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As a Thoreau firefighter was fueling one of his trucks, he noticed two men fighting north of the Giant gas station. Lt. Nicholas Cloud told MCSO Deputy Gabrielle Puhuyesva that he honked his siren to break up the fight, which worked. One of the men approached Cloud...


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The legal limit is .08.

Christopher Bitsilly

June 18, 5:45 pm

3rd DWI, Aggravated

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Eric Jim headed south on US 491 in response to a potential drunk driver in a gold GMC Sierra. Jim noticed the vehicle heading northbound, trailed by a Forest Service vehicle, which flashed its lights at Jim, near the 2-mile marker. The suspect driver continued to drive for about a mile after Jim turned on his lights and siren; he stopped near the 4-mile marker.

The driver, Bitsilly, 39, had red, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. When asked if he had anything to drink, he responded, “Just this one,” as he held up an open can of Coors Light...

Knights Inn robbed

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Lone robber brandished a pistol

The lone robber of a west side hotel remains on the lam following a June 21 robbery of the Knights Inn & Suites at 3208 W. Historic Hwy 66.

Gallup Police Officer Charles Steele recorded in a report that at about 12:51 am, a male, possibly Native American and wearing a zip-up black hoodie, black sunglasses, and a red bandana, told a desk clerk at the hotel to “give me the money.”

Steele noted that the clerk on duty stated that the robber entered through a west-side door of the two-story building. The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

“The suspect walked around the corner to the front counter and showed the clerk the gun in his...

Houck man jailed on rape charge

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Victim was 15-years-old

A Houck, Ariz., man remained jailed June 22 on criminal sexual penetration and kidnapping charges, according to an affidavit for arrest warrant. The alleged incident took place on the west side of Gallup at a truck stop and a motel, records state.

Derek Avery, 32, was taken into custody June 21 on a sex charge that took place in October 2015, the affidavit states. Avery is charged with picking up a 15-year-old girl at the Love’s travel stop and then taking her to a nearby motel, where he sexually assaulted her various times, records show.

McKinley County Adult Detention Center Warden Steve Silversmith said Avery is being held on a $10,000 bond. He was still...

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6/19, GALLUP

Gallup Police Officers Chaz Troncoso and D. Johnson were dispatched to Dani Dr., Apt. D-30, regarding a possible drunken fight among household members. Upon their arrival, a woman with a scratch on her face, blood on her shirt, and a baby in her arms came outside. The woman pointed out a male, Ardale Chiquito, 27, and claimed he attacked her.

According to the police report, Chiquito is the father of her eldest son and her ex-boyfriend. While at her house, he began to argue with her, so she told him to go to bed. The victim went into a separate bedroom to be with her four-month-old child (not the child of Chiquito), and Chiquito...

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