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Suspect arrested in Conoco west robbery attempt, stabbing

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A clerk at a Gallup gas station was transported to the hospital after being stabbed during an armed robbery late Thursday afternoon.

Two Native American males entered the convenience store at the Mustang Conoco, 3302 W. Highway 66, about 5:20 pm, and attempted to run out with beer, heading north from the station. One of the...

Gallup man with rare disease feels support of friends, family at recent fundraiser

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Jimmy and Julie Gonzales appreciated the support of city residents and others from the region for attending their recent enchilada fundraising event at the Community Pantry in Gallup, which began Feb. 5 and is ongoing.

The fundraiser was held to cover Jimmy Gonzales’ medical treatment costs at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. Friends and family coordinated the fundraising activities, which also included a raffle and softball tournament.

A GoFundMe page, titled “Help Jimmy Get to Mayo,” was also established. As of Feb. 14, 138 people have raised $9,606 of the $20,000 goal in 21 days. The campaign is trending and there is still time to contribute.

On May 20, 2016...

Gallup firefighters report accomplishments to city councilors

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The Gallup City Council convened Feb. 13 for their regular meeting and honored local firefighters serving the community. A number of firefighters were in attendance, including the fire chief and police chief for fire department related items on the agenda.

Approval of the collective bargaining agreement with the city and Gallup Fire Fighters Union, the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4296 started the meeting.

Klo Abeita, human resources director, presented the settlement agreement. The city clerk handed out the current contract to the councilors.

“The bargaining unit did not come forward to open negotiations during the period of time that was allowed for them to...

Prosecutors in two counties weigh Westman case

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Ryan Westman, who is facing charges in both McKinley and San Juan counties, remains incarcerated in the San Juan County jail as of Feb. 14, as the courts in both counties decide who will try him first.

Since he is facing first-degree murder charges in McKinley County as opposed to charges dealing with a police pursuit in San Juan County, McKinley County is expected to get the first bite. But when that will happen is still undetermined.

It also appears that Westman, 25, will have to get new legal representation since his current attorneys with the Law Offices of the Public Defender are saying it will pose a conflict of interest for the Gallup agency to continue representing him.

John...

Gallup woman kidnapped, raped at gunpoint

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Suspect remains at large

Local law enforcement officials are looking for a tall, heavy-set man in his forties in connection with a sexual assault that occurred Feb. 9, north of Gallup.

According to a report from the Gallup Police Department, the victim was leaving the Octavia Fellin Public Library at about 8:15 pm when a man approached her and asked for a ride. She told police she ignored the man but when she opened her door he pushed an object against the right side of her back and told her not to scream.

The assailant then allegedly pushed her into the passenger side seat and pointed a handgun at her, telling her to give him her phone. She described the weapon as a silver handgun...
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