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GPD chief speaks to chamber members

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New Gallup Police Department Chief Phillip Hart spoke to more than a dozen members of the Gallup-McKinley Chamber of Commerce Aug. 17 at the invitation of the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber set up the session so the business community could get to know the new police chief.

At the meeting, Hart...

GPD promotes four more

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Hart looks out for fellow officers

Gallup Police Department Chief Phillip Hart promoted four officers in a formal ceremony held Aug. 26 at the El Morro Theatre at 207 W. Coal Ave.

Several dozen officers, family members, and friends gathered at the theater to honor the officers who have moved up in the ranks. The promotions come at a time when the police department is going through some senior departmental retirements.

“Each of these officers is deserving,” Hart said. “They’ve earned the respect of everyone in the community, most of all their fellow officers.”

Hart said at least one of the promoted officers has already begun serving in the new position, and the others are...

Man killed crossing I-40 ID’d

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A pedestrian trying to cross Interstate 40 near mile-marker 20 died Aug. 27 after he was hit by two tractor-trailers, officials said.

Capt. Marinda Spencer of the Gallup Police Department said Jeremiah Begay, 23, of Wide Ruins, Ariz., was hit at about 7:50 pm by a semi that failed to stop. He was then hit by another truck. The driver of the first semi did not stop, but the second driver stopped and exited his vehicle to see what was going on.

“The first semi-truck has not been located,” Spencer said. “There are indications that [Begay] was intoxicated.”

Westbound traffic along the interstate near exit 20 was diverted for a little more than two hours. Spencer said the victim...

Gallup Council supports skateboarding park

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Could park be ready in 2017?

The Gallup City Council unanimously supported a funding plan to build a public skateboarding park near the Gallup Cultural Center along Historic Highway 66.  The matter was an agenda item at the Aug. 23 regular city meeting and was introduced by City Public Works Executive Director Stan Henderson.

“The project is running its course,” Henderson told council members. “Tentatively, we’re looking at construction to start at some point in 2017.”

The council vote was for a resolution connected to a state funding agreement in the amount of $195,000. An associated resolution confirms the city’s acceptance of the agreement and designates a city...

NNPD officer killed in highway collision

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A Navajo Nation Patrol Officer was killed Aug. 30 in a head-on collision that took place near Mile Post 15.5 on Navajo Route 64 between Chinle and Tsaile, Ariz.

The Navajo Nation Police Department has identified the patrol officer as Leander Frank.

According to Jesse Delmar, director of the Division of Public Safety, Frank had been dispatched to a call in the Tsaile area.

It was reported that Frank’s vehicle was approaching another vehicle. Both vehicles tried to avoid each other but collided head-on in the middle of the highway.

Frank was killed instantly. All passengers from the other vehicle survived the crash.

The accident is currently being investigated by the Arizona...

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