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Felon arrested after shots fired

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Lance Ortiz, 28, of Iyanbito, NM, was arrested June 11 after three people told police that he fired shots at them.

According to the report, filed by Gallup Police Department Officer DeWayne Holder, Jasmine Hopkins, 25, Shirley Suina, 39, and Kenneth Martinez Jr., 37, all of Brimhall, NM were at Duke City Gas Station on...


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It was ladies week in this latest round up of DWI reports.

Bertha Blackgoat, 55, Mentmore, NM

Blackgoat was arrested for Aggravated DWI and driving on divided streets June 13 after a crash involving her vehicle took place on Rocco Circle. Gallup Police Department Officer Jessie Diaz stated in his report that Blackgoat was arrested after failing several field sobriety tests. She told Diaz that she had one margarita with dinner and was driving to her friend’s house. She blew a .16, twice the legal driving blood alcohol limit, on a breath test and was booked on the charges.

Topaz Hammitt, 26, P.O. Box Gallup

Hammitt was arrested May 22, on her second DWI, this one aggravated...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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In order to better serve our readers, this section is broken up by area/neighborhood.

South Second Street Business District

Gallup Fire Department and Police Department discovered the body of Albert Hunt, 48, of Breadsprings, NM June 11, laying in the area of the Pepsi Cola Plant on Apache Circle. Capt. Rick White said that they are awaiting the results of the toxicology report and that there were no signs of foul play.

McKinley County Sheri

Office assisted GPD on a fight call June 12 in the area of 1502 South Second Street. Tracey Begaye, 27, of Breadsprings and Ramsey Lee, 36, of Blackhat told officers that they had been beaten up for their “drinks.” Begaye was taken to...


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Sophia Endischee, 43, Window Rock, Ariz.

Endischee was booked into McKinley County Adult Detention Center June 2 after she struck another vehicle and left the area. The victim of the hit and run followed Endischee to a residence on Belle Drive and called police. Gallup Police Department Officer DeWayne Holder charged Endischee for DWI, immediate notice of an accident and open container in a motor vehicle.

John A. Garcia, 43, Gallup, NM

Garcia was arrested June 6 by GPD Officer Jessie Diaz when he was found speeding on Highway 66. Garcia readily admitted that he had come from a bar and ended up blowing a .17, .16 on the breathalyzer machine. Garcia was charged with Aggravated DWI...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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Three individuals were arrested for robbery after they took a bag from a male while all four were walking from the Gallup Detox facility June 3. According to the police report, filed by GPD Officer Andrea Tsosie, 67-year-old Tommy Youngbear called police after his Wells Fargo bank bag was taken from him.

Youngbear asked Tsosie to take him to the bank so that he could cancel his bank card. On the way, Tsosie and Youngbear spotted the individuals who took Youngbear’s items, and they were found in possession on most of Youngbear’s belongings.

Eric Emerson, 26, of Window Rock, Ariz. , Nicole Thompson, 21 of Tohatchi, NM and Rose Cadman, 44, of...

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