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David Skeets Elementary placed on lockdown

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Staff, students respond to shots fired call

VANDERWAGEN, N.M. – Staff and students of David Skeets Elementary School initiated a lockdown shortly before 3 pm today due to a call about possible shots fired near the school.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office received the call at about 2:40 pm, and deputies were at the scene...

Two bodies found in field

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Police are still no closer this Tuesday morning to knowing what caused the death of a man and woman discovered in a field Friday.

Gallup Police were dispatched to the area of Pershing Street and Grandview Avenue at 5:30 pm Jan. 17.

The detectives and agents who responded to the scene estimate the duo to be between 50-60 years of age.

Both persons are pending identification confirmation by the Office of the Medical Examiner.

There are no signs of foul play.

Driver admits to causing trouble

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McKinley County Sheriff Deputy Paul Davis Jr. was dispatched about 8 pm, Jan. 4 to the rock climbing area on Mentmore Road in connection with an automobile accident.

When he arrived, he found a man taking care of a woman who was lying in the rear seat of a vehicle. The man, Elijah Begay, said he had come upon the scene after the crash and saw two men walk away from the vehicle.

The woman, Charlene Cleveland, was transported to a nearby hospital while deputies began a search for the two men.

It didn’t take deputies very long before the two men were located. One of the men - Kendric Slim Jim, 19, of Mentmore – admitted he was the driver. Davis said he could smell alcohol coming...

Gallup man arrested for attempted break-in, illegal substance

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Gallup Patrolman Christopher Dawes was dispatched to a residence in the 3000 block of Belle Drive about 7:08 pm, Nov. 5. He was advised that a male was trying to break into a vehicle and was seen running away from the scene.

Dawes made contact with a male matching the description of the suspect, later identified as Malcolm Kalleco, 25, of Gallup, who had a bloody lip. Kalleco said he was just walking in the area as Dawes patted him down for weapons, finding none.

Dawes transported Kalleco back to the scene and spoke with one of the witnesses, Miguel Hernandez.

Hernandez said he was the person who tried to stop the suspect from breaking into one of the vehicles, and the two got into a...

Arizona man’s death under investigation

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Shortly before 6 pm, Jan. 2, McKinley County Sheriff’s deputies responded to call to a home on the 200 block of Summit. A Native American male identified as Phelen McThomas, 36 from Kayenta, Ariz. was found deceased outside.

Undersheriff James Maiorano says foul play has been ruled out. A sheriff’s spokesman said investigators don’t believe the man’s death was weather-related. This was all the information they provided to the Sun. We will provide updates as they become available.

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