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NNPD officer killed in highway collision

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A Navajo Nation Patrol Officer was killed Aug. 30 in a head-on collision that took place near Mile Post 15.5 on Navajo Route 64 between Chinle and Tsaile, Ariz.

The Navajo Nation Police Department has identified the patrol officer as Leander Frank.

According to Jesse Delmar, director of the Division of Public Safety, Frank...

GPD captures Desiderio

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Suspect reportedly stabbed victim near Camille’s

One of McKinley County’s most wanted is now behind bars at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge, officials said.

Marinda Spencer, public information officer at the Gallup Police Department, said Darrell Desiderio, Sr., was taken into custody Aug. 5 after a brief chase downtown. According to the arrest warrant, Desiderio is being held on a $10,000 cash-only bond.

“We were able to apprehend [Mr. Desiderio],” Spencer said. “He put up a short chase, but he is now in jail.”

Desiderio, 39, was the prime suspect in a downtown stabbing that took place Aug. 18. The name of...


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Legal limit is .08

Michelle Raphealito

Aug. 20, 9:33 pm


Traveling westbound on Hwy. 264 near the 11.5-mile marker in Yatahey, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tammy Houghtaling noticed a vehicle turning east on 264 from Sagebrush Avenue; the passenger-side headlight was not working.   Houghtaling pulled the white Chevy pickup over near the 12-mile marker.

The driver, Raphealito, 36, said she misplaced her Arizona license. She smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes.

She failed field sobriety tests and blew .00 during breath testing; she was taken to a local hospital for a blood draw before booking.

Garrett Etsitty

Aug. 20, 7:15 pm


Weekly Crime Blotter

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8/22, GALLUP

At 8:19 am, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Paul Davis, Jr. was notified of a bomb threat by staff at the District Court, 207 W. Hill Ave.

Upon arrival at the court, Davis met with the clerk who’d received the bomb-threat call.

The clerk told Davis that the caller said, “I’m going to blow all you p---sies up… all of you,” and then hung up.

“The caller sounded young, like a teenager and spoke in gangster/thug slang,” the police report states.

A search of the premise was conducted and no suspicious items were found. Employees were allowed to reenter the court, and the clerk who received the call filled out a Department of the Treasury...

How did an alleged killer fall through the cracks?

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Among questions following the gruesome rape and murder last week of an Albuquerque girl that sent shockwaves across New Mexico is how one of the alleged perpetrators was present to commit the violence in the first place.

Fabian Gonzales, one of three being charged in the murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, was supposed to be on supervised probation for a separate crime for a year-and-a-half before the night of Martens’ death.

In February 2015, a judge sentenced Gonzales, 31, to two years of probation after he pleaded guilty to battery and abandonment of a child.

This two-year probation sentence, however, was never enforced.

The sentence prohibited Gonzales from using illegal...

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