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NM Environment Department to ensure safe reopening at WIPP

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SANTA FE –The New Mexico Environment Department acknowledged their role in ensuring a safe reopening of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, while recognizing the first emplacement of transuranic waste into the underground repository.

A press release addressing the reopening...

Tables turn on Metro Dispatch employee

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A McKinley County employee was jailed and later released Dec. 25 from the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a misdemeanor assault on a household member charge, records show.

Patrick Woods, 42, deputy director at Metro Dispatch, was arrested early Christmas morning after Gallup police were dispatched to his West Jefferson residence.

Upon arrival, they found Woods, a 44-year-old woman, and their 22-year-old son in the living room of the home, according to a police report on the matter by Gallup Police Officer Joe Roanhorse.

“(The son) stated that he saw his father pick up a chair and throw it at his mom,” the report reads. “(The son) stated his parents argued for a while...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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The legal limit is .08

Queena M. Kien

Dec. 24, 3:11 am

Aggravated DWI

Kien, an Emergency Room nurse at Gallup Indian Medical Center, had the tables turned on her when she crashed her vehicle on NM 118 at 1-40 exit 33. No other cars were involved in the wreck, McKinley County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Roxanne King stated in her report.

Kien, 36, said that she had worked a 12-hour shift and fell asleep at the wheel, missing the exit. King noted that Kien had bloodshot, watery eyes and reeked of alcohol, but she initially denied having anything to drink. Paramedics, who knew her by first name, checked on her physical condition. Kien advised them that she was OK.

King asked...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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DINE AND DASH

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Well, maybe this seemed like a fun thing to do when you were about 16, but no fun for servers and business owners. And it’s a crime. This didn’t stop Dewayne Yazzie, 49, though, from giving it a shot at the east side Denny’s.

A server approached MCSO Deputy Merlin Benally as he fueled up his patrol unit at the nearby Shell gas station on Hwy 66. The server had caught up with Yazzie inside of the convenience store. He dined, then dashed from a $6.66 ticket.

He was booked for falsely obtaining services.

BEAT FOR A GOOD DEED

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McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Johnson Lee was dispatched to Palm Harbor Homes in reference to a...

Man wearing ABQ Dukes cap tries to rob bank

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A man wearing a black Albuquerque Dukes baseball cap tried to rob a northeast Albuquerque bank on Tuesday and fled in a black Chevy Malibu.



The suspect is described as a white male, possibly Hispanic, in his late 20s, and approximately 5'6" to 5'9" tall, with a slender build. He had a short beard. He wore a black baseball cap with a blue Dukes logo, a black sweatshirt, baggy black pants, and eyeglasses.



At approximately 3 pm, the suspect walked into Wells Fargo, located at 156 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE. He gave a teller a note that demanded money, but the suspect left without any cash. The suspect crossed Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, walked westbound on Linn Avenue NE, and got into the...

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