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Gallup, June 28

Gallup Police Officer Richard Rangel said he was on patrol on U.S. Highway 66 when he noticed a car traveling with its headlights off. He began to follow the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near 1310 E. Hwy. 66.

He talked to the driver, Nicholas Scott, 28, of White...

Brush fire sparks near trailer park

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As part of what Fire Lieutenant Andres Campos called a busy time, the Gallup Fire Department was called to the site of Black Diamond Mobile Home Park, 319 E. Wilson Ave. on July 22.

Campos said the call came into the fire station about 4:38 pm that day, and he estimates the fire had started within 10 minutes of the call being placed.

“We did see black smoke rising when we arrived at the scene,” Campos said. “But it ended up being some brush [that caught fire], so we put it out using hand tools.”

There were no injuries and no structure damage was reported.

By Cody Begaye
Sun Correspondent


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Kalani Charley

July 14, 10:44 pm

Aggravated DWI

McKinley County Deputy Terence Willie said he was dispatched to County Road 1 to investigate a car crash. When he got there, he found Kalani Charley, 21, of Gallup, standing by his vehicle next to his mother, who had come to the scene after her son had called her.

Charley’s girlfriend was seated in the car. Willie said he noticed that Charley showed signs of being intoxicated and asked if he had been drinking. He said no, but admitted to taking drugs earlier in the morning.

He agreed to take the standard field sobriety tests and failed, having a hard time keeping his balance. He was arrested for DWI.

Willie then talked to...

FBI announces $25,000 award for help in homicide case

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Part of expansion of Operation Legend

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the individual(s) responsible for the homicide of Jacqueline Vigil.

Vigil, who was 55 years old at the time of her death, was the mother of two New Mexico State Police Officers.

She was fatally shot in her driveway in Albuquerque, while in her 2006 Cadillac sedan on Nov. 19, 2019. Vigil was reportedly about to go to the gym.

On Nov. 27, 2019, police located and recovered a Jeep they believe was involved in the homicide.

This case was discussed on July 22 during a White House news conference to announce the expansion of Operation Legend...


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Ronald Begay

July 3, 3:37 pm

Aggravated DWI

McKinley County Sheriff’s Sergeant Tammy Houghtaling was on patrol near U.S. Highway 264 when she was advised of a call for service for a vehicle that had left Sagebrush Liquors.

Houghtaling saw the truck as it traveled east and she began following it. They passed the Ya-ta-hey Family Dollar store and continued southbound on the highway. The suspect vehicle swerved between lanes and abruptly stopped, at which point Houghtaling made contact with the driver, Ronald Begay, 54, of Flagstaff, Ariz. She noted he had a smell of alcohol on his breath and bloodshot eyes.

Begay placed his hands on the back of his pickup and kept saying “I...

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