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Weekly Crime Blotter

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SHOOTING SUSPECT WANTED

Gallup, 10/22

Russell Luna was shot by Jessie Gutierrez, who was still at large as of press time. Luna was shot at Black Diamond Mobile Home Park, 333 Black Diamond. He was shot in the abdomen and went to the Med Star Ambulance location on Maloney for help. Luna was transported to a local...

Train Derailed

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On Oct. 23, at about 7 am, BNSF Railway reported that 32 cars had derailed east of Gallup at the Southfork Bridge that crosses north to Red Rock State Park.

State Road 118, also known as Old Route 66, was shut down between Mile Marker 26 and Mile Marker 32 while hazmat crews were on scene to asses a spill from one of the train cars. Hazmat determined the spill was liquid asphalt and was non-hazardous.

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Kendrick Murillo

10/24, 3:34 am

Aggravated DWI

Murillo, 23, passed out with his vehicle running at the Dead Horse Mustang in Churchrock. McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Arnold Noriega stated in his report that Murillo “noticed there to be several bottles of beer in the center console of the vehicle,” with one opened. When Noriega asked for Murillo to put the open the door, he put the vehicle in drive. He had to be extracted through the passenger door. His two breath sample read .17.

 

Kerrie Cheromiah

10/23, 2:23 pm

DWI

Cheromiah, 24, not only escaped injury herself when she crashed into a light pole at Third and Maloney, she avoided injuring anyone else. Gallup...

Local man arrested for Arson, burglary

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Michael Roper of Gallup didn’t take the news well when he was terminated from his job at the Red Lion Oct. 27.

According to Gallup Police Department Sgt. Rosanne Kavzlarich, Roper, 33, came back to the hotel about an hour after being laid off and boldly stole money from the company safe, absconding with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Next, he went upstairs and set one of the rooms on fire. On his way out, he reportedly told one of the workers to call the fire department.

According to the criminal complaint, filed in Magistrate Court Oct. 29, Roper is being charged with arson and it’s noted that the fire he set caused more than $2,500 worth of damages that doesn’t exceed...

Chinle bank robber in custody

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CHINLE, Ariz.– The suspect who robbed the Chinle Wells Fargo yesterday morning was taken into Federal custody at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26. Police also recovered the vehicle that was used in the robbery.

On Oct. 26 at approximately 10:51 am, Chinle Police Department (PD) received a call from a Wells Fargo employee stating that the bank had just been robbed. Chinle PD responded. Officer Carlton Jim and Lt. Dempsey Harvey were first on the scene.

Information from the crime scene indicated that a bank robber had gotten away with over $1,800 dollars. A description of the vehicle involved was given as a red Ford Explorer with New Mexico state license plates. The vehicle fled southbound...

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