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Wayne Lucero

March 7, 11:10 am

Aggravated DWI

Metro Dispatch received multiple calls about a grey Toyota Tundra parked in front of the Prewitt post office with its motor running and the driver asleep at the wheel. McKinley County Deputy Clayton Etsitty was dispatched to the area of 1692 State Hwy. 122 in Prewitt, where...

Deputies respond to shooting in Gamerco

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Deputy Jerald Watchman and Deputy Dewayne Holder were called to 206 Summit Avenue in Gamerco on Feb. 26, around 3:30 am. They were responding to a call about a gunshot victim.

A man named Thompson Becenti met the deputies in the yard outside the trailer home. He told the officers that the victim was in the trailer.  Holder went inside, where he met the victim Brandon Kiyite, sitting in a chair just inside the door.

When Holder asked him what happened, Kiyite said a man had taken his car and shot him. He said he didn’t know the man, but that he told Kiyite that he worked for the cartel.

Holder asked about the shooter’s race, and Kiyite said he thought he was Native. He described...

FBI seeks those responsible for death of Navajo Nation resident

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The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the death of Isiah Terrell Billy.

On Oct. 5, Billy was found deceased in a wash east of the Sinclair gas station near mile marker 23 on U.S. Highway 64, in Shiprock, New Mexico.

The cause of death is pending, but considered suspicious.

Billy, who was 30 at the time, lived in Shiprock, on the Navajo Nation.

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (505) 889-1300 or go online at tips.fbi.gov.

KGCB talks future plans

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The Keep Gallup Clean and Beautiful Board met Feb. 16 to brainstorm ways to motivate and inspire Gallupians to beautify the city.

Board member Kara Smith envisioned a day when there would be less litter in Gallup.

“Ultimately the way I see that happening is step-by-step and one thing that we need to continue doing as an organization with our strategic planning process, is building out a phase[d] work plan,” Smith said.

When the board discussed how they might achieve their goals of ending littering and making Gallup beautiful, Smith said “That could involve everything from PSAs [public service announcements], … to innovative campaigns — that could be billboards, that could...

Compliance program updated for Jail Authority Board

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The Jail Authority Board reviewed the McKinley County Adult Detention Center’s intakes at its Feb. 23 meeting.

Christopher Sice, the misdemeanor compliance program manager for McKinley County, guided the board through the compliance report.

He reported that $4,419 had been collected for the DWI program, and that $5,676.17 had been collected for the compliance program, for a total of $10,095.17.

In telling the board about supervised probation defendants, Sice said 13 percent of them had completed a treatment program, 11 percent were still attending one, 52 percent did not attend one, 1 percent did not complete a program, and 23 percent did not have a treatment program ordered.


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