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Microtel Inn intruder gets day in court

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A Mentmore man who broke in to a local motel and made himself at home in a first-floor room received a suspended sentence on the matter, according to a court outcome.

Eric Begaye, 23, went before 11th Judicial Court Judge Robert Aragon Sept. 22 and pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

Begaye was initially arrested on Dec...


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Cheyanna M. Thompson

Sept. 23, 2:48 am

DWI, Aggravated

GPD Officer Harland Soseeah was dispatched to the intersection of Nizhoni Boulevard and South Second Street in reference to a white vehicle that had been parked in the intersection for more than 40 minutes. A female was passed out inside, with the engine running.

Soseeah put stop sticks in front of the tires, and began to wake up the female driver. As Soseeah told Thompson, 21, to open her door, she began rolling forward, running over the stop sticks. The car hit a curb, blew a tire, and went toward a ditch. It then drove through the bushes next to the ATM at 1801 S. Second St., returned to Nizhoni...

Gamerco man jailed on robbery, battery, tampering charges

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Victim reportedly stabbed 19 times

A Gamerco man remained in jail at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center Sept. 23 on a $15,000 cash-only bond after being charged with robbery, aggravated battery, and tampering with evidence, according to an arrest warrant.

Troy Pinto, 43, is the primary suspect in the Sept. 17 stabbing of Elbert Smith at a location behind Home Depot at 530 Kachina St.

Smith told Gallup Police Department detectives that he’d been drinking at the Home Depot location with two males and a female. Each was Native American, according to the warrant.

Smith said the two males jumped him and stole his wallet, cell phone, clothes, and $14 in cash.

The arrest warrant...


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Bennie R. Tennison

Sept. 22, 6 pm

8th DWI

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai Jr. initiated a traffic stop on a brown GMC pickup heading southbound on N.M. 692 at the 17-mile marker. The vehicle had been reported for nearly colliding with other vehicles at El Sabino Package Liquors, 1863 N.M. 602.

Tennison, 76, nearly rear-ended another vehicle when he came to an abrupt stop. He got out of the car and began walking toward Tsethlikai’s vehicle. Tsethlikai yelled and commanded him to get back in his car.

Tennison smelled of alcohol and had red, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He seemed nervous and claimed he hadn’t had much...

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9/24, GALLUP

Around 5 pm, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Salina Brown was dispatched to the Gallup Flea Market at 340 Ninth St. in reference to a male who’d been hit by a baseball bat and needed medical attention.

According to her report, at the scene, Brown found two security guards and a man with a “golf ball size knot to the middle of his forehead, busted lip, swelling and bruising to his facial area,” near the train.

The injured subject said he was walking home — south of the flea market, on the east side of the railroad tracks by an abandoned shack, according to a report — when he was attacked by three unknown males with a miniature...

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