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Youth facing murder charges

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The McKinley County Sheriff’s Department issued an affidavit for the arrest of a Gallup minor charged with first-degree murder.

At 11 pm on Nov. 29, McKinley County Investigator Frank Villa Jr. received a phone call from Deputy Clayton Etsitty in reference to a stabbing that had occurred at an apartment on the 500 block...

Expensive power saw stolen

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Deputy Savannah Williams was dispatched to Rimrock Chainsaw at 1292 Hwy. 264 in reference to a larceny.

Ashiihashkii Clasuschee said a customer called him about a cut-off saw and he told the caller he had the saw in stock.  But when he tried to find the saw, he couldn’t.

That’s when he decided to review his security video camera footage and discovered that around 11:30 am on Oct. 17, a man ran out of Rimrock Chainsaw with the cut-off saw he was looking for.  Clasuschee said it was a blue 14” gas-powered Makita cut-off saw worth $980.

Clasuschee told Williams he had about five employees working that day and it was busy.  He believed the saw disappeared when all the...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Thoreau, Dec. 7

The sheriff’s office is investigating an arson that took place in Thoreau on Dec. 7.

McKinley County Sheriff Deputy Miguel Bittony responded to the call of a possible arson at about 1 am at 7 Red Rock Drive. When he got there, he talked to fire personnel who said the fire started from the outside. He noticed a pile of tires and trash stacked up against a corner of the building.

Steven Becenti, the owner of the house, said he saw the tires lying flat on the ground and not stacked. He said this appeared to be suspicious.

He said he was away when the fire started. No one was in the house when the fire started. No injuries were reported. The police report...

Public Safety

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Front end of car involved in a crash Dec. 6 at 10:20 am. Airbags were deployed all around inside the pickup which hit the tractor-trailerin the rear trailer while both were traveling east on Interstate 40, near the Exit 20 offramp. The driver of the pickup said he did not know what or how the crash occurred. He was taken to RMCH for treatment of  injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer did not complain of any injuries.  The condition of the pickup driver is not known. Photo Credit: GPD


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Frances Shorty

Oct. 11, 6:09 pm

Aggravated DWI (first offense)

Gallup Patrolman Julio Yazzie was on regular patrol along Highway 66 when he saw a car speeding.

He started following the vehicle and as he was getting ready to make a traffic stop, he said he saw the vehicle strike a curb and almost hit a street lamp. When he stopped the vehicle and talked to the driver, Frances Shorty, 23, of Churchrock, she admitted she was intoxicated and had drank a can of beer.

She agreed to do the standard field sobriety tests and while she was doing them, she continually said she only had a few beers before driving. She failed the tests and was arrested for DWI.

Later, she agreed to do a...

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