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4/18, Gallup

James Vinson remained incarcerated at the Gallup-McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a probation-related violation, officials said. Vinson was on probation for larceny and burglary charges. He’s being held on a $3,000 bond.

Vinson was taken into custody April 18 for not...


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The legal limit is .08.

Marty Chavez

April 12, 4:10 pm

13th DWI, Aggravated

It’s the unlucky 13th DWI for Chavez, a serial drunk driver. Metro Dispatch “gave out an attempt to locate” a silver mini-van in the area of Giant gas station, 1223 E. Highway 66. Chavez’s van was spotted next at Navajo Shopping Center. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Monty Yazzie found Chavez at the Shop N’ Save, 200 Marguerite.

Yazzie made contact with one of the witnesses that called into complain about the occupants in Chavez’s van. They had asked her for money while she was gassing up at another location. Meanwhile, Chavez exited the shopping center and proceeded west on...

Gallup Council OKs reconstruction awards

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Budget adjustments also OK’d

The Gallup City Council unanimously passed at its most recent meeting two professional services awards related to reconstruction projects. The actions took place at the April 11 regular city meeting and were not met with much discussion.

The first project pertained to a $163,000 project along Ciniza Drive in Indian Hills. Gallup Public Works Director Stan Henderson introduced the matter to council members and said the scope of work for the project includes preliminary and final design schemes, plans and specifications, bidding assistance and construction inspection and management.

“The project will begin at Ciniza Drive and end at Vandenbosch...

McKinley Commission postpones solar farm tax abatement decision

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Project is near Allison Road

The McKinley County Board of Commissioners postponed a decision on a tax abatement request regarding a solar farm that’ll be built near Allison Road on the city’s west end.

Mayor Jackie McKinney and Gallup Electric Director Richard Matzke addressed the county commission, informing the panel that as of July 1 of this year that solar power from the project will be cheaper than the power the city currently purchases from Continental Divide Electric Cooperative.

The decision to postpone was 3-0 with Commissioner Genevieve Jackson motioning to ask for more information as to how clients in the rural parts on the Navajo Nation in McKinley County would...

Man shot by police officer faces multiple charges

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During a routine stop for a minor traffic violation, New Mexico State Police Officer Calvin Brown was drawn into a battle for his life April 7.

The high stakes incident began around 7 am, shortly after he pulled over a 2016 Hyundai Sonata 4-door sedan that was traveling eastbound on Interstate 40, near mile post 19.

During the traffic stop, Brown began to question the driver, who was identified as Stephen Thompson, 33, from Oklahoma City, O.K., about his travels. Brown also questioned the female passenger about their travels. According to the report, he discovered inconsistencies between the driver’s statements and the passenger statements. Due to the inconsistencies in their...

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