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GPD: Gallup Inn vandalized

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Discarded fire extinguishers leads cops to crime scene

Going the extra mile in the line of duty led a Gallup police officer to file a breaking and entering and criminal damage to property report connected to a shuttered hotel along West Historic Highway 66.

According to the report, Officer Ryan Blackgoat of the Gallup...

Sandra Jeff disqualified from state legislative ballot

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District 22 Senate situation related to finances

SANTE FE – Sandra Jeff, a former member of the New Mexico House of Representatives who served District 5 for one term, apparently won’t be on the ballot for another political run this year.

At issue, are matters that deal with the Campaign Reporting Act.

Jeff filed to run for the District 22 Senate seat currently held by Benny Shendo of Jemez Pueblo. Shendo, who like Jeff is a Democrat, is ending his first term in the Senate.

“I heard that she’s not going to run after all,” Shendo said. “That’s about all I know.”

Amy Bailey, general counsel at the Secretary of State’s Office in Santa Fe, said Jeff failed to qualify...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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3/19, GALLUP

Adrian Niiha crashed out in the back of someone else’s vehicle and was arrested for “unlawful taking of a vehicle,” according to Gallup Police Department Officer Jessie Diaz’s report. Niiha, 24, refused to open the car door for officers, so they had to utilize a “lockout kit tool” to open the vehicle. Diaz noted that there were cans of “Four Loko” and “Mickey’s” in the middle cup holders. So, he was also charged with “consume/possession of alcohol in a motor vehicle.”



Joseph Hunter of Springfield, MO, was found deceased in his big rig at the Pilot Travel Center. MCSO Deputy Salina Brown...

Internal discipline of prisoners replaced by state charges

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Alert personnel at the Gallup McKinley Adult Detention Center on March 15 resulted in additional charges being filed against a man and a woman already in custody.

Natasha N. (Kiro) Leonard, 29, lists her address as 515 E. Pershing in Gallup. She was observed trying to slip a thin package of what turned out to be heroin under the cell door of another prisoner on March 15.

That same day, an agent of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Department busted 47-year old Angel Daniel Roan attempting the same business arrangement. Both were charged with Bringing Contraband into Places of Imprisonment and Trafficking Controlled Substances.

Leonard’s bond was increased to $30,000 on the two...


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Clissa M. Martin

Feb. 24, 2:46 pm

Aggravated DWI

According to Gallup Police Department Officer Cynthia Romancito’s report, she observed Martin, 31, back into a car, causing damages, then drive away from the scene. Before she could get too far, Romancito pulled her over and administered field sobriety tests, which didn’t go well for Martin. She was arrested, and when given the two required breath tests, she blew a .28 and .30. The legal limit is .08.

Victoria L. Pete

Feb. 22, 7 pm

Aggravated DWI

According to McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Johnson Lee’s report, Pete, 33, admitted to drinking “just a little bit.” Lee noted that he could smell...

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