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FBI in New Mexico warns of significant increase in sextortion reports

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The FBI in New Mexico is warning parents and children about a significant increase in the number of sextortion reports during the past year.

From Jan. 1 to Dec. 19, the FBI's National Threat Operations Center received 168 e-tips or calls about possible sextortion cases in New Mexico.

During the same period in 2021, NTOC...

Weekly DWI Report

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Featured DWI

Fala Spencer

Oct. 20, 2:38 am

DWI (Third)

After being pulled over and not cooperating with Gallup Police, Fala Spencer, 21, of Church Rock, was arrested and charged with her third DWI.

Officer Aaron Marquez responded to a request for assistance by Lt. Francis Collins at Miyamura High School, 680 Boardman Dr., during a traffic stop for speeding. Marquez arrived at the scene and saw Collins talking to two passengers near a white GM pickup truck, where the driver was identified as Spencer.

Collins advised Marquez that Spencer would not respond to his commands or questions. She reportedly was on her phone and would not cooperate with the officers. The report...

Man killed in alleged shooting near Pep Boys

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One unidentified man was killed during a shooting at the local Pep Boys.

On Dec. 6, around 11:30 am, Gallup Police Officers were dispatched to Pep Boys, 702 U.S. Hwy. 491, in reference to shots fired.

Patrol officers arrived on scene and found a man who had died from multiple gunshot wounds. The identity of the victim was still unknown at press time.

A video from Pep Boys allegedly showed a vehicle that came to the area with multiple individuals that entered the ditch area east of the Flame of Fire church before shots were heard.

The vehicle is possibly a Honda Ridgeline, and it possibly has star pattern rims and may be green or grayish in color, according to a post on the GPD’s...

Shoulder driving double bust

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Drugs, weapon found in car

Two people were caught with a large amount of fentanyl pills and meth, along with a pistol.

On Nov. 21, around 8:15 am, McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Salazar stopped a blue Nissan Altima when he saw the driver driving on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 491. The driver, Jamie Estrada, 22, pulled into the parking lot of David’s Restaurant, 1377 U.S. Hwy. 491.

According to his report, Salazar noticed that Estrada’s eyes were droopy and bloodshot, and that his pupils were dilated. He was also saying back and forth.

Salazar also checked on the vehicle’s passenger, who was identified as Vanessa Chavez. When Salazar gave her name to Metro...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Gallup, Nov. 13

A man with an outstanding warrant also had meth in his car when a McKinley County Sheriff’s deputy stopped him for not having a license plate.

On Nov. 13, around 12:30 pm, Deputy Brandon Salazar was driving along Chino Loop when he noticed a black Mercedes without a license plate. He pulled the vehicle over, and met the driver, Dominic Warren. In his report, Salazar mentions that he has interacted with Warren, 27, in the past.

According to his report, Salazar noticed some drug paraphilia on the floor of the car’s passenger side. He asked Warren to come to the back of his patrol car, and Warren agreed to do so. He then told Salazar that he had...

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