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Weekly Police Activity Report

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Gallup, Jan. 27

A man was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after police allege he tried to stab a security guard at a Safeway store with a pair of tweezers.

Officer Victor Madrid was dispatched at 4:58 pm to the Safeway at U.S. Highway 491 in reference to a weapon call. The caller stated a...

Body discovered at stadium

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Police, medical and fire personnel were called out Feb.14 to the Gallup Public School Stadium, 1000 S. Grandview, after a passerby made a report to 911 about what he thought was a body to the east of the stadium.

Authorities confirmed the body was that of DeWayne Freeland, 55, of Fort Wingate, N. M.

Gallup Police Captain Erin Toadlena Pablo told the Gallup Sun that the family has been notified. There is no cause of death at this time, however no foul play is suspected.

Results from the Office of the Medical Investigator are pending.


Gallup man takes NMSP on 120 mph chase

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Anthony Palacios, 45, of Gallup, faces multiple charges following a chase that reached more than 120 miles per hour in the early morning hours on Interstate 40.

Palacios faces a felony charge of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, along with reckless driving, driving while license suspended, concealing identity, speeding, driving on a divided highway, driving on roadways laned for traffic, vehicles entering stop or yield intersection, failure to use proper turn signals, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At about 1:48 am Jan. 19, N.M. State Police Officer Alexander Apodaca was patrolling I-40 westbound when he noticed a 2000...

Churchrock man charged with abuse, vehicular harm

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Octavius Dan Atele, 25, of Churchrock,  N.M., was charged with great bodily harm by vehicle, child abuse and DWI with a minor, following a crash that resulted in him and his one-month-old baby being airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque on Feb. 8.

According to reports, Metro Dispatch received a call at about 1:18 pm following an accident with serious injuries caused by a possible drunk driver in a red Chevy Trax. Deputies Terence Willie and Paul Davis arrived at the scene, on State Highway 566 at the 4.1 mile marker.

There, they saw the red Chevy on the side of the road, with heavy front-end damage. A woman who had stopped at the scene told deputies that...


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Erin James
Jan. 27, 3:42 pm
Aggravated DWI

Erin James, 22, of Vanderwagen, N.M., was arrested and charged with DWI following an incident on the afternoon of Jan. 27, after nearly hitting another vehicle head-on. James did hit and break the driver’s side mirror.

Deputy Frank Villa Jr. was dispatched to the seventh mile marker of State Highway 400 in McGaffey in reference to several occupants in a silver Dodge Ram pickup who were driving while intoxicated, according to police reports.

Villa saw that the truck had crossed the double yellow center line and half the truck was on the wrong side of the road, prompting Villa to pull the truck’s driver over at the first mile marker of...
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