum, 301 West Historic Highway 66, and broke out the frontage window with rock and trash can...

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