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DWI First Time Offenders

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NAME: Daylon Willie

AGE: 19

BOOKED: 6/26/17


NAME: Marvin J. Lucero

AGE: 45

BOOKED: 6/24/17

NAME:  Conan L. Caesar

AGE: 37

BOOKED: 6/24/17

NOTES: Open Container

NAME: JC Gomer Gordon

AGE: 34

BOOKED: 3/5/17


NAME: Roger Ponce

AGE: 21

BOOKED: 3/3/17


WANTED: Man who gave false name to investigator

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A June 3 traffic stop landed a Zuni man in some hot water for providing a Sheriff’s investigator the wrong name during a traffic stop.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Merle Bates pulled Rodney Laiwakete over when he noticed that he turned down a dirt road leading from Rehoboth, to avoid a sobriety checkpoint set up by New Mexico State Police on State Highway 118.

Bates stated in the affidavit for an arrest warrant that Laiwakete actually went around a coned area set up by State Police.

“The driver then told (Bates) that he was trying to avoid the check point due to his passengers being intoxicated,” the warrant states.

Laiwakete claimed that he didn’t have his...

Arson suspect jailed

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A homeless man faces two counts of arson for allegedly setting fires around Gallup earlier this month.

Leo Ray Vermillion, 49, was arrested June 20 for setting a car and two abandoned buildings ablaze. He was charged with one count of improper handling of fire, and arson over $500, but not more than $2,500. Gallup Police Department Det. John Yearly led the investigation.

According to the arrest warrant, Yearly responded to the first fire at 502 S. Second St., near the old post office June 17, where fire and police officials initially suspected, based on evidence, that the fire was deliberately set.

Two days later, on June 20, Yearly responded to the scene of an abandoned white...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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6/22, Gallup

As McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Anthony Ashley was driving by Conoco gas station, 2654 E. Highway 66, he noted an employee “who was frantically waving” him down and pointing to a white passenger car.

Ashley immediately pulled up behind the vehicle and flashed his emergency lights. The vehicle, driven by Frederick Butler of Thoreau, N.M., took off from the scene at a high rate of speed.

Butler, 32, weaved recklessly and dangerously as he headed east on State Highway 118, almost striking another vehicle before he slid sideways into a ditch, rolling the car one time at the intersection of Highway 118 and County Road 5.

“I ran to the vehicle...

Arnold Street Allsup’s robbery suspect jailed

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A Red Rock, N.M. man remains incarcerated at McKinley County Adult Detention Center as of June 29, on charges of armed robbery, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, and two counts of false imprisonment.

Jason Farnham allegedly walked into Allsup’s at 1:24 am on June 24, and pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money. He demanded that no one leave the store while he collected the cash.

Farnham, 27, who was donning mostly black attire, made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. According to Gallup Police Department Officer Andrew Thayer’s police report, one of the workers recalled feeling “nervous” about Farnham’s appearance, and began to hide cash from...

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