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BREAKING NEWS: Body found by King Dragon

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Gallup Police Department Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said she received a call at about 5:45 pm this evening that a deceased male was found west of King Dragon restaurant, 1212 U.S. 491.

"It doesn't look like there was any foul play," she said, adding that the body of the unidentified male will be sent to Albuquerque for an...

Three men behind bars in jailhouse contraband scheme

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One arrested is McKinley County jailer

Three Gallup men – one a McKinley County Detention Center officer - remained jailed April 27 following an internal investigation connected to contraband allegedly being brought into the jail, officials said during an April 26 news conference on the matter.

McKinley County Adult Detention Center Warden Steve Silversmith said Officer Terrance Hooper is behind bars on a conspiring to bring contraband into a place of imprisonment charge, which is a fourth degree felony. For safety reasons, Hooper, 23, was booked into the Cibola County Detention Center near Grants, Silversmith said. Hooper, a jailer since January of this year, has his bond...

San Juan County AG takes lead on Muñoz petition investigation

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Adams, Muñoz, Johnson engaged in District 4 state Senate race

Kurtis Donisthorpe, the assistant district attorney in San Juan County, told Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, in an April 5 memorandum that “…the Office of the District Attorney has received your request for an investigation regarding potential voter fraud. At this time, our office will begin our investigation into the authenticity of the signatures and upon finding good cause will ask the McKinley County Clerk’s Office to make a determination regarding the signatures’ authenticity. If they are determined to be false, we will ask law enforcement to begin a criminal investigation. If probable cause exists to...

GPD officer arrested at Shalimar Lounge in apparent domestic dispute

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Carmelita James is a four-year police vet; internal hearing set for May 2

An April 23 fight at a local night spot involving an off duty Gallup police officer ended with assault on a peace officer and resisting, evading and obstruction charges, according to a police report.

An internal investigation hearing on the matter is scheduled to go before Acting Gallup Police Chief Franklin Boyd on Monday. The outcome of that hearing could determine whether Carmelita James remains a police employee, Deputy Police Chief John Allen said.

Allen noted that a formal notice-to-terminate has already been sent to James. Allen said the hearing would be between Boyd and James, saying having others...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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A source close to the Sun says that Steve Coleman, a local proprietor and former Gallup Police Department officer, is facing five to 15 years in prison. He has two cases – one in federal court and one at the district court level. It stems largely from when Coleman was arrested Jan. 21 from shooting a neighbor’s trespassing dog, mushrooming into a full-blown investigation.

To explain, Coleman is a registered felon and not permitted to possess firearms. According to the affidavit for a search warrant, issued April 26, 11th Judicial District Attorney Chief Investigator Richard Malone made some disturbing connections to the firearms and Indian...

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