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County roads improvements mulled by commissioners

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Fireworks restrictions measure passed

During the June 5 regular meeting of the McKinley County Board of Commissioners, a funding request from Iyanbito Chapter to provide road improvements to County Road No. 33, Turtle Butte Circle, was tabled.

Chapter president Steven Arviso was requesting $50,000 to cover costs...

St. Bonaventure Mission schools reeling from break-in

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Suspect(s) still at large

THOREAU, N.M. – The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of burglaries and vandalism that occurred this past weekend to schools within the St. Bonaventure Mission.

The damage was discovered early June 11 when custodians came to work.

When deputies arrived about 6:17 am, they were first directed to the mission’s pre-school where a window on the north side had been shattered. The double pane window is expected to cost about $1,500 to replace.

A search of the building revealed no other damage.

Next came the school’s gym where deputies found a white mesh window busted, and also found that one of the school’s fire...

Man attempts to sell stolen item back to business

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Biz owner leads police to THIEVES

A Church Rock man is facing multiple charges in connection with the theft of numerous tools from a Gallup nursery.

Tristan Peterson, 19, has been charged with burglary of a structure, criminal damage to property, tampering with evidence, larceny and conspiracy.

The charges stem from the theft of numerous tools from Holiday Nursery, 204 Valley View Rd., on May 28. John Kilgore, the owner of the nursery, said among the items that were stolen were leaf blowers, two chainsaws and two tool boxes filled with tools.

A week later, on June 6, Kilgore called police and reported that someone was trying to sell him a climbing harness. When he looked at it...

Thoreau man charged with rape

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A Thoreau man is now facing sexual assault charges after the victim’s mother reportedly rescued her daughter after she had been raped and beaten by the suspect.

Bryon Pahe, 28, has been charged with criminal sexual penetration, aggravated battery on a household member, assault to commit a serious felony, false imprisonment, criminal damage to property and interference with communication.

The victim’s mother came to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office on June 6 to report that she had to rescue her daughter. She said he had picked her up two weeks before the incident and family members were not able to get in touch with her.

She said she was concerned for her daughter’s safety...

Weekly Police Activity Report

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6/8, Gallup

Gallup police discovered a car on fire behind Ellis Tanner Trading Post on June 8.

By the time firefighters arrived on scene, about 6 am, the vehicle was totally engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to put out the fire in minutes.

Shoe prints were found showing that someone had walked north away from the vehicle but a search of the area found no one. Police were able to trace the owner of the vehicle who lived in Lupton, Ariz.

The Navajo Police have been called in an effort to let the owner know what happened to her vehicle.


6/5, Navajo Nation

A family was riding their bikes in the China Loop area about 7:30 pm when...

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