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Chinle man sentenced to more than 30 years for murder, arson

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PHOENIX – A man from Chinle, Ariz. was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for murder and arson.

According to the FBI report, on April 17, 2020, Alberto Toddy brutally assaulted two victims with a baseball bat inside one of the victim’s homes. Toddy, 35, then intentionally set fire to the home, resulting in the...

Gallup man sentenced to 25 years in prison for 2018 murder

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A Gallup man has been sentenced to prison for a murder he reportedly committed in 2018.

According to an FBI report, Darrell Desiderio and an accomplice conspired to kidnap a victim, identified as John Doe, and take the victim’s truck, on June 7, 2018. The accomplice lured John Doe to Desiderio, 45, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, to assist Desiderio in acquiring a vehicle.

Under the pretense that Desiderio “knew some women who would want to ‘party,’” the accomplice and John Doe picked up Desiderio and drove north of Gallup to a remote area. Desiderio ordered John Doe to pull over and pressed a knife to his throat. During a struggle for the...

Two people threaten man with a knife, steal his SUV

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A man and woman are both facing charges after they reportedly stole a man’s SUV.

On April 21, McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Timo Molina received a call from a man who said that a man stole his vehicle after he threatened him with a knife.

According to Molina’s report, the victim said he’d been filling up at the Speedway on the west side of Gallup when he was approached by a man, who was later identified as Aaron Tso. The victim said he’d met Tso, 29, earlier at American’s Best Value Inn. The victim also noted that a woman, who was later identified as Kylie Shay, was with Tso.

Tso asked the victim for a ride, and he allowed Tso and Shay, 25, to hop into his blue 2004...

Weekly DWI Report

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Featured DWI

Herbert Dee Jr.

Dec. 8, 12:56 pm

Aggravated DWI (Sixth)

Gallup Police pulled over a vehicle that was swerving across the road and eventually arrested the driver, Herbert Dee Jr., 42, of Church Rock, and charged him with a sixth DWI.

Officer Julio Yazzie was dispatched to Hassler Valley Road in reference to a reckless driver. Yazzie traveled westbound on County Road 5 towards the National Guard Armory at 1480 Hassler Valley Rd. when he passed a vehicle matching the suspect description traveling east. Yazzie turned to follow the vehicle, a Nissan Armada, which pulled into the parking lot of the New Mexico Department of Transportation patrol building and...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Gallup, Dec. 1

A woman was caught with less than a gram of meth on her during a traffic stop.

On Dec. 1, around 12:45 pm, McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Salazar stopped a vehicle on U.S. Highway 491, and when he did so he found two people in the truck, along with some drug paraphernalia. Salazar met the man driving the truck and the woman riding shotgun, who was identified as Syrita Jim.

Salazar found meth and some syringes when Jim, 23, allowed him to search through her backpack. Less than a gram of meth was found in the backpack, but Jim was still charged with possession of a controlled substance. Her preliminary examination is scheduled for Jan...

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