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Native American woman found dead

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Gallup Police responded to a medical call at the south end of Arnold Street shortly before noon April 10. Officers and medical units arrived on scene to find a Native American female unresponsive on the ground.

Medical personnel performed emergency care procedures, but the woman could not be revived. Gallup police...

Ashes of woman’s son stolen from car

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A car burglary can be upsetting enough on its own, but it became a highly emotional and troubling experience for a Rio Rancho woman.

Artie Ortega and her boss attended the Gallup Gun Show as vendors. The pair stopped for dinner at Cracker Barrel April 5 when her boss’s car, a red 2014 Ford Escape, was broken into in the parking lot.

According to the police report, the burglary occurred about 6:50 pm. The front passenger window was broken, and multiple items were taken.

The police report says surveillance footage shows a man, who looks to be Native American and in his 30s, dressed in black and wearing a hood, walked around the parking lot and broke the front window of the Ford...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Gallup, April 6

Gallup Police are investigating a burglary that occurred on April 6 at a home on Red Rock Drive.

The homeowner told police someone had entered his residence and had gotten in by prying open a back screen. He said he had a number of guns inside the house and he wanted police to search it before he entered.

When the search was completed, they found three guns missing, as well as some jewelry and three gold coins. The items that were missing were valued at more than $4,600.

There are no suspects.



Gallup, March 29

A quiet night out at the Sports Page Bar on March 29 ended for one patron with a bloody face.

Jim Haskie, of...

Two suspects sought in Family Dollar robbery

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The Gallup Police Department is looking for two men involved in the robbery of the Family Dollar Store located at the American Heritage Shopping Center April 5.

According to police, the two men came in and robbed the clerk of an unspecified amount of money at knifepoint. During the robbery, one of the men was heard saying “Get the gun. Get the gun,” according to the report. However, no gun was displayed during the robbery.

Police have video surveillance of the incident which shows that both men were black. Both were wearing caps, but had no covering over their faces.

The first suspect is described as about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a slim build. He was wearing faded jeans...


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Ben Lynch III

April 4, 2:12 pm

Aggravated DWI (7th DWI)

Gallup Patrolman Adrian Quetawki said he was on DWI patrol when he was sent to a Gallup gas station after someone called in and reported a reckless driver.

Once he got there, he met Lynch, 55, of Gallup, whom he said showed signs of being intoxicated. Lynch admitted he had been drinking earlier in the day and agreed to do the standard field sobriety tests.

When he began the testing, Quetawki said Lynch had trouble understanding the instructions and finally just called a halt to the testing. He refused to take a breath alcohol test.

When he found out that Lynch had six prior convictions and was on the felony DWI list...

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