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Monroe McCray

July 19, 11:14 am

Aggravated DWI (first offense)

Gallup Patrolman Julio Yazzie was dispatched to Love’s Truck Stop, 3380 W. Hwy. 66, in reference to a reckless driver.

When Yazzie arrived, he was advised the vehicle in question, a white Jeep Cherokee with temporary license plates, was seen leaving the...

Sheriff's Office warns of officer-impersonation phone scam

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McKinley County Sheriff's Office Inv. Merle Bates has issued a warning to the general public regarding spam calls, in which the person says they are "Sgt. Merle Bates" and tells the individual they need to pay for court documents, or pay a fine for not reporting for jury duty.
They will ask for payment via Western Union or gift card. Bates said the Sheriff's dept. will never ask for money over the phone. One of the phone numbers scammers are calling from is 505-718-3301. One scammer spoke with a western accent, Bates said.
If you know of someone that has been scammed, Bates encourages the victim goes to their local law enforcement station and file a police report.

Concerns over white vans being addressed

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President is aware of concerns from the Navajo public stemming from social media posts regarding white vans in various communities that appear suspicious.

The Navajo Police Department, under the leadership of Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco, is actively addressing these concerns.

In one situation in the community of Tonalea, the Navajo Police Department responded to concerns over a white van traveling on a local road, which turned out to be a local church group that had rented the van to conduct group church activities in the area.

In another case, a white van was found to be abandoned and was towed on July...

Restaurant Robbery

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Officers from Gallup Police Department were dispatched to Subway, 2206 E. Hwy. 66, in reference to a robbery July 21. Officers made contact with the reporting employee, who informed them that the business was just robbed by a Caucasian female.

The unknown female pulled a handgun out on the Subway employee and demanded money after ordering a sandwich.

The female got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

A blue colored passenger car was seen leaving the location south on Boardman Drive.  If anyone has any information about this incident, they are encouraged to call the Gallup Police Department (505) 863-9365 or Metro Dispatch at (505) 722-2002.

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Thoreau, July 19

McKinley County Sheriff Deputy Ben Benally was dispatched to the 371 Bridge in Thoreau and advised that a male subject was at the base of Thoreau EMS shouting obscenities and profanity at people, and refusing to leave. Metro Dispatch informed Benally en route that the subject was also waving an axe head at passing motorists.

Benally reached the area of First Avenue and 371 Bridge and made contact with Shawn Patrick White, 32, of Milan, who told Benally he wasn’t doing anything and had no weapons on him.

The person who reported White to Metro said he had come into their place of business and begun yelling obscenities at people. The caller then...

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