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Shots fired call turns out to be a false alarm

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State Police bring in helicopter to find shooter

Reports of teenagers firing guns as target practice north of Gallup Feb. 11 attracted the attention of both Gallup police and McKinley County deputies as well as the State Police.

The first calls came in about 10 am from employees of the Magic Car Wash.

When Gallup...

Navajo Police Department apprehends federal warrant homicide suspect

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NAVAJO, N.M. – The Navajo Police Department apprehended a federal warrant homicide suspect late Wednesday night after an extensive foot search in Navajo.  The search resulted in the arrest of four, including Jeremiah Cleveland, who is the subject of an outstanding federal warrant issued in December 2018 for homicide.

The Navajo Police Department received a call Wednesday afternoon regarding a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was located, however the suspects eluded the officers’ attempts to stop it.
Officers gave chase into Roanhorse Canyon, approximately 5 miles south of Navajo. The suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot in multiple directions.

The Navajo Police began...

Washington Federal Bank robbery suspect ID'd

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Police are seeking the public's help in locating the suspect

UPDATE: Richard Johns Jr., 46, has been identified as the man who allegedly robbed Washington Federal Bank Tuesday afternoon. Johns whereabouts are unknown at this time, possible locations are motels on the west side. Please do not approach, call police.

Shortly after 12:30 pm today, Gallup Police responded to a hold up alarm at Washington Federal Bank , 221 W. Aztec Ave. The robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is described as a male, possibly Native American, wearing a black beanie, black jacket and black pants. The suspect left south bound from the location. If you have information, please call...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Gallup, Feb. 2

A hit and run accident Feb. 2 resulted in the recovery of a stolen vehicle but no thief.

According to a McKinley County Sheriff report, April John, 30, of Shiprock, was headed south on New Mexico Highway 698 when her vehicle was struck at the Jefferson Street intersection by a car that went through a red light and then sped away.

The vehicle was found a little later on the 600 block of Maloney Avenue but the driver was nowhere to be seen.

When deputies checked the vehicle, they found it had been reported as stolen out of Window Rock. The license plates were also found to have been stolen from another vehicle.

The stolen vehicle had moderate...

Kayenta man convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon; simple assault

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PHOENIX – On Feb. 1, 2019, Silas Deswood Yazzie, 52, of Kayenta, Ariz, a member of the Navajo Nation, was convicted by a jury of assault with a dangerous weapon and simple assault.

Yazzie is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan in April.

On two separate occasions, Yazzie assaulted unsuspecting victims with a knife. Yazzie sought out the first victim in early June 2018, when he grabbed a knife and swung it at the victim’s stomach after saying he would “teach him a lesson.”

The victim had to take a step back to avoid being stabbed. Less than two weeks later, while loitering at a gas station, Yazzie approached the second victim, and demanded...

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