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GPD Officer Anthony Seciwa responded to the American Heritage Plaza in reference to a drunk man yelling obscenities at customers. The man was reported to be in the area of Safeway at 980 U.S. 491.

Seciwa found Wilbert Hardy, 56, in front of Wise Pies Pizza at 820 U.S...


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The legal limit is .08.

Herman Jim

June 30, 1:24 am

5th DWI, felony

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office DWI Task Force Supervisor Tammy Houghtaling arrived at the five-mile marker on Hwy 265 in Blackhat in response to a request for backup by Deputy Josie Bowman. Bowman had arrived on scene to find a red Chevy Silverado in the ditch with its lights on and still in drive.

Jim, 42, was asleep in the driver’s seat. Houghtaling woke him and could smell alcohol on his breath. Jim’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. When he exited the truck he was unsteady, and he refused field sobriety tests. Jim blew .24 and .25 during breath testing.

Enrique Gonzales

June 28, 7:11...

ArtsCrawl Gallup Rocks!

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Thayne Yazzie, a resident of St. Michaels, Ariz., came to the ArtsCrawl Gallup July 9 to display two pieces of art in one form. The electric guitar pictured here represents Yazzie’s custom paint job, as well as the hours of music he’s performed on it. Photo Credit: Andy Gibbons III

‘Fireball’ Ginsburg will be in NM next month

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United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be in New Mexico next month for an annual law convention.

Ginsburg will serve as the keynote speaker for the State Bar of New Mexico’s Bar and Bench conference in August.

State Bar executive director Joe Conte said the organization is “excited and grateful” that Ginsburg is willing to come and speak to the legal community.

“She’s a woman who’s got decades of life to share with us,” Conte said.

Ginsburg recently received immense media attention after she made disparaging remarks about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Trump responded, saying her comments were inappropriate and called on...

Expert: Court documentation of HSD scandal ‘unprecedented’

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Two things about New Mexico’s scandal over the state allegedly falsifying applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program stand out to Samuel Chu.

The first is documentation of the scandal in federal court, which in May included three top state Human Services Department officials refusing to answer a total of nearly 100 questions from lawyers. Instead, they asserted their Fifth Amendment rights, which allow people to avoid possibly incriminating themselves.

“We generally don’t see that,” Chu, the national synagogue organizer with Mazon, a California-based anti-hunger organization that tracks food stamp issues across the country.

The Fifth Amendment pleadings...

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