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Wandering man with gun charged after drug episode

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MCSO deputies Johnson Lee and Roxanne Slim were dispatched to 1267B Highway 122 March 9 over reports of a man who had fired a gun. The report to officers advised that the suspect was yelling and driving in his CMV truck, and it was unclear whether or not he was under the influence of drugs.

As the two were on their way to...


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Johansen Keeto

March 3, 4:59 pm

1st DWI

Gallup Police Department Officer Norman Bowman stopped a car on U.S. Highway 491 and Coal Basin Road after hearing reports of a drunk driver in that area. GPD Officer Francie Martinez arrived shortly after to assist in the investigation, after the driver, Keeto, 24, admitted to Bowman that he had been drinking.

Keeto told Martinez he had consumed two cans of beer before driving, according to the police report. Martinez could smell alcohol coming off of Keeto, and wrote that he had “glossy red blood-shot eyes” on his report. Keeto performed field sobriety tests for Martinez, and showed signs of intoxication throughout. Keeto...

Coach Wes Shank leaving Miyamura for Valencia

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With a record that consists of more wins than losses, Miyamura High School Athletic Director Linda Anderson knew head football coach Wes Shank would get “looks” from schools near and far away from the Indian Capital.

That notion proved true over the past few months with Shank accepting a head coaching job with Valencia High school — a school looking to capitalize on Shank’s proven record of accomplishment.

Shank leaves the Miyamura athletic department in May. A replacement hasn’t yet been named.

“I just felt it was time to go,” Shank, 48, said. “My primary reason is I’m looking for another challenge. I’m looking to meet new people and just take on bigger...

Udall, Heinrich push for funding to combat opioid crisis

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich urged Senate leaders March 14 to prioritize robust, direct funding to tribal communities to address the ongoing opioid epidemic in Native American communities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest overdose death rates of any group in 2015 and the largest percentage change in the number of opioid-related deaths over time.

In a letter sent to the leadership of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Udall, Heinrich, and a group of Senate Democrats pointed to the steep increase in opioid overdoses on...

Teen shot in critical condition

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Staff report

A 14-year-old Gallup boy was in critical condition at a Gallup hospital Monday afternoon after being shot in the stomach in what Gallup Police say is connected to the theft of a crossbow last Wednesday.

The name of the juvenile has not been released since he is a suspect in the theft of the crossbow. The name of the suspect in the shooting also has not been released because he has not been charged as of 6 pm Monday.

Gallup Police Captain Marinda Spencer did say, however, that the shooting and the burglary are connected.

What we know at this time is that police were dispatched to a house on Parmelee Street about 7 pm Wednesday in connection to a report of a stolen...

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