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AMBER ALERT CANCELED: biological parents in custody

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John Montoya and Monica Jody Martinez are in custody thanks to a watchful Gallup Motel 6 clerk. The clerk recognized the couple and vehicle based off an Amber Alert that was issued at 1 am and called police.

GPD Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said the two girls, ages 11 months and 3, were already in Utah state custody when the...

Too close to home: Fruitland area girl abducted, murdered near Shiprock monument

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Gallup holds vigil in Ashlynne Mike’s memory

A Waterflow, N.M., man was arrested May 3 in connection with the abduction and death of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike.

Tom Begaye, 27, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Paul Briones in Farmington on Wednesday. According to the U.S. District Court criminal complaint, Begaye faces the following charges: crime on an Indian reservation, murder, and kidnapping charges.

Ashlynne’s body was found the morning of May 3, approximately 6 miles south of the Shiprock monument. She had been abducted in the Fruitland area Monday afternoon.

The FBI is investigating this case with the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, New Mexico State...

Child sexual predator in custody

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ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED girl on Easter morning

Jeremy Eddie, 27, was arrested on a warrant in Gamerco May 5 for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl at her grandmother’s residence on Boardman Drive in Gallup March 27.

He’s being held at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $10,000 cash only bond.

The victim’s father, Kyle Begay, reported the incident to the Children, Youth, and Families Department, according to the affidavit for a search warrant. The case was then was assigned to Gallup Police Department Det. Neil Yazzie.

Based on the investigation, the young victim was spending the evening of March 26 at her grandmother’s residence. Also staying at the residence...

Body found by King Dragon identified

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Gallup Police Department Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said the man found west of King Dragon restaurant May 2  has been identified as Fredlin Allison, 30, of Rock Springs, N.M.

Morrissette said a Community Service Aide worker recognized the deceased man from taking him to the Na’nizhoozhi Center Inc. Gallup Detox Center in the past. When his name was located, police were able to ID him via the state’s Motor Vehicles Division. From there, police contacted family members who were able to identify Allison based on appearance discriptions alone.

“They identified him through the rings he was wearing and other descriptors,” Morrissette said.

“It doesn’t look like there was any...

Gallup Council OK’s Mentmore pump station repair

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Work to start in a matter of weeks, official says

The Gallup City Council unanimously approved an upgrade measure April 26 indirectly related to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Since there is no water and sanitation director since the recent resignation of Vince Tovar, City Electric Director Richard Matzke oversees plant operations in the interim.

As such, Matzke told council members at the regular city meeting that the Mentmore lift station provides sewer service to the area west and north of Interstate 40 and Exit 16. He explained that the station is roughly 15 years old and is in need of some repairs. “The station is designed with two pumps to back each other up in case...

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