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Tractor trailer driver arrested for DWI

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A man driving a tractor trailer was arrested for a DWI.

A freightliner tractor-trailer, driven by Johnnie Ray Punch Jr., 45, of Houston, Texas, entered the Gallup Port of Entry on Sept. 2 around 12 pm. Inspectors told Punch to park in the main parking lot to purchase a needed permit.  Instead of parking as inspectors had...

More than 1 million fentanyl pills found in Albuquerque

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The Albuquerque FBI Violent Gang Task Force executed 16 federal search warrants in various locations in Albuquerque and at Bernalillo County’s Metropolitan Detention Center on Sept. 1 as part of an ongoing RICO/VICAR investigation targeting violent street and prison gangs.

More than a dozen federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, including SWAT teams from the Albuquerque, Denver, and El Paso FBI field offices, participated in what could be the largest ever fentanyl takedown in New Mexico.

“We don’t do anything in isolation here in New Mexico,” Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the Albuquerque FBI Division said. “We work everything in cooperation with our...

Drunk driver becomes violent, damages police car

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A man was driving drunk and became violent with police when they pulled him over. He also damaged a police car.

On Aug. 29, around 9 am, Gallup Police Officer Alana Bradley was driving eastbound on Highway 66 near the intersection of Second Street when she noticed a gray car driving westbound on Highway 66 try to make a left hand turn onto Second Street, which is one-way street.

Bradley was able to pull the vehicle over, and when he pulled the car over, the driver, who was identified as Alexander Grebb, stuck his head out the window. When Bradley approached him and explained why she’d pulled him over, Grebb, 31, said he was sorry. When Bradley asked for his license, registration, and...

Missing endangered runaway

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The Gallup Police Department is asking for assistance from the public locating Tyesha Yuselew, 14, of Gallup.  She is 5’6” tall, weighs 100 lbs., and has short black hair with green, orange and red colored highlights.

She was last seen at 1904 Mossman Ave. on Sept. 8, around 2 am  She was last seen wearing khaki pants and a black t-shirt with a design on it.  She had on black high-top shoes with yellow laces on one shoe, and white laces on the other.  She has a yellow bracelet on her left arm with scars along her wrists.

If you have information on the whereabouts of Tyesha Yuselew, contact the GPD at (505) 726-5466 or dial 911.


Requesting leftover pizza

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Man breaks store’s door after not getting what he wants

A man became angry when he couldn’t get some leftover Papa John’s pizza and ended up shattering the store’s door.

On Aug. 26, around 4:30 pm, Gallup Police Officer Darius Johnson was dispatched to the Papa John’s Pizza at 2102 E. Hwy. 66 when the store’s manager called into police about some property damage.

When he arrived at the scene Johnson met with the store manager, who said a man who was later identified as Christopher Laughing came in wearing a red shirt and khaki shorts. The manager said Laughing, 40, began bothering her employees.

The manager said Laughing asked for leftover food, and when he was told...

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