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FBI seeking culprit in Navajo Nation arson fires

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Reward being offered to tipster

NASCHITTI, N.M. – Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for a series of fires that damaged several buildings in Naschitti, N.M., on the Navajo Nation, last week

The fires, which occurred Aug. 19 to 21, damaged a church, a...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Gallup, Aug 9

A Gallup man was arrested Aug. 9 after he was seen moving around in a residence that did not belong to him. Melvin Spencer, 56, is now facing breaking and entering charges.

Gallup patrolman Timothy Hughte said he was dispatched to a residence on the 2400 block of State Highway 602 about 2:14 pm. When he got to the scene, he found Spencer walking from the yard and detained him.

He then met Beverly McDargh who was the owner of the residence. She was sitting in her car outside the home. She told Hughte that she had just arrived at the house when she noticed that the curtain on the front window had been removed and realized that there was someone...


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Jonathan Francisco

Aug. 11, 2:30 pm

Aggravated DWI (first offense)

Gallup Patrolman Dominic Molina was dispatched to the area of Wise Pies Pizza, 820 U.S. Hwy. 491, in reference to a possible drunk driver. The caller advised a GMC Sierra was weaving in and out of the lane and pulled over near the establishment.

As Molina headed for the destination, the calling party advised the vehicle in question had left the premises and was traveling eastbound on Maloney Avenue. The caller continued to tell Molina what was happening as he followed the vehicle onto the 800 block of East Mesa Avenue.

The caller said the suspect vehicle stopped in the parking lot of an apartment building and the...

Pedestrian struck and killed on I-40 in McKinley County

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MCKINLEY COUNTY, N.M. - The New Mexico State Police investigated a case about 9:40 pm Aug. 24 in which pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle on Interstate 40 near mile post 2, west of Gallup, N.M.

The initial investigation indicated a 2019 Volvo Commercial Motor Vehicle was traveling west on Interstate 40. For reasons unknown, Myron G. Chischilly, 56, of Manuelito, N.M., was crossing the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 when he was struck by the CMV. Chischilly was pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of Medical Investigators.

The driver of the CMV, a 31-year-old male of Woodridge, Ill., who will not be named, was not injured. The driver did not appear to be under the...

Crownpoint man faces 10 years in prison for drive-by shooting

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Two children suffered injuries

ALBUQUERQUE – A federal grand jury sitting in Albuquerque, N.M., returned an indictment Aug. 15 charging Eli Frank Woody, 25, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crownpoint, N.M., with federal assault and firearm charges arising out of a July 18 drive-by shooting that injured two Navajo children.

The three-count indictment charges Woody with two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury to a child, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

According to the indictment, Woody assaulted and seriously injured two minor children on July 18 in McKinley County, N.M. The indictment also alleges that Woody used and...

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