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Dead body found off Second Street

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Report: Dead man choked to death

By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

A dead body discovered off Second Street and not far from Sundance Dental isn’t the result of a homicide, but is something that is related to choking and drinking, according to a police report.

On July 7 at 3:15 pm, Officer Dwayne Holder of the Gallup...

Zuni Pueblo man sentenced to 20 years

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Co-Defendant sentenced earlier in the week to 17 years in prison

ALBUQUERQUE – Dusty Chavez, 23, a member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 248 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on a second-degree murder charge.  Chavez’s co-defendant, Douglas Burt, 20, also a member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, was sentenced to 17 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release on July 12.

Chavez and Burt were arrested in Nov. 2014, on a criminal complaint charging them with murdering a man on Oct. 28, 2014, in the Zuni Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M.  Chavez and...

Officials ID body found near recreational area

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Investigation continuing, official says

The body of a man found dead north of Hassler Valley Road and not far from ATV Motorcross road has been identified as Sergio Perez-Prieto, 41.

“We have an ID on the body,” Anthony Ashley, an investigator with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, said. “The investigation is still open.”

The death was ruled a homicide.

Ashley said Perez-Prieto was reported missing by family members on July 4, when he left a barbecue in the Red Hills area to take a friend home. The friend was dropped off on East Hill Avenue at around 8 pm, and that’s the last Perez-Prieto was seen.

Perez-Prieto’s car was discovered July 5 in the parking lot of the...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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7/11, GALLUP

GPD Officer Anthony Seciwa responded to the American Heritage Plaza in reference to a drunk man yelling obscenities at customers. The man was reported to be in the area of Safeway at 980 U.S. 491.

Seciwa found Wilbert Hardy, 56, in front of Wise Pies Pizza at 820 U.S. 491.

“I didn’t do s--t!” Hardy said, and yelled other obscenities at Seciwa, but “was otherwise compliant,” according to the report. However, when Seciwa opened the door of his vehicle, Hardy attempted to punch the officer’s face. Seciwa pinned Hardy against his unit, but was struck, several times in the head. Hardy also grabbed Seciwa’s throat and...


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The legal limit is .08.

Herman Jim

June 30, 1:24 am

5th DWI, felony

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office DWI Task Force Supervisor Tammy Houghtaling arrived at the five-mile marker on Hwy 265 in Blackhat in response to a request for backup by Deputy Josie Bowman. Bowman had arrived on scene to find a red Chevy Silverado in the ditch with its lights on and still in drive.

Jim, 42, was asleep in the driver’s seat. Houghtaling woke him and could smell alcohol on his breath. Jim’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. When he exited the truck he was unsteady, and he refused field sobriety tests. Jim blew .24 and .25 during breath testing.

Enrique Gonzales

June 28, 7:11...

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