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Fire truck equipment missing

In the early morning hours of Dec. 15, McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Terrance Willie was on routine patrol in the White Cliffs area, when he noticed an open garage door at the volunteer fire department.  After checking, he discovered there were no other vehicles around.  He dialed Metro...

Quintana’s Music sign tagged

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The latest in a series of acts of vandalism in Gallup

Ryan and Rhonda Quintana, owners and operators of Quintana’s Music and Indian Jewelry, 223 W. Coal Ave., arrived at the shop Dec. 16 to an unwelcome surprise. The sign over the entrance had been tagged by an unknown person.

Rhonda Quintana estimates the culprit must have struck sometime on Dec. 15, after the monthly ArtsCrawl festivities ended the night before.

The damage to the sign is estimated at about $1,000, according to police. The sign was hand-painted by someone who no longer lives in Gallup.

Quintana added this is not the first instance of vandalism the store has experienced in the past several months.

“We had...

Cold case charges headed to trial

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Brother accused of molesting sister

ALBUQUERQUE -  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Dec. 18 that San Juan County Magistrate Court Judge Rena Scott found probable cause to believe Michael Stevens committed six first-degree felonies in 2009 by sexually assaulting his sister.

“My office’s top priority is to prosecute any individual accused of violent, sexual acts against minors,” Balderas said. “I continue to commend the bravery of the young survivor in this case, who has already testified against two of her abusers, and we look forward to presenting this case at trial.”

Michael Stevens and three others (Bennie Wabbington, Casey Stallings, and Brandy Stevens) all...

Gallup police joins holiday DWI SuperBlitz campaign

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Checkpoints, more patrols on the roads

This holiday season, the Gallup Police Department will be participating in an ENDWI campaign SuperBlitz with a sobriety checkpoint occurring on Dec. 31 in the City of Gallup.

Additionally, the Gallup Police Department will be conducting increased saturation patrols in an effort to reduce alcohol-related incidents and increase public safety.

Drivers are encouraged to celebrate the season responsibly by having a plan that includes a safe ride home.

Driving while intoxicated is the act of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The operation of a motor vehicle includes being in physical control of the vehicle...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Churchrock, Dec. 5

The evening started as a quiet time for Demetrio Begay, of Thoreau, Dec. 4, spending the afternoon drinking with his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend at the Deadhorse Speedway in Churchrock.

After drinking, the three decided to take a short walk to some cliffs nearby, he later said. Then about 5 pm, the other couple went one way and Begay went the other and it wasn’t long before he got stuck.

He found himself on a ledge about 20 feet off the ground and he tried climbing, but found the surface smooth and slippery. He could not get any traction wearing tennis shoes.

He said that was about 5 pm and he remained on the ledge all night.  He began...

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