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Gallup selects new Police Chief

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Erin Toadlena-Pablo has been selected as the Chief of the Gallup Police Department and is the first woman to serve in the post.


She will take the reins May 2 and is excited to continue the unique community outreach model to which her department is committed. Mayor Louis Bonaguidi and City of Gallup officials invite...

Man caught with fentanyl in his sock

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Metro Dispatch reported a “Reckless Driver” and that driver was eventually charged with possession of a controlled substance after officers found fentanyl on him.

Gallup Police Officer Julio Yazzie was enroute to another call around 6:45 pm on April 8 when he noticed a white SUV that had been called in by Metro Dispatch as a “Reckless Vehicle” throughout the day. The man driving the vehicle was later identified as Avey John Cooeyate.

The vehicle passed Yazzie at the intersection of Ninth Street and Maloney Avenue. He was able to catch up to it as it was getting ready to turn north on Third Street. He performed a traffic stop at the intersection of Third Avenue and Wilson...

Man steals iPhone while getting off a bus

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A man stole a Navajo Transit worker’s phone and is now facing charges of larceny, criminal trespassing, and tampering with evidence.

On March 29, around 1:45 pm, Gallup Police Officer Aaron Marquez was dispatched to the Walmart at 1650 W. Maloney Ave. after a Navajo Transit bus driver called Metro Dispatch and said a man, who was later identified as Raymond Metteba Jr., stole his phone.

When Marquez arrived at the scene he met with the bus driver, who explained that he arrived at the Walmart bus stop about 15 minutes ago. While people were getting on the bus, Metteba stepped on and told him that the bus’s back tire was leaking air.

The bus driver got off the bus to check out the...

Pinedale man pleads guilty to sexual abuse

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A Pinedale man has pled guilty to sexual abuse of a minor.

According to the plea agreement and other court documents, during December 2020,  Sheldon Livingston engaged in a sexual act with a child who was younger than 12 years old. The assault took place in McKinley County on the Navajo Nation.

Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced April 19 that Livingston, 23,  pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact of a child under 12 in Indian Country. Livingston will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

Under the terms of his agreement...

Man steals, throws rocks, gets arrested

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A man has been charged with aggravated battery after he allegedly threw a rock at a gas station employee while he was trying to run away with stolen items.

On April 1 around 1:30 am Gallup Police Officer Patrick Largo was dispatched to the Love’s truck stop at 3380 W. Hwy. 66 after a man named Andrew Damon allegedly threw a rock at one of the truck stop employees.

According to his report, the victim told Largo that his manager had said Damon, 36, and another man were stealing items from the business and stuffing them inside their jackets. The employee followed Damon into the bathroom.

The victim told Largo that he believed Damon was trying to flush items down the toilet. When the...

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