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Child molester arrested; bonds out

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A Gallup man accused of child molestation was jailed May 11 and bonded out just hours later, officials said.

Carlos Juarez, 41, was taken into custody by the Gallup Police Department on two counts of sexual penetration on a child under the age of 13.

Already on probation for an earlier and similar charge, Juarez was...

West Side Conoco robbery thwarted

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One suspect carried nun chucks

Darwin Butte and Raymond Martin remained jailed May 18 at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on attempted robbery charges, officials said.

The two were apprehended by officers with the Gallup Police Department after an attempt to steal beer from the Conoco gas station and convenience store at 3302 W. Historic Highway 66.

Both possess prior criminal records, particularly Martin who has a criminal history dating back to February of 2014. Both Butte and Martin are jailed at the detention facility on individual $5,000 bail bonds, Jail Warden Steve Silversmith said.

Gallup Police Officer Philamena Chischilly wrote in a report that at about 12:09...


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Staff Reports

The legal limit is .08.

Mark Lee

May 14, 11:39 pm

4th DWI, Aggravated

Lee caught Gallup Police Department Officer Dominic Molina’s attention at the intersection of Marguerite and Hwy 66 while driving with no headlights. Molina followed Lee down east Hwy 66, and when he activated his emergency lights, Molina kept driving, but pulled into the Super 8 Motel parking lot, striking the curb.

After a short parking lot pursuit, Lee, 29, jumped out of his car and started running. Molina caught up with him a short time later and placed him in handcuffs. Lee showed all the signs of intoxication, and was incoherent. He refused to take all the required tests, so...

FBI Releases 2015 Preliminary Stats for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

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Preliminary statistics released on May 16 by the FBI show that 41 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2015. This is a decrease of almost 20 percent when compared with the 51 officers killed in 2014. By region, 19 officers died as a result of criminal acts that occurred in the South, nine officers in the West, five officers in the Midwest, four in the Northeast, and four in Puerto Rico.

By circumstance, eight officers were investigating suspicious persons/circumstances; seven were engaged in tactical situations; six officers were conducting traffic pursuits/stops; four were killed as a result of ambushes (entrapment/premeditation); three officers were...

Wade Rodriguez jailed on $3K cash only bond

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Meth, pipes, scale seized in traffic stop

One of the Gallup men arrested May 3 after a routine traffic stop led to drug trafficking and possession charges, remained jailed this week at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, a jail official said.

Wade Rodriguez, 23, was jailed on a $3,000 cash only bond, Jail Warden Steve Silversmith confirmed.

Rodriguez and Aaron Gonzales, 26, were stopped at about 10:16 pm by Deputy Johnson Lee of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office. Rodriguez was charged with trafficking a controlled substance and with the possession, delivery or manufacturing of drug paraphernalia.

Gonzales, the driver of the white Nissan Versa the two were riding in, was...

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