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Gallup, March 28

A Gallup man with a previous narcotics violation was caught with almost 40 grams of counterfeit fentanyl, along with a list of other drugs.

On March 28, around 11:39 am, Gallup Police Officer Brandon Salazar was on duty when he saw a tan GMC Yukon roll through a stop...

Six car pile up creates tangled mess at major Gallup intersection

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Driver was allegedly drunk

One Church Rock man decided to drive while intoxicated, and caused a multi-vehicle collision.

On April 1, Gallup Police Officer Matthew Strandy was dispatched to the intersection of Highway 491 and Maloney Avenue due to a white Ford truck that had caused a six vehicle accident. The driver: Gary Largo of Church Rock.

According to the caller, several people had been injured and the driver of the truck was trying to flee the scene.

When Strandy got to the scene around 9:06 pm, he saw several vehicles that all had major damage.

According to the criminal complaint he filed, Strandy began checking each person who was involved in the crash for injuries. He also...


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Featured DWI

Alexander Claw

March 3, 3:26 am

Aggravated DWI (Fourth)

Driving with a suspended license plate led to a Black Hat man, Alexander Claw, 31, being arrested and charged with his fourth DWI.

Gallup Officer Iris Martinez was conducting routine patrols on Highway 66 when she saw a gray Chevrolet passenger car with a New Mexico license plate. Martinez ran the plate through Metro Dispatch, who advised her it was suspended. She turned to follow the vehicle, pulling it over and conducting a traffic stop near D&D Motor Co., 401 W. Hwy. 66.

She met the driver, Claw, and began questioning him. As he spoke, Martinez noticed several signs of intoxication from Claw...

Pine Hill man arraigned for child sexual abuse

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ALBUQUERQUE – Leonard Yazzie, 39, of Pine Hill, N.M., and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, was arraigned in federal court today on a charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a child in Indian Country. Yazzie will remain in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for April 7.

A federal grand jury indicted Yazzie on March 23. According to the indictment, on March 28, 2016, and March 27, 2017, Yazzie allegedly engaged in a sexual act with a victim, identified as Jane Doe. At the time, Jane Doe was under 12 years old. The abuse is alleged to have occurred on the Ramah Navajo Reservation.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is considered innocent unless and until...

Highway 491 collision leaves one person dead

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One person died after a crash on March 19 when a car collided with a parked semi-truck. The victim was later identified as Nicholas Yazzie, 20, from Navajo, N.M.

Around 8 am, the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office was called to a crash on Highway 491 at the 6-mile marker.

According to the Sheriff Office’s Facebook page, the driver of the car drifted out of the right lane partially onto the shoulder of the road and hit a parked semi-truck. The police do not belief that the car stopped at any point.

Yazzie died at the scene. The semi-truck driver was only minorly injured, and his vehicle was not damaged.

The southbound lanes of Highway 491 were reduced to one lane for several hours...

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