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Thoreau man charged with 2021 murder

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A man named Shannon Brown called the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and said that two men were following and threatening him. Deputies met with Brown in Thoreau, but then several hours later found him unconscious near the intersection of Indio Road and State Highway 371. He was declared deceased at the scene.

One of...

Gallup man caught shoplifting in Albuquerque

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A Gallup man has been charged with shoplifting after he robbed an Albuquerque Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Albuquerque police officers were dispatched to the store at 3550 NM. Hwy. 528 around 2:15 pm Feb. 8.  Two men had reportedly robbed the store, and one of them was Fernando Julian Baeza, 39, from Gallup.

While one of the officers was driving to the scene he was informed over the radio that the men were last seen in a dirt lot behind the apartments located at 10131 Coors Blvd. NW.

Once the two men were detained, the Dicks Sporting Goods store manager arrived at the scene and confirmed that the two men were the ones who had stolen from his store.

The manager said the two men had come...

MCSO, Navajo Police arrest vehicular homicide suspect

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Anonymous tip leads officers

McKinley County Sheriff James Maiorano III and two Navajo Nation deputies from the Window Rock division recently acted on a bench warrant and were able to arrest Duane Yazzie after he failed to comply with his conditions of release.  Yazzie, 45, was originally arrested after he crashed into a motorcycle with his car on Sept. 19, 2020, killing one person and injuring another.

On that day, McKinley County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Sagebrush Liquor, 452 State Hwy. 264A in Yahtahey, around 6 pm after a car crash was reported.

When Deputy Dwayne Holder arrived at the scene, he reportedly found Yazzie lying on the median in the center of the road...

Teen murdered at Ford Canyon Park

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A 15-year-old boy was found dead after shots were fired at Ford Canyon Park.

Metro Dispatch received an emergency call about shots being fired at the park on Feb. 17, around 4:30 pm. Two people were allegedly seen running from the scene.

When officers arrived at the scene they found the 15-year-old injured with multiple gunshot wounds. The young man was transported to the local hospital where he later died.

GPD Detectives are seeking information and witnesses. They’re also asking for information from individuals or businesses that have Ring cameras or security cameras from the area.

No suspect(s) have been positively identified. Call Metro Dispatch at (505)722-2002 or the McKinley...

Man sues GPD after being wrongfully accused of a crime

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A confusing situation of mistaken identity led to a man named Anthony Marquez being charged with a crime he did not commit. He is now suing the Gallup Police Department and the City of Gallup.

A woman called Metro Dispatch Sept. 13, 2020, to report that her ex-boyfriend was stalking her. She claimed he called her 30 times and texted her 100 times. He allegedly accused his ex of sending police to his house.

According to Anthony’s attorney A. Blair Dunn’s complaint document, which was filed in the  State of New Mexico McKinley County Eleventh Judicial District Court, his client’s name was mistakenly written down by Metro Dispatch, and that led to Gallup police officers arriving at...

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