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Car vs. Pedestrian

12/13, Fire Rock Casino

A hard night of partying left one man clinging for life in a local hospital’s intensive care unit. Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said Piotrk Ogorek was struck by a vehicle. The night of partying began when Ogorek and a friend were drinking at Fire Rock Casino...

Gov. promises to toughen DWI laws

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By Shepherd Waldenberger

Sun Correspondent



Gov. Susana Martinez paid a visit to Gallup Dec. 10 to announce crackdowns on repeat DWI offenders.

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas joined the governor and a host of other police officers at We The People Park Thursday afternoon to express concerns over continuing drunk driving incidents, and unveiled a list of the “Top-Ten Most Wanted DWI Absconders.”

“The legislature has failed to act to toughen DWI laws, so we’re going to do it,” Martinez said.

She explained that she's tired of the hazards drunk drivers pose to the community and means to put a stop to it. To those most wanted DWI absconders, Martinez has a...

The Awards Went to the Dogs

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More than a month has passed since the K9 officer competition in Houston was hosted by K9’s 4 Cops on Oct. 27-30, but awards are such that they may be talked about at any time, as these are being done now.

The four Belgian Malinois officers of the Gallup Police Department acquitted themselves well at the combined training and competition four-day meet. Two of them earned trophies as they took on an estimated 70 others in different events.

Kwinto, handled by Jessie Diaz, placed third overall in the Narcotics Scramble which involves sniffing out drugs from different hiding places. Nero, handled by Angelo Cellicion, placed second in the Hard Dog contest, which attempts to measure his...

Is GMCS flouting media requests for investigative report on Chiapetti?

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It has been about a month since Frank Chiapetti has resumed his role as the Gallup McKinley County Schools superintendent.

But questions still remain. For example, where is the investigative report that was being conducted by Investigator Dan Patterson and exactly how much did it cost tax payers?

On Nov.2 the Gallup Sun submitted a New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Record Act letter to the district’s custodian of records, requesting to obtain a copy of the investigative report and related documents regarding the Board of Eduction directed investigation of Chiapetti.

Special Education Director Carmen Moffett responded, stating that “all investigative documents related to the...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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NEGLIGENT ARSON

12/8

It’s not clear why Watson Watchman and Andy Garcia wanted to start a fire at Gallup Detox Center at 2205 East Boyd Ave, but it landed both of them in jail.

Gallup Police Department Officer Khaera Chee responded to the scene in which two fires had to be extinguished. According to the report, an employee later reviewed video surveillance and saw Watson handing Garcia an item that later turned out to be a lighter. Video footage also shows Watchman gather clothing and tissue and setting it on fire in an area with more than 60 occupants.

Watchman was charged with negligent arson and Garcia with an accessory to arson.

BREAKING AND ENTERING

12/1

A man...

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