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*UPDATE: Body discovered on Gallup’s south side identified

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*Update Oct. 9, 2015. GPD Capt. Rick White said the man found deceased last Tuesday has been identified as Jasper Eddie Blatchford, 42, from Sierra Vista, Ariz. Unknown cause of death at this time.

Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said officers were dispatched the morning of Oct. 6  “in reference to a person...

Local parents charged with child abuse

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Alcohol a contributing factor

For Daniel and Yvonne Mecale, bottles and cans of alcohol seem to dominate the décor in their home at 1999 Western Skies Road – or at least it did when police were called to their home Oct. 1.

According to the police report, officers were dispatched to check on the welfare of the Mecale’s four daughters by the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department.

Gallup Police Department Officers Timothy Hughte and Harland Soseeah arrived at the home shortly after 9 pm. Aside from immediately taking notice of beer and a few bottles of hard alcohol dotting the scene, along with the stumbling drunk parents, the home was in acceptable condition except...

Man hit by train

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Derrick Mitchell’s attempt to crawl between two railroad cars to make it to the south side of the tracks resulted in him being hit by train traveling about 30 mph.

Gallup Police Department Detective Charles Wommack said shortly after 5 pm on Oct. 5, Mitchell crawled between the two box cars on the farthest northern tracks, but before we could dart across the two remaining tracks, he was hit by an eastbound train, and sustained multiple injuries.

The railroad crossing gates were down on Third Street and Highway 66 during the time of the incident, likely prompting the man to make the hasty move.

Wommack said that Mitchell didn’t recall his daredevil move that could have ended his...

Good timing help police net dangerous fugitive

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Gallup Police Department experienced a stroke of luck in catching an alleged dangerous rapist and murderer that was recently passing through the area.

Jeffrey Olivarez is wanted for the murder and rape of Jessica E. Blansett.

GPD Detective Charles Wommack said on Oct. 2 he received a call from Ford County, KS officials about Olivarez possibly being in the area, at a local scrapyard.

Wommack said he and Det. Mark Spencer followed a hunch and found Olivarez at All City Recycling. He was working there for the day to pay for some repairs done to his vehicle.

Wommack said Olivarez had also tried to sell the vehicle, but was unsuccessful.

He was arrested without incident Oct. 3, for a...

Road map meeting for Gold King Mine spill

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FARMINGTON—There will be a Road Map Meeting, regarding the Gold King Mine Spill. The meeting will discuss the Long Term-Effects on New Mexico.

The NM Environmental Health Department is forming, The Long-Term Impact Review Team. With your help, the State of New Mexico is developing the comprehensive Road Map forward. This is to ensure that scientific attention and oversight is provided for water, sediment, agriculture, health, and wildlife. This is necessary after three million gallons of contaminated mine wastewater flowed through the Animas and San Juan Rivers leaving behind a trail of heavy metals deposited into the rivers’ ecosystems.

The Long-Term Citizen Advisory Committee...

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