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Cop accused of beating girlfriend resigns

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Gallup Police Department Officer Valerie Wilson resigned from the Gallup Police Department this past week. She was placed on paid administrative leave for allegedly beating her girlfriend Jan. 10.

“She resigned prior to the conclusion of the internal affairs investigation,” GPD Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said.



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Gallup Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in catching the bandit or bandits that indiscriminately shot up homes and businesses April 1. The suspect(s) used either pellet or BB guns to cause an unspecified dollar amount in damages to area structures. Call Crimestoppers at (505) 722-6161. You can remain anonymous. There’s up to a $1,000 reward available to those with information that leads to an arrest.


State Wrestling Champ College Bound

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Surrounded by family, Miyamura High School senior A.J. Starkovich looks happy with his choice on Apr. 13 after signing a National Letter-of-Intent to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa to use his wrestling talents for the next four years. From left, seated: Grandmother Joan Starkovich, dad Kenny, A.J., mom Yvetter Martinez, step-father Tony Martinez. Standing, from left: Grandfather Steve Starkovich, sister Tiara, and grandmother Corina Moreno.

Photo Credit: Tom Hartsock

30 years later: Abduction of Gallup girl continues to intrigue local residents

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Sister carries the torch of hope

There are few things in this world that are more disturbing, and more catastrophic than having a loved one go missing. For family and friends, there’s the inescapable worrying and hope that their loved one will return home someday. Also, the nagging, torturous thoughts about what befell their loved one.

In Gallup, the alleged kidnapping of Anthonette Cayedito, who was 9-years-old at the time of her disappearance, continues to haunt, intrigue and baffle local residents. At first, it was reported that she went missing from her bedroom on April 6, 1986 – 30 years ago.Heartbreak and pain

The child’s mother, Penny Cayadito, told police that...

Gallup General Services Director Rick Snider off to Illinois

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Snider going to home of alma mater as County Administrator

Rick Snider, general services director at the city of Gallup, will resign the post April 8. Snider leaves next week for a job as County Administrator in Champaign, IL, one of the state’s largest municipalities with a population of around 210,000.

“This is a dream job for me, leading one of the largest counties in the state,” Snider told the Gallup Sun April 5. “It is home to my alma mater, the University of Illinois. Champaign County also feeds the world as a top exporter of corn and soybeans.”

Snider, hired by former city manager Dan Dible, worked for the city for five years. His duties included overseeing...

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