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Chinle man stabs girlfriend in stomach, neck

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A Chinle man is facing aggravated battery charges after reportedly holding a knife to his girlfriend’s throat in the bushes near a Walmart.

Gallup Patrolman Douglas Hoffman was dispatched to the Walmart area about 3:44 pm Feb. 21 in connection with a report that a domestic dispute involving weapons was currently...

No charges yet in dispute between Gallup officer and wife

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The wife of a Gallup police officer was questioned Feb. 27 after she had a confrontation with her husband in the police department parking lot and reportedly slapped him.

Because a Gallup policeman was involved, the report was taken by a deputy for the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, Lorenzo Guerrero.

The incident occurred just after midnight. Guerrero arrived there about 1 am and he talked to a Gallup police officer who said he was going into the police station when he heard a female in the parking lot yelling.

When he went to investigate, he found Colton Lee and his wife, Kayla, standing next to a police patrol unit. He separated them.

When Guerrero arrived on the scene, he...

Weekly Police Activity Report

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Struck by car

2/26, Grants

A McKinley County man was taken to the hospital Feb. 26 after he was struck by a car as he was walking along the road.

Juan Garcia, 52, was transported to the hospital in Grants with head injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, McLane Antone, said he was driving southbound on Highway 371 about 9:21 pm near the six-mile marker when he saw Garcia walking alongside the road.  He said he had just dimmed his headlights because of an oncoming vehicle when he saw the pedestrian and tried to avoid hitting him.

Garcia was hit, however, by the vehicle’s side passenger window. Antone said he immediately stopped his vehicle and went back to check on the pedestrian...


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Staff Reports

Tyler Thomas Begay

Feb. 21, 5:18 am


Gallup Police Department Officer Victor Madrid was dispatched to 3016 Belle Dr. after another officer reported a man throwing rocks at houses. Madrid encountered Begay, 25, at the scene, who was sitting in the driver seat of his car and appeared intoxicated, according to the police report. Begay admitted to drinking “three shots a while ago at the movies,” according to Madrid’s report. The officer could smell alcohol coming off of the man.

Madrid had Begay participate in field sobriety testing, in which he showed signs of intoxication. Madrid asked Begay if he had only had the shots to drink, and Begay then...

WANTED: Area woman for vehicle theft, larceny charges

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The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Khadjha Keams, 22, after a bench warrant was issued for her arrest.

Keams had been arrested on Aug. 28, 2017 on charges of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and two counts of larceny. A resident of Window Rock, Ariz., Keams may be on the Navajo Reservation.

If she is found on reservation land, the Navajo Nation has already approved extradition, according to the sheriff’s office.

Keams had been facing aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge back in October, 2016 but court records said this case was discharged two months later.

Anyone with information about Keams’ whereabouts can call sheriff chief investigator Merle...

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