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Gallup, Sept. 16

A man wasn’t driving drunk, but he was high when police caught up to him.

On Sept. 16, around 8 pm, New Mexico State Police Officer Rachel Hall was driving through McKinley County when she got a call from an off-duty NMSP officer, who told her there was a suspicious person at Taco...

Man threatens woman in bar, grocery store

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A man threatened a woman twice in one day at two different locations.

On Sept. 5, around 4:30 pm, Gallup Police Officer Cindy Romancito was dispatched to 980 U.S. Hwy. 491, Safeway Supermarket, after a man threatened to kill a woman.

When Romancito arrived at the store she met the business’s security guard. The guard said that a woman had approached him and told him that a man was threatening to kill her.

Romancito was able to speak to the victim, who explained that she works at Third Street Tavern at 510 N. Third St., and that afternoon a man walked into the bar and asked for a cigarette. When he was told that no one in the bar had a cigarette, the man, who was later identified as...

Church Rock man stabs another man in the neck

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A man was sitting outside a local business with a friend when another man approached him and stabbed him with a knife.

On Sept. 10, around 4:30 am, Gallup Police Officer Elijah Bowman was dispatched to Premier Carwash, 1115 W. Hwy. 66, after someone was stabbed. A caller told Metro Dispatch that her friend had been stabbed in the neck and the suspect, who was wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, had run off.

By the time Bowman arrived at the scene other officers already had the suspect, who was identified as Fernando Largo, on the ground and in handcuffs.

According to Bowman’s report, the victim had a shirt covering up the cut on his neck when he met up with him. An ambulance...

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Gallup, Sept. 4

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Shirley called over the radio about 8:30 pm to report that he was conducting a welfare check on a motor home near the intersection of Williams Acres and State Highway 118. Shirley said that the vehicle was coming back stolen, and that someone was moving inside the vehicle. Deputy Brandon Salazar drove to the scene to help Shirley out.

While Salazar was driving to the location, Shirley told him that the vehicle had begun to flee from him. According to Salazar’s report, Gallup Police Officers were able to deploy some spike strips, which stopped the vehicle when both the front and rear driver’s side tires were...


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Featured DWI

Owen Barbone

Sept. 2, 6:49 pm

Aggravated DWI (Third)

A Smith Lake man, Owen Barbone, 32, was pulled over for a license plate matter and ended up charged with his third DWI.

McKinley County Deputy Brandon Salazar pulled over a silver GMC Yukon near the intersection of Ollieve and Third Avenue in Thoreau. The Yukon displayed the incorrect license plate that Metro Dispatch advised belonged to a 1978 Ford.

Salazar met the driver, Barbone, who did not provide his driver’s license and proper documentation for the vehicle. Barone showed signs of intoxication as he spoke to Salazar, which the report detailed as slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and smelling of...
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