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Police Activity Report

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Warrant serving seemed to be the order of the week, especially for the Gallup Police Department, while the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office lightened up with only three warrants.

GPD Warrants

Raymond Becenti (parole/probation), Drew Jay Brown (District Court), John Cabrera (District Court), Adrian Dann (Bernalillo...


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Tamatha Joe

9:14 pm, 8.20.17

Agg DWI, 6th Offense (0.26)

Gallup Police Department officer Douglas Hoffman responded to a dispatch behind 216 Verdi Drive when a vehicle was driven into a storage shed behind the apartment building. En route, dispatch advised Officer Hoffman that the female driver had passed out behind the wheel with the engine still on. The only way to remove the driver was to pry the door open.

A witness to the accident said he saw no one else in the car or leaving the scene, but the driver, Tamatha Joe, insisted she had not been driving and refused the field sobriety test offered to her.

Joe was transported to the GPD for a breath test and...

Justice may be slow, but it’s sure

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The burglary of Family Dollar, 2041 S. Second St., happened on Aug. 11 and two weeks passed before the Gallup Police Department got busy with the warrant work, and sure enough, Wendell R. Smith was picked up this last week.

Remanded to the McKinley County Detention Center on charges of Burglary of a structure (commercial burglary) and criminal damage to property over $1,000, Smith will now be facing court on the two fourth Degree Felonies and will be held without Bond until his first court appearance.

The incident was noticed when an active motion alarm went off at the business. When police arrived at the building, the front door was propped open with a shopping cart and a front...

Shiprock man pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter charge

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ALBUQUERQUE – Larry June, 58, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., pled guilty Aug. 21, in federal court in Albuquerque to a voluntary manslaughter charge.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, June will be sentenced to 97 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety arrested June in November 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo woman by stabbing her with a knife on Nov. 25, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M.  June was subsequently indicted on Dec. 20, and was charged with second-degree murder.


As transportation tech hits new age, New Mexico lags behind

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State Sen. James White, R-Albuquerque, recently joined state legislators from around the country for a meeting of the Council of State Governments in Detroit, Michigan.

At one event, he and two others sat in a car. White wasn’t driving. Neither was anyone else in the car.

In fact, there was no steering wheel. Just a panic button.

The car didn’t go at highway speeds—in fact, it only went 15 MPH—but that was enough to impress him. White was at a test facility for autonomous cars.

More legislators might start taking rides like White’s in the future as more autonomous vehicles hit the roads—and as states grapple with what that means for existing motor vehicle laws.

While the...

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