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Dead body found off East Route 66

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POLICE SEEK THE PUBLIC'S HELP TO ID DECOMPOSED REMAINS

By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

***The dead body of an unidentified person was discovered and reported to Gallup Police Tuesday morning.

Gallup Police Department spokesperson Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said dispatch received a call about a dead body from a passerby at 10:38 am on Aug. 2.

“We don’t have identification of the body yet,” Morrissette said. “The investigation is still open.”

The body was found near the Four Corners Welding & Supply, at 606 E. Hwy. 66, on Gallup's east side. The advanced decomposition of the body made it difficult for investigators to at least uncover clues that would help determine a...

Navajo Nation Council applauds announcement of federal investigation into the shooting of Loreal Tsinigine

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WINDOW ROCK , Ariz. – The 23rd Navajo Nation Council applauded Friday’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice will review the local investigation into the shooting death of 27-year-old Loreal Tsinigine, a member of the Navajo Nation, which occurred on March 27.

"The Navajo Nation Council is elated that the United States Department of Justice has made the decision to review the investigation into the shooting death of Loreal Tsinigine at the hands of Officer [Austin] Shipley,” stated Speaker LoRenzo Bates. “While Maricopa County may allow Officer Shipley to escape criminal prosecution, we are hopeful that a federal investigation will bring justice for...

State Police investigate fatal crash near Prewitt

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PREWITT – At about 1 pm Friday, New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on n I-40 at mile marker 62, near Prewitt.

The initial investigation indicated that a semi-tractor trailer was merging onto the eastbound roadway from the shoulder when a passenger car traveling eastbound struck the rear of the semi.

Front seat passenger, identified as Helen Larry, 52, of Pillow Crest, N.M., sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and remaining two passengers were transported by EMS for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the semi was uninjured.

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in this crash. The crash remains...

NM State Police investigating fatal shooting by Gallup Police Department

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NMSP, GPD not releasing much detail in shooting death

When officers are involved in a shooting, they are typically placed on administrative leave – whether the reported suspect survived his wounds or died.

Officials at the Gallup Police Department confirmed through a press release that the unnamed officers who were involved with the shooting death of Gallup resident Alvin Sylversmythe, on July 24,  were placed on leave with pay.

But the release did not confirm how many officers were placed on leave or their names.

The release states that officers were dispatched to 304 Arnold Street at 12:45 am.

“… Officers took steps to disarm the male to include the deployment of less...

Udall’s Measure to Strengthen UAS Testing Hub at NMSU Is Signed into Law

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WASHINGTON —U.S. Senator Tom Udall’s measure to solidify Southern New Mexico’s position as a leading testing center for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, commonly referred to as “drones”) was signed into law July 15 as part of the bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration.

New Mexico State University’s UAS Flight Test Center was the FAA’s original UAS test center; it served as a model for six sites across the country that were authorized by Congress in 2012. Udall’s language adds NMSU, creating a group of test ranges that can equally compete for federal projects — a move that will give NMSU parity with the sites authorized in 2012 and help attract business...

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