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Hit-and-run suspect flees, caught

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A Gallup man was jailed Sept. 3 on a $10,000 bond after a hit and run following an accident along the Miyamura Overpass, officials said.

Gallup Police Department Officer Ryan Blackgoat wrote in a report that Gregory Lee, 40, left the scene of an accident and  became belligerent once he was caught in Indian Hills.

Lee was...

Knife-wielding suspect stabs father, jailed

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A Gallup man remained jailed Sept. 15 on a $5,000 bond after his Sept. 6 arrest by deputies with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office on an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge.

Deputy Arnold Noriega wrote in a police report that the father of Earl Gabriel Murphy, 29, known as “Poncho,” was stabbed in the under-arm area after an alleged fight with his son.

The fight started when Murphy, referred to as “Gabe” in the report, asked his father for an undisclosed amount of money.

“Poncho Sr. asked Gabe why he didn’t ask for money a long time ago when he was up and not relaxing,” Noriega wrote. “Gabe got upset with this, yelled at his father and told him not to...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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9/10, GALLUP

At 11:47 am, Gallup Police Department Officer Nicola Martinez and a fellow officer were dispatched to the Allsup’s at 1801 S. Second St., where a victim said Anthony Palacios, 40, tried to run him over and brandished a firearm.

At Allsup’s, Martinez reportedly met with the victim, who said he went there to buy some drinks, when he noticed a maroon SUV. He knew the driver, Palacios, he said, from past conflicts. Palacios held a firearm and shouted at the victim, who worried Palacios would shoot toward his wife and kids. He walked toward Palacios, who was still in the vehicle.

“[The victim] stated he told Palacios to get out and fight him,”...

Suspect face-butts deputy

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What was initially reported as a domestic violence situation in east Gallup turned into an aggravated battery on a peace officer charge for a Gallup man, according to a Sept. 8 police report.

Merlin Benally of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office said Christopher Sam, 25, face-butted him at least once while officers attempted get him to a police car.

“He leaned forward, looked back at me, threw his head back and rammed the left side of his face into my face,” Benally recorded in the report. “[Sam] continued to be combative and refused to get into a [police vehicle].”

The initial call from dispatch was for assistance in a domestic situation between Sam and an unidentified...


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Legal limit is .08

Donnie Barney

Sept. 11, 8:58 pm

4th DWI, Aggravated

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Lorenzo A. Guerrero was advised of a vehicle with a possibly drunk driver at T&R Market at 667 N. Hwy. 491 in Yatahay. Guerrero was informed the vehicle was in the parking lot and security was on hand.

On arrival, Guerrero met with a security guard who said the vehicle had been parked at a pump when he first made contact with the driver, who was slumped inside. There was an open container of beer in the car. The driver drove to the parking lot.

Guerrero found the pickup truck there, with a male and a female inside. The female was in the driver’s seat...

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