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Alleged Gallup child molester free on $20K bond

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A Gallup man, arrested on three charges of criminal sexual contact with a minor, a child under 13 years old, remains free on a $20,000 bail bond after being released from the McKinley County Detention Center on March 29. Eric Hernandez, 31, was taken into custody about a week earlier on...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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The legal limit is .08.

Herbert Curley Delgarito

March 27, 1:44 am

2nd DWI, Aggravated

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Johnson Lee encountered Delgarito while patrolling westbound State Highway 118. He had crossed the white shoulder lines and the lane line a few times giving Lee a good reason to pull him over.

When Lee approached the vehicle, he noticed that Delgarito’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and that he reeked of booze. When he spoke, he slurred his words. He claimed to be on medication, but Lee couldn’t make out what type of meds he was on as he spoke, according to the report.

Lee noted that there was an open box of Coors Light on the passenger...

Fraud scheme hits City of Albuquerque

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Crooks get $400k of taxpayer cash

ALBUQUERQUE – The Office of the State Auditor became aware April 6 that the City of Albuquerque was defrauded in a scam the OSA sent an alert about earlier this week.

The City complied with a fraudulent request to change vendor payment information that diverted at least $400,000 in public funds to a scammer. The OSA sent out the fraud alert earlier this week after an almost identical scam resulted in the loss of over $200,000 in construction funds for a project at the San Antonio Elementary School in Socorro.

“Unfortunately, the City of Albuquerque was hit by a scam that cost it over $400,000 in taxpayer dollars,” State Auditor Tim Keller...

Milan man dies in car accident

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Possible DWI-related fatality

As Salvador Araujo was exiting from Sun Loans in Tse Bonito onto east Highway 264 on the afternoon of April 3, his vehicle was struck by Shad Etsitty, who according to witness statements, was traveling down 264 at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic.

Araujo was pronounced dead at the scene, at 3:40 pm.

According to the accident report, compiled by McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joseph Guillen, the damage to Araujo’s vehicle and body was significant. He was pinned in the driver seat by the driver door and steering wheel, and had sustained visible head injuries and a possible chest injury.

Navajo Nation Lt. Moore told deputies...

ABQ man jailed on drug possession, warrant, resisting arrest charges

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An Albuquerque man, already facing resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia charges, might be looking at a separate assault upon a police officer charge, too, after a recent incident, officials said. The culprit in the situation remains jailed at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $2,000 reduced bond amount, according to jail records.

Rudy Martinez-Zepeda, 25, was taken into custody by a female deputy with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office on March 26 when MCSO was called to the Thoreau Giant Station. There, Deputy Lasheena Johnson encountered Zepeda and his mother, Lorraine Zepada, who were stopped at the station after a visit to a friend’s...

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