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Felon arrested after shots fired

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Lance Ortiz, 28, of Iyanbito, NM, was arrested June 11 after three people told police that he fired shots at them.

According to the report, filed by Gallup Police Department Officer DeWayne Holder, Jasmine Hopkins, 25, Shirley Suina, 39, and Kenneth Martinez Jr., 37, all of Brimhall, NM were at Duke City Gas Station on...


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It was ladies week in this latest round up of DWI reports.

Bertha Blackgoat, 55, Mentmore, NM

Blackgoat was arrested for Aggravated DWI and driving on divided streets June 13 after a crash involving her vehicle took place on Rocco Circle. Gallup Police Department Officer Jessie Diaz stated in his report that Blackgoat was arrested after failing several field sobriety tests. She told Diaz that she had one margarita with dinner and was driving to her friend’s house. She blew a .16, twice the legal driving blood alcohol limit, on a breath test and was booked on the charges.

Topaz Hammitt, 26, P.O. Box Gallup

Hammitt was arrested May 22, on her second DWI, this one aggravated...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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In order to better serve our readers, this section is broken up by area/neighborhood.

South Second Street Business District

Gallup Fire Department and Police Department discovered the body of Albert Hunt, 48, of Breadsprings, NM June 11, laying in the area of the Pepsi Cola Plant on Apache Circle. Capt. Rick White said that they are awaiting the results of the toxicology report and that there were no signs of foul play.

McKinley County Sheri

Office assisted GPD on a fight call June 12 in the area of 1502 South Second Street. Tracey Begaye, 27, of Breadsprings and Ramsey Lee, 36, of Blackhat told officers that they had been beaten up for their “drinks.” Begaye was taken to...

Stealing from the youth of Gallup. Thieves target park concession stands

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Between a new board, trouble finding coaches, disruptive parents and poor sportsmanship, it has been a tumultuous year for the Gallup Amateur Baseball Softball Association.

However, the most heart wrenching part of the season has been the half dozen concession stand burglaries that have hurt the league, the youth, the Community Pantry and the various groups using the stands as a way to raise funds for their own youth groups.

Kevin Menapace, president of the league, said thieves are stealing from the kids. He explained that the league was renting the concession stands in order to have money to pay umpires and to pay for tournaments and other things for the youth of the...

New Land Withdrawal Designation Regulations Approved

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Resources and Development Committee of the Navajo Nation Council passed a resolution on Tuesday, June 16th approving the Land Withdrawal Designation Regulation to designate land for future development.

The Navajo Land Department has been working diligently to amend regulations to clarify and expedite the land withdrawal designation process, which was causing a little confusion among the chapters and making project time lines longer.

These regulations will enhance the chapter Land Use Plans. Navajo Nation Land Department Director Mike Halona, stated, “We’re trying to clarify the difference between a land withdrawal designation process and land conveyance...

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