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Jodelle Bitloy

June 16, 12:06 am

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Lt. Francie Martinez was on regular patrol when he observed a vehicle without its headlights on at night.

Martinez began following the vehicle and observed it running through two red lights and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was identified...

Train tanker carrying hydrochloric acid derails in west Gallup

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Hazmat crews cleanup the smelly mess

On June 2, Gallup Police Department received a call about a lone derailed tanker leaking hydrochloric acid, east of Virgie’s Restaurant on Highway 66.

Gallup Police Lt. Erin Toadlena-Pablo said the call came in at about 4:48 pm, and a hazmat crew from Belen was tasked with cleaning up the area.

Roads in the immediate area were closed, and eastbound trains were backed up for miles.

Westerly winds were favorable in helping to dissipate the noxious fumes. BNSF officials took over the scene after police secured the area. Toadlena-Pablo said she hasn’t received any updates from BNSF officials on what caused one tanker to derail from the tracks...

Former Sun cops reporter found deceased in home

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The Gallup Police Department is investigating the death of two individuals who were found dead this past weekend at 613 West Hill Ave.

They have been identified as Richard Boss, 62, address unknown, and Naomi Chan, 38, of Gallup.

Chan worked as a police reporter for the Gallup Sun for a brief period in 2017. She had moved to the area from Washington state, and was an aspiring writer.

Medical personnel and police detectives were called to the scene about 12:23 pm June 30. Police said the bodies were found by a caretaker who came by the house.

When police inspected the home, they found that Chan had died some time after Boss, but no information has been made public as to the reason for...

Two bodies discovered at Hill Avenue residence

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Gallup Police Department responded to 600 block of West Hill Avenue, in reference to a deceased person discovered at a residence shortly after noon June 30.Gallup Police Detectives and the Office of the Medical Investigator were called to the scene. While examining the scene, detectives located another deceased body at the home. Detectives ceased their investigation to apply for a search warrant. Once a search warrant was obtained, Detectives and OMI continued their investigation. The second body appeared to have been deceased for a length of time when compared to the first body located. The State Police Crime Scene Unit out of Las Cruces assisted with processing the crime scene...

DWI suspect crashes into residence

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Gallup Police have arrested a man after he reportedly crashed into a house on Mazon Avenue and Patton Drive in Gallup June 29.


The suspect, Kintuck Howard, was charged with his second DWI and for failure to give immediate notice of accident.


Gallup Police Captain Marinda Spencer said police were responding to a call in the Mossman area about a man who was driving carelessly.


A pursuit began and was cancelled because the driver was going through residential areas and there was a fear that someone could be hurt.


A little later, police were called to a house on Mazon Avenue where someone had crashed into the west wall of the building. The man fled the scene but was later...

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