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Stephen Gene

March 18, 1:30 am

2nd DWI, Aggravated

Gallup Police Department Officer John Gonzales was on patrol near Virgie’s Restaurant on U.S. Highway 66 when another driver on the road made him suspicious. The blue Ford was weaving between lanes and its exhaust pipe was dragging behind, according to the police...

Motel turns to hell for one man

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Gallup motels are often the site of violence, which was the case March 20 when Gallup Police Officer Douglas Hoffman was dispatched around 9:30 am to the Redwood Lounge, after management reported seeing a man leave one of the rooms with blood on his boots.

Hoffman walked to the room in question and found it to be a mess and saw a man, later identified as Travis George, 35, of Red Valley, lying in a fetal position on the floor with blood on his head.

Hoffman said the man was snoring and could not be woken up. Hoffman called for an ambulance and when it arrived, he went across the street and found Kyle Clah, 31, of Chinle. His boots were covered in blood, which Hoffman said made sense...

Facebook post helps officers catch trailer thief

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MILAN - The search for John Howard is over.

Howard, 32, was being sought by the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office for the past week in connection with the theft of two flatbed trucks from the Thoreau area in February.

The sheriff’s office received word the morning of March 28 that Howard had been arrested by police in Milan on burglary charges there and was now incarcerated in the Milan jail waiting to be arraigned on those charges.

Pat Salazar, the chief of police in Milan as well as the former head of the drug unit for the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, said Howard was arrested by his department in connection with the theft of a motorcycle and items from a tire shop on...

Gamerco man attempts to bite arresting officer’s neck

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Suspect booked for two counts of battery upon a police officer

McKinley County Sheriff’s Dep. Anthony Morales headed to the 500 block of Chino Road in Gamerco March 19 after a woman reported that Adrian K. Chavez, 31, “was going to kill her.”

Morales was familiar with Chavez. The two “have had previous incidents,” according to the police report, and Morales was aware that Chavez had mental health issues.

As he was driving to the latest incident, Morales spotted Chavez heading northbound on Crystal Avenue, and turned his car around to approach him. Exiting the car, Morales heard Chavez say, “Pop this white boy,” and then pointed his finger towards him, according to...

Meth trafficking duo sentenced to prison

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ALBUQUERQUE – Joclyn Telles, 35, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced March 20 in federal court to 60 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for her methamphetamine trafficking conviction.

Telles and co-defendant Joshua Nestle, 26, also of Las Cruces, were arrested in February 2017, and were charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

The complaint also charged Nestle with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with using and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. According to the criminal complaint, the defendants committed the crimes on June 29, 2016, in Doña...

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