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Weekly Crime Blotter

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An out-of-state couple needs the public’s help in finding out who stole the wife’s $3,200 blue Cannondale bike off the back of their RV sometime between 2 and 3 pm, near Mentmore bike trail. The couple have the serial number to help identify the bike. Anyone with information is...


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Augustine R. Bob

March 10, 11:49 am

7th DWI, Aggravated

Bob, 54, makes a left turn in front of another driver heading northbound on U.S. 491. The other vehicle hits Bob as he’s heading through the intersection at Jefferson. Bob is slurring his speech, has bloodshot watery eyes, and reeks of alcohol. Bob admits to Gallup Police Department Officer Norman Bowman that he drank 30 cans of Budweiser beers.

Bob was arrested, yet again, for another DWI. He blew a .29 and .30 during the breath tests. The legal limit is .08. Don’t be like Bob. Don’t drink and drive.

Randall R. Yazzie

Feb. 17, 5:33 pm

Aggravated DWI

The sun was likely bright, as Yazzie reportedly stated...

Senator feels the sting: Martinez vetoes NCI bill

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Bill contained $200K for detox purposes

Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a bill pertaining to funding the Na’nizhoozhi, Center, Inc. The bill contained $200,000 in funds earmarked for Gallup’s sole institution that teats substance abuse.

“It was a surprise that (Martinez) vetoed the bill,” Sen. George Muñoz said. The bill was one of several sponsored by Muñoz during the 2016 New Mexico Legislative session. “We really needed it.”

The veto came about two weeks after U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján held a meeting in which officials from the city of Gallup, McKinley County and the Navajo Nation talked about nailing down a permanent funding pattern for NCI.

At one point...

CD/DVD pirate busted at flea market

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McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Pat Salazar did an undercover sweep with agents, and an evidence technician, of the Gallup flea mart during the late morning hours of March 5.

Walter Francis, 30, was the only vendor popped for selling more than 600 music CDs along with a handful of DVDs, Salazar explained.

Francis didn’t just buy a CD and rip it and recopy onto other CDs. He went through the Apple Store, or similar sites, and recorded songs online.

“Usually it’s someone buying a CD and ripping a copy,” MSCO Investigator Merle Bates said.

Francis was charged for unauthorized recording and required labeling – both fourth degree felonies.

US Bank robbed; Suspect still at large

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Police received a call at about 9:46 am this morning that US Bank on 101 W. Hill Ave had been robbed, Gallup Police Department Sgt. Rosanne Morrissette said.

Initial reports indicate that the suspect is a tall, thin white male in his 40s and who stands about 5'11" to 6'1." He was wearing a dark in color hoody pulled up around his face, and blue jeans.

Details are pending, but Morrissette said the man walked into the bank, showed the teller a handgun and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. He took off out of the bank on foot, and was last seen running southbound on 1st Street. Video stillshots of the bank robbery are pending, and will be posted on this site as they become...

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