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FBI investigating homicide of Navajo man

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UPDATE: Roger Johnson, 69, of Yah-Ta-Hey, New Mexico, has been positively identified as the victim of a homicide.

His body was discovered on February 27 on the Isleta Pueblo.

The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anybody with information is asked to call the FBI (505)...

Suspected gun thief dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

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UPDATE: The man suspected of stealing a revolver from Ted's Pawn this morning has died. GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said police found the pickup truck matching the description parked at American Heritage Plaza. Police initiated a traffic stop, but the suspect ignored police commands to exit the vehicle.

"The next thing they hear is a gunshot," she said.

Paramedics arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene. The name of man is being withheld until the next of kin is notified.

This is a developing story.



5’ 05”, 160 LBS and Brown eyes

(Suspect pictured in the red pull-over)

Today, shortly after 10 am, an unknown Native...

New Mexico State Police investigation leads to conviction in McKinley County DWI vehicular homicide case

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Staff Reports

On May 1, 2017, a tragic rollover crash happened on NM State Road 118 in Gallup. Two adults were killed and three children were seriously injured. The driver of the vehicle, Elijah King, was suspected of being drunk at the time of the crash. King was detained at the scene; however, he claimed another man was driving.

New Mexico State Police officers in Gallup responded and conducted an extensive investigation. Their efforts produced solid evidence showing that King was driving drunk at the time of the crash. This evidence later led to King's conviction.

Immediately after the crash, NMSP officers obtained a blood draw from King, took pictures of his injuries, obtained some...

Bounty hunters catch fraud crooks in Gallup

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The search for the two fugitives wanted for credit card fraud began on Feb. 23 with a phone call from Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Duane Chapman, who is better known as Dog because of his popular cable television program of that name, had called Alex Wooten for help in finding Jeffery Rees, 34, of Honolulu, and Joshua Kingsley, 33, of Waipahu, Hawaii.

Wooten and his wife Hermicia started a branch of the Gerald Madrid Bail Bond Company in Gallup about two years ago, and besides tracking down people who skipped out on bail in the area, Wooten has also done some bounty hunting and helped track fugitives being sought by other bail bondsmen.

Chapman had tracked the two from Las Vegas to...

Police chief loses dispute suit against city

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District Court Judge Robert Aragon ruled in favor of the city of Gallup in the city’s dispute with Gallup Police Chief Phillip Hart over use of community service aides to pick up drunks.

Aragon held a day-long bench trial on the issue Feb. 28 rejecting Hart’s interpretation of state laws dealing with placing intoxicated persons in detox centers like NCI.

Hart has been fighting with the city since last summer over this issue, claiming that state law requires a certified police officer or a doctor to sign someone in to a detox center. He argued that community service aides don’t have that authority.

The city, however, argued that under state law community service aides are...

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