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USED NEEDLES

Gallup, 10/19

MCSO Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai was called out to a residence on Caribou Lane in reference to two former detergent containers filled with used hypodermic needles. The caller said she found the icky items in an abandoned recreational vehicle, just west of her residence. The needles were disposed of...

Dennis “Byrd” Montoya

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Local man busted for dealing heroin

After a 10-month long investigation by Gallup Police Department criminal investigations division, Dennis “Byrd” Montoya was arrested Oct. 13 for selling drugs to Gallup Police Department’s undercover narcotics agents.

Lt. Matt Wright said the narcotics team conducted “undercover buys.”

These buys occurred between Oct. 3 – 10 and the packets of heroin purchased were taken in as evidence.

Wright said that when they served the search warrant to 2433 Sarracino Court, they at first banged on the door. When Montoya didn’t answer, they broke open the door and were able to confiscate 2.5 grams of heroin.

“This time he didn’t get to...

Unfazed by Tase

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Dangerous fugitive nabbed at Fire Rock

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Fire Rock Casino Oct. 16 to apprehend Dominic Childers, who was reportedly “armed and dangerous” and wanted on felony warrants.

He was being detained in a room at the casino. Childers was with Stephanie Garcia, and the duo had left her 9-year-old daughter in the car while they visited the casino.

Everything seemed routine until Deputy Jonathan Todachine asked Childers to exit the room. According to the report, he tried to make a run for it. A scuffle ensued. And when the group of deputies and Navajo Police officers gave the green light for Todachine to tase Childers, a deputy...

From heroin to detention

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MCSO Deputy Johnson Lee noticed a man behaving oddly while filling up with gas at the Giant gas station in the American Heritage Plaza Oct. 16.

The man, Steve Howe, exited a vehicle parked in the Sonic parking lot across the street and was throwing his hands in the air while talking on his cellphone. Lee caught up with Howe as he headed east on Jefferson toward 9th Street.

The man initially ignored sirens to stop where he was at, but stopped shortly after stepping into a field. Lee noticed that he threw an object on the ground into some tall weeds. Lee would find out that the object on the ground was reportedly heroin.

Another syringe was found in Howe’s pocket that resembled a...

Begaye’s statement on the Interior’s report blaming EPA for mine spill

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – President Russell Begaye released the following statement on the United States Department of Interior report on the Gold King Mine Spill Oct. 22. According to the Associated Press, which received an advanced copy of the report prior to its public release, the Interior Department found that “an EPA cleanup crew rushed its work and failed to consider the complex engineering involved” and triggered “the very blowout it hoped to avoid.” The Interior report directly refutes the EPA’s assertion that the blowout was “likely inevitable.”

“We applaud the Department of Interior for thoroughly investigating the Gold King Mine Spill and refuting the...

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