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DWI suspect crashes into house, flees scene

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A Gallup man has been arrested after hitting and causing extensive damage to a house and then fleeing from the scene.

The driver, identified as Kintuck Howard, 31, is now facing charges dealing with destruction of private property and DWI.

Gallup Police Officer Domenic Molina said he was dispatched to the house on the...

State Police officer busted for trafficking drugs

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Officer Daniel Capehart on administrative leave

Staff Reports

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Acting Special Agent in Charge Maxwell D. Marker of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas, San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen, and Director Kevin Burns of the HIDTA Region II Narcotics Task Force announced that a NMSP officer has been arrested and is charged with violating federal drug laws.

NMSP Officer Daniel Capehart, 33, of Bloomfield, N.M., was arrested by the FBI, NMSP, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, and HIDTA Region II Narcotics Task Force on June 29, 2018.  At the time of his arrest, Capehart was assigned to patrol...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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7/1, Gallup

The arrest of Calbert Henderson began with the Gallup Police and ended with the Gallup Police after some assistance from the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office.

The first report came in near midnight Sunday of a driver speeding and running red lights. The reports coming into Metro Dispatch said the driver pulled into the Continental Divide Electric parking lot on State Highway 602. Gallup Police were sent to investigate and found the vehicle with a front flat tire, but before they could check on the driver, he sped away south on Highway 602.

The police officers reported in, and said the driver appeared to be highly intoxicated. He was going about 48...


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Jodelle Bitloy

June 16, 12:06 am

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Lt. Francie Martinez was on regular patrol when he observed a vehicle without its headlights on at night.

Martinez began following the vehicle and observed it running through two red lights and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was identified through an Arizona ID card as Jodelle Bitloy, 32, of Window Rock, Ariz.

Martinez observed signs that Bitloy was intoxicated, including slurred speech and staggering when she tried to walk. When asked to perform field sobriety tests, she said she didn’t think she would be able to do so, but agreed to try.

However, halfway through the tests and already having problems...

Train tanker carrying hydrochloric acid derails in west Gallup

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Hazmat crews cleanup the smelly mess

On June 2, Gallup Police Department received a call about a lone derailed tanker leaking hydrochloric acid, east of Virgie’s Restaurant on Highway 66.

Gallup Police Lt. Erin Toadlena-Pablo said the call came in at about 4:48 pm, and a hazmat crew from Belen was tasked with cleaning up the area.

Roads in the immediate area were closed, and eastbound trains were backed up for miles.

Westerly winds were favorable in helping to dissipate the noxious fumes. BNSF officials took over the scene after police secured the area. Toadlena-Pablo said she hasn’t received any updates from BNSF officials on what caused one tanker to derail from the tracks...

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