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NMSP vehicle struck by wrong-way DWI driver

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GRANTS — On October 13, 2015 around 7 pm, Motor Transportation Bureau Officer Oscar Destea was working a vehicle crash on Interstate 40 at milepost 95 westbound. During this time, the New Mexico State Police dispatch received a call reporting a wrong-way driver traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40...

‘We are celebrating, not protesting anything’

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While America took a day off to celebrate the so-called founding day of Christopher Columbus, Mervyn Tilden, an local activist, took part in coordinating the “Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2015” event held at the Gallup’s Cultural Center on Oct.12.

Approximately 20 supporters joined him as they spoke historically about the significance of the day.

“There should be called a federal holiday called, ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ and that’s why we went out and we showed the world that we have a voice still and we will not celebrate or honor anyone that has processed genocide, allowed the killing of our people, the plunder of our resources.,” he said. “We are here to say, we...

FBI Media Alert: Woman robs bank in Aztec

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A woman wearing a large white sun hat and sunglasses robbed the Four Corners Community Bank in Aztec Oct. 9.

The suspect is described a Hispanic female, approximately 40-45 years old, about 5’0” tall, with a medium build.

She wore a large white sun hat, sunglasses, a long-sleeved navy blue sweatshirt, and white pants.

Witnesses said the suspect at approximately 11:45 a.m. entered the bank located at 1301 W. Aztec Blvd. and gave a teller a note demanding money.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who left the bank.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the FBI at 505-889-1300.

Tips also can be submitted online at...

Former bail bondsman busted for trafficking

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A five month long, joint investigation between McKinley County Sheriff's Office and the F.B.I. resulted in the arrest of former bail bondsman Billie Cotton. MCSO lead narcotics investigator Pat Salazar said the the arrest and search warrants were served at Cotton's home on 404 Zane St. 6:45 am Monday morning.

"We found six stolen firearms and three altered firearms," he said.

Salazar said the altered firearms were immediately taken into evidence, but adding a silencer or altering a gun to make it to fire faster are common modifications.

Cotton, 58, was booked into the McKinley County Adult Detention Center for trafficking and federal gun charges. He's currently being held in federal...

BREAKING NEWS: Woman's body found in field

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Gallup Police Department responded to a call about a woman found unconscious in a field, north of Magic Car Wash on West Jefferson Avenue Wednesday morning. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

An official from the Office of the Medical Investigator arrived on scene to investigate the death. GPD Capt. and spokesman Rick White said based on the preliminary investigation, it appears that that no foul play was involved and she died sometime during that night.

The Native American woman was sleeping on a tarp and was covered with a blanket when a woman from a nearby homeless encampment discovered her body. Police arrived on the scene, shortly before 7:30 am.

White said the woman had no...

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