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Gallup man takes NMSP on 120 mph chase

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Anthony Palacios, 45, of Gallup, faces multiple charges following a chase that reached more than 120 miles per hour in the early morning hours on Interstate 40.

Palacios faces a felony charge of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, along with reckless driving, driving while license suspended, concealing identity...

Churchrock man charged with abuse, vehicular harm

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Octavius Dan Atele, 25, of Churchrock,  N.M., was charged with great bodily harm by vehicle, child abuse and DWI with a minor, following a crash that resulted in him and his one-month-old baby being airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque on Feb. 8.

According to reports, Metro Dispatch received a call at about 1:18 pm following an accident with serious injuries caused by a possible drunk driver in a red Chevy Trax. Deputies Terence Willie and Paul Davis arrived at the scene, on State Highway 566 at the 4.1 mile marker.

There, they saw the red Chevy on the side of the road, with heavy front-end damage. A woman who had stopped at the scene told deputies that...


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Erin James
Jan. 27, 3:42 pm
Aggravated DWI

Erin James, 22, of Vanderwagen, N.M., was arrested and charged with DWI following an incident on the afternoon of Jan. 27, after nearly hitting another vehicle head-on. James did hit and break the driver’s side mirror.

Deputy Frank Villa Jr. was dispatched to the seventh mile marker of State Highway 400 in McGaffey in reference to several occupants in a silver Dodge Ram pickup who were driving while intoxicated, according to police reports.

Villa saw that the truck had crossed the double yellow center line and half the truck was on the wrong side of the road, prompting Villa to pull the truck’s driver over at the first mile marker of...

Watch out for Valentine’s Day romance scams

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but with it comes the danger of scammers looking to steal from people on dating apps.

Seasoned online criminals often create false profiles on dating sites and apps and also try to make contact via Facebook or other popular social media sites, according to the FBI.

To avoid becoming a victim, the FBI recommends you use only reputable, recognizable dating websites, though be aware scammers may be using these sites, too. Never provide your financial information, loan money, or allow your bank accounts to be used to transfer funds.

Further, the FBI warns not to allow yourself to be isolated from your family and friends, and do not believe stories of...

Two juveniles charged in shots-fired incident

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Two Gallup youths have been arrested and charged with two counts of shooting at a house.

Nathan Sanchez and Jeremiah Gomez, both age 16, were charged with the incident that occurred on Feb. 6.

Both Sanchez and Gomez are facing identical charges: two counts of shooting at a dwelling or occupied building, three counts of shooting at or from a motor vehicle, two counts of child abuse, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of unlawful possession of a handgun.

Both have been booked into the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center.

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