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Quintana’s Music sign tagged

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The latest in a series of acts of vandalism in Gallup

Ryan and Rhonda Quintana, owners and operators of Quintana’s Music and Indian Jewelry, 223 W. Coal Ave., arrived at the shop Dec. 16 to an unwelcome surprise. The sign over the entrance had been tagged by an unknown person.

Rhonda Quintana estimates the culprit must...

Cold case charges headed to trial

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Brother accused of molesting sister

ALBUQUERQUE -  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Dec. 18 that San Juan County Magistrate Court Judge Rena Scott found probable cause to believe Michael Stevens committed six first-degree felonies in 2009 by sexually assaulting his sister.

“My office’s top priority is to prosecute any individual accused of violent, sexual acts against minors,” Balderas said. “I continue to commend the bravery of the young survivor in this case, who has already testified against two of her abusers, and we look forward to presenting this case at trial.”

Michael Stevens and three others (Bennie Wabbington, Casey Stallings, and Brandy Stevens) all...

Gallup police joins holiday DWI SuperBlitz campaign

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Checkpoints, more patrols on the roads

This holiday season, the Gallup Police Department will be participating in an ENDWI campaign SuperBlitz with a sobriety checkpoint occurring on Dec. 31 in the City of Gallup.

Additionally, the Gallup Police Department will be conducting increased saturation patrols in an effort to reduce alcohol-related incidents and increase public safety.

Drivers are encouraged to celebrate the season responsibly by having a plan that includes a safe ride home.

Driving while intoxicated is the act of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The operation of a motor vehicle includes being in physical control of the vehicle...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Churchrock, Dec. 5

The evening started as a quiet time for Demetrio Begay, of Thoreau, Dec. 4, spending the afternoon drinking with his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend at the Deadhorse Speedway in Churchrock.

After drinking, the three decided to take a short walk to some cliffs nearby, he later said. Then about 5 pm, the other couple went one way and Begay went the other and it wasn’t long before he got stuck.

He found himself on a ledge about 20 feet off the ground and he tried climbing, but found the surface smooth and slippery. He could not get any traction wearing tennis shoes.

He said that was about 5 pm and he remained on the ledge all night.  He began...

Gallup man facing numerous abuse charges

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A Gallup man is facing numerous charges after being arrested for domestic violence by a Gallup police officer on Oct. 12.

Colin Martinez, 25, was charged with abandonment or abuse of a child, false imprisonment, criminal damage to property, aggravated assault and violating a restraining order.

Gallup Police Officer Brandon Salazar said he was dispatched to the Chuska Apartments on the 2500 block of East Aztec Avenue about 5:30 pm after a neighbor said she heard a woman screaming and yelling in a nearby apartment.

Salazar said he met with the alleged victim, Roderica Tsosie, who said her boyfriend beat her up. She had a red spot on her forehead and scrapes on her elbow.

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