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Man found dead on I-40 median ID’d

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A man found dead on the Interstate 40 median Feb. 9 has been identified as Wil Begay, 25, of Chinle, Ariz.

His body was discovered near mile post 19, and he was hit sometime during the dark, early Friday morning hours.

Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer said two calls came in about the body, with the first...

Suspects wanted in chainsaw theft

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The robbery was evidently well planned. On Feb 10, a male and female suspect managed to get away with two chainsaws before anyone had a chance to catch them.

The theft happened about 6:11 pm at the T&R Feed and Pawn Store, 667 U.S. Highway 491.

McKinley County Sheriff Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai Jr. talked to one of the store clerks who told him that a Native American man and woman came into the store and went immediately to the chainsaw display.

The man, dressed in a grey hoodie and black pants with a surgical mask covering his face, grabbed a 20-inch Husqvarna 372XP priced at $999.99 and ran out of the store. At the same time, the woman, dressed in a grey sweater and Levi pants grabbed a...

Weekly Police Activity Report

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2/11, Gallup

A man had just arrived in Gallup at about 6:15 pm when he spotted his father’s car, which had been stolen, driving on Aztec Avenue. He followed it and called police, telling them the vehicle had gone into the Colonial Motel parking lot.

Gallup Police Officer John Gonzales responded, and after confirming that the vehicle had been stolen, arrested the driver, Tyrell Austin Lee, 19, of Vanderwagen, for receiving or transporting a stolen vehicle. Lee also had an outstanding bench warrant.


2/9, Iyanbito

A man told McKinley County Sheriff Deputy Ivan Tsethlakai that he was bicycling near the Lighthouse Church when he and his three emotional...


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Jennifer Reeder

Feb. 10, 10:19 pm

DWI, Aggravated

Gallup Police Department Officer Adrian Quetawki was heading south on South 2nd Street when he saw a car driving without its headlights on. Quetawki caught up to the offending vehicle and followed the driver to 2nd Street and Coal Avenue, where the car came to a stop. Quetawki then encountered Reeder, 45, and informed her that her lights were off.

Reeder was slurring her speech, according to the police report, and appeared intoxicated. She hesitated at first to undergo field sobriety testing, but then agreed. She performed poorly on the tests, and then was placed in the back of Quetawki’s patrol car, where she allegedly...

Victory for Nation over gold mine compensation

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WINDOW ROCK –  On Feb. 12, the Navajo Nation won an important victory in its fight for fair compensation for the harms caused by the U.S. EPA and its contractors from the devastating Gold King Mine spill of August 2015.

The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico denied contractor Environmental Restoration, LLC’s motion to dismiss the Nation’s claims, instead upholding all claims, including CERCLA claims, and claims for negligence, gross negligence, trespass, and nuisance.

The Court also refused Environmental Restoration’s demand to strike the Nation’s request for punitive damages.

The case arose because the U.S. EPA, its contractors, and other...

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