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Jodelle Bitloy

June 16, 12:06 am

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Lt. Francie Martinez was on regular patrol when he observed a vehicle without its headlights on at night.

Martinez began following the vehicle and observed it running through two red lights and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was identified...

Train tanker carrying hydrochloric acid derails in west Gallup

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Hazmat crews cleanup the smelly mess

On June 2, Gallup Police Department received a call about a lone derailed tanker leaking hydrochloric acid, east of Virgie’s Restaurant on Highway 66.

Gallup Police Lt. Erin Toadlena-Pablo said the call came in at about 4:48 pm, and a hazmat crew from Belen was tasked with cleaning up the area.

Roads in the immediate area were closed, and eastbound trains were backed up for miles.

Westerly winds were favorable in helping to dissipate the noxious fumes. BNSF officials took over the scene after police secured the area. Toadlena-Pablo said she hasn’t received any updates from BNSF officials on what caused one tanker to derail from the tracks...

Former Sun cops reporter found deceased in home

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The Gallup Police Department is investigating the death of two individuals who were found dead this past weekend at 613 West Hill Ave.

They have been identified as Richard Boss, 62, address unknown, and Naomi Chan, 38, of Gallup.

Chan worked as a police reporter for the Gallup Sun for a brief period in 2017. She had moved to the area from Washington state, and was an aspiring writer.

Medical personnel and police detectives were called to the scene about 12:23 pm June 30. Police said the bodies were found by a caretaker who came by the house.

When police inspected the home, they found that Chan had died some time after Boss, but no information has been made public as to the reason for...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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6/16, Gallup

You meet all kinds of people at motels in Gallup, including people like Euronika Descheny.

Descheny, 26, of Gallup got into an argument on June 16 with the manager of the Zia Motel, 915 East Highway 66 and came out of it being arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal damage to property.

Gallup Patrolman Daniel Brown was dispatched to the motel just after midnight because of a complaint by the owner and manager of the motel, Bilweshkumar Patel. When he got to the motel, Patel appeared to be afraid and the person he was afraid of was Descheny.

Patel told Brown that he found Descheny in one of the rooms and told her she had to...


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Herbert Kee Yazzie

June 6, 3:42 pm

Aggravated DWI

The arrest of Hebert Kee Yazzie, 60, of Ganado was by the book, so to speak.

The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious car, so a deputy was assigned to investigate and Yazzie was seen turning into the T&R feed store lot north of Gallup without using a turn signal.

He admitted to drinking to drinking “some” liquor that night, failed the field sobriety test and was arrested. He agreed to take a breath alcohol test and when the first sample came up with a .21 reading, he refused to take a second.

Deputies also found two open pints of vodka on the driver’s side floorboard so he was also...

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