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Police asking for help on solving hit-and-run case

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On Oct. 24, officers of the Gallup Police Department responded to the area of 173 E. Highway 66 around 9:51 pm, in reference to a deceased female.

The Detective Division of the Gallup Police Department was notified to investigate.

As a result of the investigation, it was determined that a Native American female had died as...

ATF offers reward for stolen guns

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In a report released Oct. 17, the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, has announced a combined reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Zuni Mountain Pawn, a federal firearms licensee located in Thoreau, N.M.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Anthony Ashley said McKinley County Crime Stoppers has added another $1,000 to the pot, bringing the total in reward monies to $6,000.

As reported in an August issue of the Sun, an unknown suspect burglarized the pawnshop and stole 13 guns. Nine of...

Start of fun night ends badly, one dead

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No one is talking about when the fun night started for five individuals last Saturday, Oct. 14, but by about 6 pm the fun was over, leaving one dead, one hospitalized in Albuquerque, and one locked up at the McKinley County Detention Center on a charge of Homicide by Vehicle.

Multiple calls were received at Metro Dispatch almost before the dust of the rollover accident with five people inside the Suburban had settled. Four witnesses were still on scene when the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office deputies showed up to fill out witness statements and to investigate the scene.

Two of the occupants were ejected, with Danny Yazzie dead at the scene and Darren Yazzie airlifted to UNM...

Blood drive being held in honor of Lisa Romero-Muniz

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McKinley County Schools will serve as host to United Blood Services to honor the late Lisa Romero-Muniz, a Miyamura High discipline secretary who died during the Las Vegas, NV Route 91 Harvest festival shooting earlier this month.

The drive takes place from 10 am - 2 pm, Oct. 23, at the Student Support Center boardroom, 640 S. Boardman Dr.

To schedule an appointment, call Vanessa Duckett at (505) 721-1200.

AG Balderas announces El Malpais murderer to stay in prison

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CIBOLA COUNTY – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Oct. 19, that Bryce Franklin will stay in prison for the 2012 murder of Fernando Enriquez after the Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General and affirmed his convictions.

The evidence at trial showed that Franklin and an associate brought Enriquez to El Malpais National Monument, where Franklin shot him and pushed his body into a collapsed lava tube. State Police discovered Enriquez’s body and charged Franklin with First Degree Murder.

“Working with our local district attorneys to keep the most dangerous, violent offenders behind bars and away from our families remains our top priority,” Balderas...

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