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Gas Max fire still under investigation

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McKinley County officials said Aug. 9 that they still do not know the cause of a fire that razed two large structures near the Gas Max business on U.S. Highway 491, north of Gallup last week

County Attorney Doug Decker said the county is still waiting for a report from the state fire marshal’s office which is...

Man found dead with stab wounds ID’d

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Gallup Police Department detectives identified the Native American man found dead on the west side of Silvermine Manufacturing, 303 E. Highway 66 on Aug. 8, as Nelson Thompson, 66 of Lower Greasewood, Ariz.

He was homeless, GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said.

As a result of his injuries, police are asking for the public’s help with any information that may lead to a suspect, and are investigating the case as a homicide. Spencer said detectives are also investigating whether Thompson was assaulted at the scene or dumped there.

An autopsy will be performed, and police are combing the Second Street corridor for clues in to the man’s death.

Contact: Det. Kelvin Akeson (505) 722-2003 or...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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8/5, Thoreau

The Lays Potato Chip bandit hit a Thoreau church the night of Aug. 5.

Alfred Vaughn, the pastor of the Thoreau First Baptist Church, told McKinley County Sheriff deputies that when he came to work on Aug. 6, he found the power to the church cut off and an east side door that had been pried open.

A search of the building found that the only thing that was missing was two boxes containing 60 packs each of Lays potato chips.

No suspects have been identified.


8/4, Gallup

Gallup Patrolman Clyde Kleeberger was dispatched about 7 pm, Aug. 4 to the Courthouse Square because of a report of an intoxicated person...


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Charlynn Begay

Aug. 3, 4:35 pm

Aggravated DWI

On Aug. 3, Josie Bowman, a deputy with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a rolling domestic or a domestic violence case that occurred in a moving vehicle.

He was dispatched to the Indian Village Inn on State Highway 122 and had no problem finding the car in question.

The vehicle pulled to the side of the road and the driver, Charlynn Begay 34, of Smith Lake, got out and started walking to his unit. The right side of her face was red and she had a bump on her right temple.

She told Bowman that she and her husband, Mitchell Begay, 47, of Gallup had gone to Indian Village shopping when they got in an argument...

Missing and Murdered Relative Rally

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Shiprock, N.M. August 4, 2018

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