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Darlene Begay

June 25, 7:36 pm

DWI (Second)

A report of a car swerving on the roadway sent McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Villa, Jr. to State Highway 566 in Church Rock, N.M. A caller told Metro Dispatch that a car with five people inside had pulled into Deadhorse Speedway and stopped in the parking lot.



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Marissa Paiz

June 19, 10:45 pm

Aggravated DWI (Second)

McKinley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tammy Houghtaling said she was traveling north on Second Street when she noticed a car having trouble staying in its lane. When it almost hit a curb, she conducted a traffic stop.

Marissa Paiz, 41, of Gamerco, admitted she had a few drinks before driving. Houghtaling also found a half-empty liquor miniature in the pocket of the driver’s side door.

She agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests and had problems following instructions. After failing the tests, she was arrested.

She agreed to take a breath alcohol test and posted samples of .20 and .19.

She was released on her own...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Thoreau, June 20

An argument between a couple in Thoreau on June 20 led to the arrest of Eugenia Morgan, 40, on charges of battery on a household member.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Villa Jr. was dispatched to Windsong Avenue in reference to a local domestic dispute. When he got there he met Morgan, who said her boyfriend hit her.

She added that she may have punched him back.

Villa then talked to Leroy Muskett, who was in a back room. While Morgan had no visible injuries, Muskett had blood on his head and hands. He said the two of them were lying in bed when Morgan started hitting him.

He said he hit her back in self defense and when Villa went...

Police detective gets strawberries, gets reported to CYFD

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A quick trip to the market for a box of strawberries landed a Gallup police detective on report.

McKinley County Deputy Nocona Clark was sent to the Gallup Walmart at 1650 W. Maloney Ave. at 6:22 pm on April 24. Dispatchers told him there was a child left alone in a car at that address.

Several people became involved. Clark met Gallup Police Officer Christopher Dawes on his way over.

Dawes said he was waved down by a citizen telling him about the same child and that the child had crawled out of the window of the car.

They ran the license plate.

It turned out the car belonged to a Gallup police detective named Tasheena Wilson.

Clark caught up with Wilson and she said she had stopped...

Update on NMSP officer-involved shooting in McKinley County

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GALLUP — As has been previously reported, the Gallup Police Department was dispatched to the Redwood Lodge Motel in Gallup on June 5, a few minutes before midnight upon learning of a report of two men in a white Dodge truck with a firearm.

Officers located the truck and two men and a pursuit began when the truck drove around the motel parking lot, nearly struck the patrol unit, and merged onto New Mexico Statre Road 118.

The two men in the truck flashed their headlights and drove into opposing lane traffic before throwing objects at officers from the bed of the truck.

A Gallup Police Officer terminated the chase by firing at least one shot toward the truck.

The Dodge continued...

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