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Suspect reportedly stabbed victim near Camille’s

One of McKinley County’s most wanted is now behind bars at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge, officials said.

Marinda Spencer, public information officer at the Gallup Police Department, said Darrell...


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Legal limit is .08

Michelle Raphealito

Aug. 20, 9:33 pm


Traveling westbound on Hwy. 264 near the 11.5-mile marker in Yatahey, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tammy Houghtaling noticed a vehicle turning east on 264 from Sagebrush Avenue; the passenger-side headlight was not working.   Houghtaling pulled the white Chevy pickup over near the 12-mile marker.

The driver, Raphealito, 36, said she misplaced her Arizona license. She smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes.

She failed field sobriety tests and blew .00 during breath testing; she was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw before booking.

Garrett Etsitty

Aug. 20, 7:15 pm


Weekly Crime Blotter

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8/22, GALLUP

At 8:19 am, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Paul Davis, Jr. was notified of a bomb threat by staff at the District Court, 207 W. Hill Ave.

Upon arrival at the court, Davis met with the clerk who’d received the bomb-threat call.

The clerk told Davis that the caller said, “I’m going to blow all you p---sies up… all of you,” and then hung up.

“The caller sounded young, like a teenager and spoke in gangster/thug slang,” the police report states.

A search of the premise was conducted and no suspicious items were found. Employees were allowed to reenter the court, and the clerk who received the call filled out a Department of the Treasury...

How did an alleged killer fall through the cracks?

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Among questions following the gruesome rape and murder last week of an Albuquerque girl that sent shockwaves across New Mexico is how one of the alleged perpetrators was present to commit the violence in the first place.

Fabian Gonzales, one of three being charged in the murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, was supposed to be on supervised probation for a separate crime for a year-and-a-half before the night of Martens’ death.

In February 2015, a judge sentenced Gonzales, 31, to two years of probation after he pleaded guilty to battery and abandonment of a child.

This two-year probation sentence, however, was never enforced.

The sentence prohibited Gonzales from using illegal...

GFD: Motel fire began in trashcan

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Road Runner Motel shut down

The cause of a fire that shut down a local motel Aug. 11 can be traced to a trashcan inside one of the rooms, officials said.

Gallup Deputy Fire Chief Jesus Morales said the fire began in a trashcan in Room 215 of the Road Runner Motel.

“We’re still looking into what was in the trashcan that ignited the fire,” Morales said. “The investigation is not yet closed.”

Gallup police and firefighters responded to the blaze, which tore through the upper deck of the two-story structure. The south portion of the upper deck was burned away, along with parts of the attic and a section of the second floor.

Gallup fire and police spokespersons said a call...

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