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Gallup woman charged with manslaughter after vehicle rollover, infant death

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Mariah Chapo, 27, of Gallup, was sentenced to a five-year term of probation after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter for drunkenly rolling her vehicle and killing an 8-month-old boy who was ejected from the vehicle.

According to court document, on Feb. 11, 2022, Chapo, an enrolled member of the Navajo...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Gallup, June 5

A Gallup man is facing charges after he was caught with fentanyl by the same officer who arrested him for drug possession in 2022.

While on duty on June 5, Gallup Police Department Narcotics Agent Timothy Hughte noticed three men standing outside McDonald’s North, 700 U.S. Hwy. 491. In his police report, Hughte states that he believed the men were smoking fentanyl because he could see one of them ingesting something on a foil and using a metal straw-like item.

When Hughte approached the men two of them turned and walked away. But he was able to speak to the other man, who was identified as Ty Treetop. Treetop, 32, was holding a metal pipe to his lips and...

Weekly DWI Report

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Brandon Lewis

May 31, 3:48 pm

Aggravated DWI (Third)

Pulling over to fix a trailer tire eventually led to the arrest of a Gallup man, Brandon Lewis, 47, for his third DWI.

Gallup Police Officer Daniel Brown traveled to Wildcat Tire & Service at 2500 E. Hwy. 66 after a caller advised that a driver was pulling a tractor that was missing a tire. The caller also stated that the driver was reportedly very intoxicated and had an open container in their vehicle.

Brown arrived at the business and found the vehicle, a white Chevrolet pickup truck pulling a travel trailer that was missing a tire on its left side. He approached the vehicle and found the driver, Lewis, unconscious...

Thoreau woman charged with involuntary manslaughter

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A Thoreau woman was charged by indictment with involuntary manslaughter.

Nora Abeita, 49, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, appeared before a federal judge on June 4 and will remain on conditions of release pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to the indictment, on May 28, 2023, Abeita was driving without due caution when she killed a man.

If convicted of the current charges, Abeita faces up to eight years in prison.

The Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Nation Police Department and the Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall...

Brimwall man sentenced to 21 years in prison

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A Brimhall man was sentenced to 21 years in prison on June 4 after pleading guilty to second-degree murder of a man whose body he later burned in an attempt to conceal the evidence.

According to court documents, on July 1, 2019, an individual brought Gilbert John, Jr. a stolen car and told him to «get rid of» a person locked in the trunk. John and the individual drove around smoking meth before stopping in a remote area using back roads.

When the victim tried to escape from the trunk, John stabbed the victim repeatedly with a machete and slammed the trunk door on him. After driving the car to a residence and leaving it for days, John later towed the car to a remote area and set it on...

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