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McKinley County, Zuni OK law enforcement pact

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The McKinley County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a mutual law enforcement agreement Feb. 21 with the McKinley County Sherriff’s Office and the Zuni Pueblo Tribal Police Department. The action took place at the regular county meeting and was not met with opposition.

Commissioners Bill Lee, Carol...

McKinley County passes resolution supporting the restriction of alcohol sales

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HB162 and SB 124 winding through state legislative committees

The McKinley County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Feb. 7 related to the support of two bills making their way through the New Mexico Legislature. The bills, HB 162 and SB 124, deal with liquor control and contain provisions for certain local option districts to restrict the hours of the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Commissioner Bill Lee abstained on the vote and its prior discussion. The matter was introduced by McKinley County Attorney Doug Decker and Gallup City Manager Maryann Ustick, who asked commissioners to support the resolution.

“We’re asking for an OK to this resolution,” Ustick said...

Kentucky fugitives caught in Gallup

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GPD converges on Super 8 hotel

Two Kentucky fugitives with outstanding warrants remained jailed Feb. 22 at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center without bond, officials said.

Derrick Thomas, 23, of Mt. Sterling, Ky., and Elizabeth Neal, 22, of Owen, Ky., were taken into custody on first degree assault and Neal was jailed on a bond violation warrant, according to police documents.

Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said a “tip” was received at GPD from Kentucky authorities about Thomas and Neal possibly staying at the Super 8 hotel at 1715 W. Historic Highway 66 in Gallup.

Thomas allegedly shot two people on Feb. 17 in Owen...

Gallup Council OKs DWI 2nd, 3rd ruling

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The Gallup City Council unanimously passed an ordinance at its Feb. 14 regular meeting that deals with subsequent driving while intoxicated offenses and the passing of such offenses to municipal court.

City Attorney George Kozeliski introduced the mater to council members which went over with little discussion.

In providing some background on the matter, Kozeliski noted that the city amended its DWI ordinance in 2014 to take jurisdiction over second and third DWI offenses that had been previously prosecuted in magistrate court.

“Recently, the municipal court has been informed that the misdemeanor compliance office that handles DWI probations for the city may or may not be (handling...


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The legal limit is .08

Larrack Begay

Feb. 20, 1:30 am

5th DWI, Aggravated

Begay was pulled over near the Motel 6 on West Hwy 66 for driving without headlights on. MCSO Deputy Arnold Noriega could smell booze coming from the interior of the vehicle.

According to the report, Noriega asked Begay how much he had to drink, in which he replied, “too much.”

When asked whether he wanted to take the field sobriety tests, Begay responded: “just take me to jail.”

Noriega noted in the report that he had to place a spit mask on Begay as he became combative and began to spit, kick and yell. He even reportedly kicked another deputy in the arm.

He blew a .21 and .20 during the...

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