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Two men charged in I-40 death case

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Victim’s co-workers booked for tampering with evidence, homicide

As a New Mexico Department of Transportation road crew worked along the I-40 corridor the afternoon of Nov. 20, with the scenic Hogbacks in the backdrop, they stumbled upon a grisly discovery near the highway shoulder.

Close to mile-marker 24, south of...

Sobriety checkpoints held across state

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NMSP TO HEIGHTEN patrols throughout December

New Mexico State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all state counties during the month of December.

“We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising,” a Nov. 27 press release states. “These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.”


State Police aim to reduce crashes, increase safety

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Thanksgiving C.A.R.E operation results in more than 300 citations

During the Thanksgiving holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort operation across all roadways within the state.

The goal of the traffic initiative is that a strong law enforcement presence will have a direct effect on the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday weekend, and reduce the number of crashes and increase motorist safety as a result.

The NMSP provided an increased patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts. Because of the increased volume of traffic during the holiday, police conducted high-intensity...

Five local deaths during Thanksgiving holiday

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One possible exposure death

The Gallup Police Department reported five deaths occurring over the Thanksgiving holidays, four of them resulting from medical causes.

One death was possibly the result of exposure, according to police. The victim was found on Nov. 22 behind Papa John’s Pizza, 2102 E. Hwy 66, and identified as Rachel Manygoats, 47.

The Gallup Police Department has also reported the identity of the body found behind the Silver Stallion two weeks ago. The cause of death for David Livingston, 52, of Churchrock has also been listed as possibly the result of exposure.


Hit-and-run traps victims in vehicle

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Suspect faces charges in Navajo tribal court

Nizhoni Jacob, 39, of St. Michaels, Ariz. faces DWI charges in Navajo tribal court, but other charges, including leaving the scene of an accident, may be filed against him in New Mexico State court.

It began with a report of a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 491 near Gamerco at 10 am Nov. 24.

McKinley County Sheriff Deputy Cecil Sanders said when arrived at the scene, he met a tribal police officer who said the vehicle that caused the accident had left the scene.

The officer reportedly said the driver and passenger in the other vehicle were OK but were trapped in their vehicle.

Sanders spoke to the two people who were trapped; they...

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