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San Juan County AG takes lead on Muñoz petition investigation

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Adams, Muñoz, Johnson engaged in District 4 state Senate race

Kurtis Donisthorpe, the assistant district attorney in San Juan County, told Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, in an April 5 memorandum that “…the Office of the District Attorney has received your request for an investigation regarding potential voter...

GPD officer arrested at Shalimar Lounge in apparent domestic dispute

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Carmelita James is a four-year police vet; internal hearing set for May 2

An April 23 fight at a local night spot involving an off duty Gallup police officer ended with assault on a peace officer and resisting, evading and obstruction charges, according to a police report.

An internal investigation hearing on the matter is scheduled to go before Acting Gallup Police Chief Franklin Boyd on Monday. The outcome of that hearing could determine whether Carmelita James remains a police employee, Deputy Police Chief John Allen said.

Allen noted that a formal notice-to-terminate has already been sent to James. Allen said the hearing would be between Boyd and James, saying having others...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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A source close to the Sun says that Steve Coleman, a local proprietor and former Gallup Police Department officer, is facing five to 15 years in prison. He has two cases – one in federal court and one at the district court level. It stems largely from when Coleman was arrested Jan. 21 from shooting a neighbor’s trespassing dog, mushrooming into a full-blown investigation.

To explain, Coleman is a registered felon and not permitted to possess firearms. According to the affidavit for a search warrant, issued April 26, 11th Judicial District Attorney Chief Investigator Richard Malone made some disturbing connections to the firearms and Indian...

City: Curb and gutter improvements just around the corner

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Each council district to be treated ‘equally’

About $1.5 million is budgeted for curb and gutter improvements at various areas around the city and it’s a matter of time before a project start date kicks in, officials said. The final cost of the improvements hasn’t been etched in stone, so that amount could end up a bit higher after workshops and council meetings within the next few weeks, Gallup Public Works Director Stan Henderson noted.

“It involves budgeting and planning,” Henderson said of the project. “I anticipate that we’ll have a final plan soon.”

Henderson said the project is something that’s been listed on the city’s Infrastructure Capital Improvement...


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Ben Lynch

April 14, 7:33 pm

6th DWI, Aggravated

As an officer was transporting “subject(s)” he took notice of Lynch’s silver truck that had drove onto the sidewalk at Miyamura Park. The officer called it in, and Gallup Police Department Det. Mark Spencer caught up with Lynch as he passed over the Miyamura bridge.

Once pulled over, Lynch admitted to drinking, according to the report, but refused to take the field sobriety tests. He also refused to give a blood sample. Other officers searched the truck and found open cans of Coors Light. Meanwhile, Spencer had learned that Lynch, 52, was on the DA’s felony DWI list.

Although Lynch refused to give a blood...

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