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Sheriff’s Dept. warns parents of social media danger

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Online predators catfish local teenagers

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Merle Bates has a stern warning for parents – keep a close eye on your children’s movements on social media.

There’s predators out there posing as teenagers asking teenagers to send photos of their genitalia.

Bates said he’s...


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Wilbur H. Tso Jr.

Feb. 24, 2:03 am

DWI (first offense)

Gallup Police Officer Richard Rangel said he received a report of a possible drunk driver in the area of East U.S. Highway 66 and Woodrow Avenue.

He drove to the area and found the vehicle and made a traffic stop. The driver, Tso, 27, of Crownpoint, showed signs of being intoxicated. He admitted to Rangel he had three drinks earlier that evening.

He agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests and failed. After he agreed to take a breath alcohol test, he blew two samples of .11 each.

Ernie Lee

Feb. 23, 3:48 pm

Aggravated DWI (first offense)

Gallup Patrolman Norman Bowman said he came in contact with Lee, 28, of...

Mother and child rescued from hostage situation

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LAS CRUCES – Three people in a vehicle bypassed a Border Patrol checkpoint on the morning of Feb. 27, alerting the Border Patrol, New Mexico State Police, and Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office.  The three were identified as James Kirkland, 39, of Kingman, Ariz., his wife, and the couple’s 7-year-old son.

The vehicle was traveling on Interstate 25 around milepost 37. Once stopped, Kirkland’s wife ran and Kirkland armed and barricaded himself and his son inside the vehicle.  Kirkland made several statements indicating he was going to kill his son and himself.  He placed the boy between himself and  the officers attempting to negotiate with him.

During the standoff, a State...

Unrestrained 5-month-old killed in McKinley County crash

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MCKINLEY COUNTY – New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on New Mexico State Road 371, around milepost 8, north of Thoreau March 6, shortly after 8 am.

According to the initial investigation, a 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer driven by a 28-year-old Albuquerque mother, was traveling south on SR 371. The Mitsubishi drove across the center line into opposing northbound traffic where it clipped a 2013 Nissan Altima’s mirror and then collided almost head-on with a 2005 Toyota 4runner.

The Mitsubishi then spun into an unoccupied McKinley County Sheriff’s patrol unit that was parked on the right shoulder of the southbound lane. The deputy was investigating a previous crash, at...

Gallup police, FBI searching for bank robber

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The Gallup Police and the FBI are looking for Richard Johns Jr., 46, of Gallup, in connection with the robbery of the Washington Federal Bank Feb. 19.

There have been no details released on the bank robbery itself except for a report that no injuries occurred and that it occurred about 12:30 pm. Police said the robber made off with an unspecified amount of money.

Police spent Tuesday evening checking out Gallup motels after receiving a tip that Johns may be staying at one of them.

Johns was reported to be armed and dangerous.

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