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Media mogul George Malti dies in Sedona, Ariz.

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Malti owNed Gallup’s Millennium Media

The city lost an outstanding and accomplished member of the community when long-time resident George Malti, 78, died May 13 in Sedona, Arizona.

The cause of death was not announced. There will be a Celebration of George’s Life on May 24 in Sedona, according to information...

Becenti-Aguilar seeks NN council delegate seat formerly held by Mel Begay

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Begay removed about 2 months ago by NN court; sentenced this week

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Theresa Becenti-Aguilar, appointed nearly four years ago by former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson to fill a vacant Public Regulation Commission seat, will run for a Navajo Nation council delegate seat recently vacated by Mel Begay.

Becenti-Aguilar, who is from Coyote Canyon, on the Navajo Nation, will represent Coyote Canyon, Tohatchi, Twin Lakes, Mexican Springs and Naschitti.

“With the (US Highway 491) expansion, the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project and the new (Internet) broadband connectivity deployment, it is now time to create short and long-range plans and build on the new...

Missing Zuni woman found dead in Gallup

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Foul play suspected

A Zuni woman reported missing by family members last Friday was found deceased after 7 pm May 16.

Gallup Police Department Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said that Mary Pablito, 31, is likely the victim of foul play, although she didn’t go into details of what detectives found at the scene. She was found at the intersection of Maloney Avenue and Allison Road.

“She was found in the area by family searching for her,” she said.

Morrissette said the preliminary results of an autopsy should shed some light on the cause of her death. Results for the complete autopsy and toxicology testing could take up to six weeks.

According to a Facebook post by one family...

Child molester arrested; bonds out

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A Gallup man accused of child molestation was jailed May 11 and bonded out just hours later, officials said.

Carlos Juarez, 41, was taken into custody by the Gallup Police Department on two counts of sexual penetration on a child under the age of 13.

Already on probation for an earlier and similar charge, Juarez was booked last week at 5:17 pm, was out at 9:26 pm, and was later released on $10,000 bond, McKinley County Adult Detention Center Warden Steve Silversmith said.

According to court records, the latest charge against Juarez was brought before Gallup Police Department in April, but the actual offenses took place over a period of time, some six or seven years ago. Juarez is...

West Side Conoco robbery thwarted

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One suspect carried nun chucks

Darwin Butte and Raymond Martin remained jailed May 18 at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on attempted robbery charges, officials said.

The two were apprehended by officers with the Gallup Police Department after an attempt to steal beer from the Conoco gas station and convenience store at 3302 W. Historic Highway 66.

Both possess prior criminal records, particularly Martin who has a criminal history dating back to February of 2014. Both Butte and Martin are jailed at the detention facility on individual $5,000 bail bonds, Jail Warden Steve Silversmith said.

Gallup Police Officer Philamena Chischilly wrote in a report that at about 12:09...

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