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Hit and run driver sought

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Two kids taken to hospital in incident

By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

Gallup police remain on the lookout for a vehicle that hit two kids near the intersection of Ford Canyon Drive and East Historic Highway 66, according to a police report.

Gallup Police Officer Chris Molina wrote that on July 9 a grey four-door Dodge...

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 Police Department responded to a report about someone laying on the ground and not breathing. Personnel from the city fire department checked the subject, but found no pulse.

“…informing me that the male subject was deceased and there was the onset of rigor mortis,” Holder wrote in the report as to what medics said.

After scouring the scene for potential...

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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