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MCSO needs help identifying human remains

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In an email sent to the Sun on Oct. 13, the McKinley County Sheriff's Office provided an update about where they are in their attempts to identify the human remains that were discovered on Nov. 17, 2021.

Very few bones were recovered, but what MCSO reported was that the remains are from a man who was either Native...

Three men reportedly caught with fentanyl at hotel

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Three men were caught with fentanyl at America’s Best Inn.

On Sept. 29, around 4:30 am, an employee from America’s Best Value Inn, 2003 U.S. Hwy. 66, called Metro Dispatch and said three men were hanging out in a room that was supposed to be vacant. Officers Warren Bowannie and Gilbert Gonzales arrived at the hotel and met three individuals in Room 115: Mark Bingaman, Rudy Cruz, and a man the police could only identify as “John Doe.”

The officers found knives, tools, hammers, and steroids that were in vials spread out on the bed. Cruz, 56, told the officers that the items had been in the room when they got there, and that none of the things belonged to any of them. He said...


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Artencio Lynch

May 11, 11:42 pm

Aggravated DWI (Fourth)

Failure to use turn signals led to Artencio Lynch, 36, of Gallup, being pulled over and arrested for his fourth DWI.

Gallup Officer Julio Yazzie was on saturation patrol near South Second Street and Nizhoni Boulevard when he saw a brown Kia Spectra driving southbound looking ready to pull off into the Family Dollar lot east of the road. However, the vehicle did not use its turn signal as it merged into the left lane, paused for a moment, and then merged back into the right lane without signaling.

Yazzie followed the vehicle as it continued south on Second Street across the Highway 602 intersection and eventually...


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Cameron Edward Smith

Sept. 24, 5:16 am

DWI (Third)

A motor vehicle crash on Interstate 40 resulted in a Church Rock man, Cameron Smith, 25, being arrested and charged with his third DWI.

New Mexico State Police Officer Rachel Hall was patrolling within McKinley County when Central Communications Dispatch advised that a DUI incident had occurred near the 19 mile marker of I-40. Hall was dispatched to the scene to assist Gallup Police Department.

Hall arrived at the scene and met GPD Officers Ryan Boucher and Elijah Bowman, who said they administered the Standard Field Sobriety Tests,  and the driver, Smith, had performed poorly on the tests, but did not...

Alleged truck thief arrested

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A call to Metro Dispatch about several intoxicated persons in a vehicle led to Teilani Lahaleon, 36, of Zuni, being arrested for driving a stolen vehicle.

About 6:26 am on Sept. 20, the calling party at Maverick East, 3540 E. Hwy. 66, stated to Metro Dispatch that three males and one female were reportedly cruising  around the building in a black Ford F-150. The trio was allegedly sharing a bottle of vodka.

The caller stated the F-150 had parked next to another black truck and the occupants were standing around the vehicle.

Metro Dispatch ran the license plate number given by the calling party and confirmed it matched a vehicle that had been registered as stolen by the Zuni Police...

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