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Wrong way driver killed in semi-truck collision

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A car was driving in the wrong direction on I-40 when it collided with a semi-truck, killing Falisha Leuppe, 43, of Coyote Canyon, Ariz.,  during the early morning hours of April 3.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Shane Bennett and his crew handled the crash scene, close to the 5-mile marker on eastbound...

DWI: Gallup police sergeant busted on motorcycle

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Refuses field sobriety, breath tests

A Gallup police sergeant reportedly went for a short, but drunken ride on his motorcycle while off duty.

The driver – Sgt. Neil Yazzie.

The story unfolded April 3, shortly after 1 am, when Gallup police requested assistance from New Mexico State Police.

NMSP Officer Alejandro Solis-Torres responded to the scene at the intersection of Ford Drive and Aztec Avenue. He immediately noticed Yazzie’s motorcycle on its side in the road.

After checking the motorcycle’s license plate, Solis-Torres saw that the registration was suspended.

According to the criminal complaint, GPD shift supervisor Officer Dominic Molina told Solis-Torres that a...

Woman’s body found in Laguna Pueblo, N.M.

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The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Mona Renee Vallo.

On March 9, passers-by discovered the body of Vallo on U.S. Route 66, Highway 124, mile marker 20, in Laguna Pueblo, N.M.

Her injuries were consistent with a hit-and-run crash.  She may have been struck at approximately 7 pm on March 9.

“The deaths of too many Native American men and women remain unsolved,” Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda of the Albuquerque FBI Division said in a press release. “We are working with the Pueblo of Laguna Public Safety Department to give Mona’s family the justice they...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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ANOTHER STRIKE FOR PILL PUSHER

Gallup, March 28

A Gallup man with a previous narcotics violation was caught with almost 40 grams of counterfeit fentanyl, along with a list of other drugs.

On March 28, around 11:39 am, Gallup Police Officer Brandon Salazar was on duty when he saw a tan GMC Yukon roll through a stop sign at the intersection of Santa Rita and Ray Avenues.

When he got to the passenger side window, Salazar recognized the driver as Patrick Chiapetti, 25, from Gallup.

Salazar noticed Chiapetti seemed nervous. According to Salazar’s report, Chiapetti was on probation for a previous narcotics violation.

Salazar asked to search the SUV, and Chiapetti gave him...

Six car pile up creates tangled mess at major Gallup intersection

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Driver was allegedly drunk

One Church Rock man decided to drive while intoxicated, and caused a multi-vehicle collision.

On April 1, Gallup Police Officer Matthew Strandy was dispatched to the intersection of Highway 491 and Maloney Avenue due to a white Ford truck that had caused a six vehicle accident. The driver: Gary Largo of Church Rock.

According to the caller, several people had been injured and the driver of the truck was trying to flee the scene.

When Strandy got to the scene around 9:06 pm, he saw several vehicles that all had major damage.

According to the criminal complaint he filed, Strandy began checking each person who was involved in the crash for injuries. He also...

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