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Unattended death in Mossman neighborhood

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A pedestrian walking in the area of Julie Drive and McKee, in the Mossman area, found an unresponsive male Aug. 29. When paramedics arrived, they confirmed that he was deceased. Gallup Police Department officers responded to the scene at about 8:13 am.

GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said foul play isn’t believed to be a...

Sudden death on a busy highway

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It happened almost in the blink of an eye, at 5:33 am Tuesday morning; an alert interstate trucker noticed a pedestrian on I-40 westbound near mile marker 20. With no warning the male walker moved into the right hand lane of traffic and continued into the left hand lane. The impact, with the semi-tractor and trailer moving at 65 mph was little more than a cloud of dust, as described by an eyewitness following behind the large truck.

“I saw his brake lights come on as the truck moved to the left lane,” said the witness from Florida, according to Gallup Police Officer Adrian Quetawki’s report. “… Then the brake lights came on again as the driver made this evasive maneuver. A...

Man sets self on fire at Ford Canyon Park

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A man, whose name hasn’t been released pending notification of next of kin, died en route to a local hospital from severe burns.

Gallup Police Department officers arrived on scene around midnight after receiving a call about a tree possibly being on fire. But, when officers arrived, they found a man suffering from severe injuries and a can of accelerant, likely gas, in the area.

“… It’s pretty disturbing,” GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said.

There doesn’t appear to be any foul play involved in the incident, based on a preliminary investigation of the scene.


Man found deceased at Allsup’s west

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A man found deceased in his truck at Allsup’s west by a store customer Aug. 30, has been identified as Michael James Yazzie, 73, of Sawmill, Ariz.

Gallup Police responded to the scene at about 7:05 pm. A store clerk said the victim had been parked outside of the store for at least a couple of hours before the curious customer intervened.

The witness told police that Yazzie had no pulse, and paramedics confirmed this when they arrived on scene. Foul play doesn’t appear to be a factor in this case, GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said, and it appears Yazzie likely passed away from natural causes.

Police Activity Report

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Lots of warrants, three criminal complaints, and a smattering of other items make up the police activity for the Gallup Police Department and the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office this last week.

GPD Warrants

Marcelino M. Angeles (Magistrate Court), Chandler Chavez (Out of County), Alfrain Cross (Magistrate Court), James Deschine (Magistrate Court), Herman Jim (Out of County), Emanuel Lewis (Parole/Probation), Shawn A. Platero (Magistrate Court), Sharrie L. Ryan (Municipal Court), Christopher Sam (Parole/Probation), Ferlanda Smith (Parole/Probation), Serena Soce (Municipal and Magistrate Courts), Sharon Tolino (Municipal Court), Tyrell Wilson (Out of County), and Marvin Yazzie...

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