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Woman sentenced for stealing from elderly

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Stole thousands from dementia patients

ALBUQUERQUE –Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Leanne Bennett was sentenced to one and a half years in the department of corrections Dec. 6 for stealing from elderly patients who suffered from dementia.

The Office of the Attorney General secured 11 felony convictions...

MCSO warns of warrant-money scam

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The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning to area residents about a scam. The scam entailed an individual who claimed he was a police officer and demanded money to clear up outstanding warrants he claimed the victim had.

At least one person in the area fell for the scam and local law enforcement officials are hoping anyone who receives such a phone call will get in touch immediately with either the Sheriff’s Office or the Gallup Police Department.

MCSO first learned of the scam Nov. 17, when a man reported he had been the victim of a scam.

The man, who was not identified, said it all began with a phone call from a man who claimed he was “Detective...

Two men charged in I-40 death case

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Victim’s co-workers booked for tampering with evidence, homicide

As a New Mexico Department of Transportation road crew worked along the I-40 corridor the afternoon of Nov. 20, with the scenic Hogbacks in the backdrop, they stumbled upon a grisly discovery near the highway shoulder.

Close to mile-marker 24, south of the eastbound lanes, laid the body of man, who has been identified as Gary Bennett, 46, of Pinedale, N.M.

Gallup Police Department officers arrived at the scene shortly after 1 pm, and diverted traffic to Highway 66 as detectives combed the scene looking for clues into the man’s death, which they deemed suspicious.

Around 6:30 pm the same day, the GPD received an...

Sobriety checkpoints held across state

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NMSP TO HEIGHTEN patrols throughout December

New Mexico State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all state counties during the month of December.

“We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising,” a Nov. 27 press release states. “These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.”


State Police aim to reduce crashes, increase safety

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Thanksgiving C.A.R.E operation results in more than 300 citations

During the Thanksgiving holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort operation across all roadways within the state.

The goal of the traffic initiative is that a strong law enforcement presence will have a direct effect on the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday weekend, and reduce the number of crashes and increase motorist safety as a result.

The NMSP provided an increased patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts. Because of the increased volume of traffic during the holiday, police conducted high-intensity...

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