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A body found behind Duke City has been identified as Floyd Becenti, 54, of Coyote Canyon. The cause of his death is pending an autopsy and toxicology reports, but upon initial investigation, Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said that no foul play is suspected. He said that Becenti...


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Renus E. Barker

Jan. 19, 5:13 pm

7th DWI

Already on the District Attorney’s DWI felony list, Barker decided that six DWIs weren’t enough. MCSO Sgt. Eric Jim witnessed Barker pull into the Trademark plaza off South Second Street “at a high rate of speed,” according to the report. Barker, 29, also drove in circles around the Teriyaki House restaurant at a high rate of speed.

That prompted Jim to pull him over. Barker appeared intoxicated and struggled with field sobriety tests. Jim was able to secure a search warrant for a blood draw, but the results are still pending.

Randall R. Chee

Jan. 13, 6: 10 pm

2nd DWI, Aggravated

Chee, 20, is not even of legal...

Volunteer firefighter dies from injuries sustained during hit and run

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Ramsey James, 24, of Window Rock died Thursday evening at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque from injuries sustained during an alleged hit and run Feb. 6. Cameron Smith, 18, of Gallup reportedly hit Smith with his black Ford pickup truck and fled the scene.

While on patrol, at about 1 am, Gallup Police Department Officer Timothy Hughte found the critically injured James in the middle of the road, across from El Charrito Restaurant, 2003 W. Highway 66.

Hughte said James had sustained serious head trauma and a leg injury.

While on scene, police received a message that one of Smith’s parents had called and said that he was involved in the accident and had been...

City Council: 11 items covered in less than an hour

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It wasn’t as if the City Council rushed through the 11 items on the agenda Feb. 9. Much the opposite was true as they considered each item thoroughly.

There were six resolutions to consider, but three of them tied in to each other on the naming of a new park and the acceptance of two legislative appropriations for that development.

The new park will be in the vacant lot south of Rocky View Elementary and will be named “Oliva Park at Basilio Drive” in accordance with the preference of Joe and Christine DiGregorio, who donated the land.

Although funds for the completed construction are still short approximately $85,000, even after these two appropriations combined of $160,000, it...

Former Gallup Community Pantry director dies. Memorial service set for Feb. 20

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Gallup lost a pillar of the community when Tim Kelley, a former executive director for the Jim Harlin Community Pantry, died Jan. 23 in Spokane, Wash.

Jessica Church, Kelley’s daughter, said Kelley, 68, suffered from COPD and congestive heart failure and died as a result of complications from both. COPD stands for chronic constructive pulmonary disease, a progressive illness that makes breathing difficult.

A memorial service for Kelley is scheduled for Feb. 20 from 10 am - 12 pm at the Gallup Community Center along Bataan Veterans Road near the Community Pantry.

Church said Kelley lived in Gallup up until November 2015 and moved to the state of Washington due to the severity of the...

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