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Sending a message to cops

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A Lukachukai man broke a Gallup cannabis store’s window, but it wasn’t because he was upset about marijuana legalization.

On March 9, around 4:05 pm, Gallup Police Officer Julio Yazzie was sitting in his patrol car at the intersection of Ford Drive and Highway 66, when he noticed five people surrounding one man at the...

Potential deadly situation curtailed by cops

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Man gets tasered instead

Police ended up tasing a man from Window Rock after he kept acting like he was going to start fighting them.

On March 9, around 9:16 pm, Gallup Police Officer Matthew Strandy arrived at the Villa De Gallup II, 333 Klagetoh St., because a man had called in saying his grandmother had texted him telling him to call the police.

The man explained that his uncle was highly intoxicated, and that his grandmother was afraid to come out of her room.

When Strandy got to the apartment, the uncle, Keroy Bia, 38, from Window Rock, Ariz., opened the door. According to his report, Strandy could tell Bia was extremely intoxicated, and he became aggressive towards the...


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Featured DWI

Brianna Begay

Jan. 3, 12:56 am

Aggravated DWI (Third)

A visit to a late-night drive-thru resulted in Brianna Begay, 35, of Gallup, being arrested for her third DWI.

Metro Dispatch received a call stating a driver was unresponsive at the wheel of a green Jeep Patriot in the drive-thru at Del Taco at 550 U.S. Hwy. 491.

Gallup Officer Vincent Thompson responded to the call and arrived at the scene and found the vehicle. He knocked on the front window but the driver, Begay, did not respond. Thompson shone his flashlight in her face but she still did not wake. He had to shake the vehicle to wake Begay up.

Thompson told Begay to open the vehicle door but she...

Double trouble

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Breaking in twice, isn’t nice

A Gallup man was charged with two breaking and entering charges within two weeks of each other.

Bartholomew Whitegoat, 24, from Gallup, first broke into a room at the Colonial Motel, 1007 W. Coal Ave., on Feb. 18.

Gallup Police Officer Richard Rangel III was dispatched to the motel at 1:26 am, and he met with the motel owner. She told the officer that some people had broken into Room 159 of her motel, and that no one had been renting that unit.

When Rangel and Officer Aaron Marquez entered the motel room, they found two men and a woman inside, including Whitegoat. The suspects all cooperated and Rangel placed Whitegoat into his unit.

After he...

Meth found in arrested woman’s bra

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What started out as a wellness check eventually turned into a drug charge for one Gallup woman when meth was found in her bra.

Gallup Police Officers Luke Martin, Cindy Romancito, and Julio Yazzie responded to a wellness check at the Ranchito Motel, 1009 West Coal Ave., around 4:47 pm on Feb. 22.

When the officers arrived at the scene, they met a woman who said she was concerned for her sister-in-law. She said her sister-in-law was threatening to commit suicide. She also mentioned that the woman may have a warrant out for her arrest.

The officers met the woman, Clarinda Boone, 42, of Gallup, in room 103 of the motel. In Martin’s report, he notes that Boone was cooperative. She said...

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