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2 killed, 3 injured in fatal rollover crash

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The two victims that died in a vehicle rollover accident May 1 have been identified. The driver, 21-year-old Elijah King of Gamerco, was subsequently arrested for DWI and two counts of vehicular homicide, among other charges.

According to a statement released by New Mexico State Police Public Information Officer Carl...

GPD officers cleared in Sylversmythe shooting

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Official: Case is now closed

There won’t be any charges filed against the Gallup police officers who were part of the July 2016 shooting death at the Arnold Street public housing project, officials said.

McKinley County Deputy District Attorney Earl Rhoads said in a March 20 piece of correspondence addressed to Gallup police chief Phillip Hart that, “This letter is to inform you, and the officers of your department, that I have completed my independent review of the New Mexico State Police reports in the matter,” Rhoads wrote. “After lengthy, careful and multiple reviews of the reports, and particularly the pathology report, I have been authorized by (McKinley County) District...

Milan druggies jailed; one released

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One Cibola County man remained behind bars May 2 on felony charges stemming from an interagency drug bust, officials said. Another Cibola County man, arrested in the same drug raid, bonded out May 2, officials said.

Joseph Torrez, 39, and George Gallegos, age unavailable, were taken into custody at the Cibola County Detention Center on a myriad of felony charges. The charges ranged from drugs to weapons violations.

Torrez is jailed on a $76,000 bond and Gallegos had a bond set at $16,000, before he bonded out, according to jail records. Both individuals reside in Milan and possess prior criminal records, officials said.

Village of Milan Police Chief Pat Salazar said at about 6 am...

Gallup man jailed on child sex abuse charges

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A Gallup man remained incarcerated May 4 on custodial interference (no right to custody), criminal sexual conduct of a minor, false imprisonment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor charges, records show.

Christopher Lambert, 32, was taken into custody after Gallup police were contacted by the Riverton, Utah, police regarding Lambert bringing a 15-year-old girl across state lines. Lambert’s bond was set at $30,000 and a separate Magistrate Court bond doesn’t have a specified amount.

The girl in question is identified in police records as “A.P.” An arrest warrant indicates that the girl emailed a photo of her breasts to Lambert prior to him traveling to Utah to bring...

GPD looking for shooting suspects

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The Gallup police remain on the lookout for two male suspects who beat up and shot at someone at the Hacienda Motel along East Historic Highway 66, according to a criminal complaint. The incident apparently was over a $10 debt, according to written police information.

Gallup police officer Steven Peshlakai recorded in written correspondence that on April 29 he arrived at the hotel at about 11:12 pm and found Jeffrey Webster, 40, sitting on the bed and bleeding heavily from the face and head.

“I noticed coagulated blood on his lap. I also saw shell casting on the floor,” Peshlakai wrote.

The written police information states that Webster was transported to Gallup Indian Medical...

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