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Former bail bondsman busted for trafficking

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A five month long, joint investigation between McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI resulted in the arrest of former bail bondsman Billie Cotton.

MCSO lead narcotics investigator Pat Salazar said the the arrest and search warrants were served at Cotton’s home on 404 Zane St. at 6:45 am Oct. 12.

“We found six...

NMSP vehicle struck by wrong-way DWI driver

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GRANTS — On October 13, 2015 around 7 pm, Motor Transportation Bureau Officer Oscar Destea was working a vehicle crash on Interstate 40 at milepost 95 westbound. During this time, the New Mexico State Police dispatch received a call reporting a wrong-way driver traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 near milepost 91.

Cibola County Sheriff deputies located the vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle but the vehicle continued eastbound in the westbound lanes approaching the crash where Officer Destea was located.  As the wrong-way driver continued, the vehicle subsequently struck Officer Destea’s unoccupied police vehicle.

The driver, identified as Todd H...

FBI Media Alert: Woman robs bank in Aztec

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A woman wearing a large white sun hat and sunglasses robbed the Four Corners Community Bank in Aztec Oct. 9.

The suspect is described a Hispanic female, approximately 40-45 years old, about 5’0” tall, with a medium build.

She wore a large white sun hat, sunglasses, a long-sleeved navy blue sweatshirt, and white pants.

Witnesses said the suspect at approximately 11:45 a.m. entered the bank located at 1301 W. Aztec Blvd. and gave a teller a note demanding money.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who left the bank.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the FBI at 505-889-1300.

Tips also can be submitted online at...

Local parents charged with child abuse

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Alcohol a contributing factor

For Daniel and Yvonne Mecale, bottles and cans of alcohol seem to dominate the décor in their home at 1999 Western Skies Road – or at least it did when police were called to their home Oct. 1.

According to the police report, officers were dispatched to check on the welfare of the Mecale’s four daughters by the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department.

Gallup Police Department Officers Timothy Hughte and Harland Soseeah arrived at the home shortly after 9 pm. Aside from immediately taking notice of beer and a few bottles of hard alcohol dotting the scene, along with the stumbling drunk parents, the home was in acceptable condition except...

Man hit by train

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Derrick Mitchell’s attempt to crawl between two railroad cars to make it to the south side of the tracks resulted in him being hit by train traveling about 30 mph.

Gallup Police Department Detective Charles Wommack said shortly after 5 pm on Oct. 5, Mitchell crawled between the two box cars on the farthest northern tracks, but before we could dart across the two remaining tracks, he was hit by an eastbound train, and sustained multiple injuries.

The railroad crossing gates were down on Third Street and Highway 66 during the time of the incident, likely prompting the man to make the hasty move.

Wommack said that Mitchell didn’t recall his daredevil move that could have ended his...

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