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Juan Casuse Jr, 52, Crownpoint, NM

Casuse was arrested May 16 on his fifth driving while intoxicated after McKinley County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) were called to the area of Highway 491 and Chino Loop in regards to a vehicle crash. He was also charged with lack of proof of insurance, vehicles approaching or...

Drunk woman abandons 8 year old

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Valcita Begay, 34, of Gallup, was arrested May 15 after Gallup Police Department officers were called to the apartments on Elm Circle to do a welfare check on a small female child.

According to the police report, filed by Officer Jessie Diaz, when they first arrived at the apartment, he saw a male carrying out a the child. T

The man, Robby Emerson, 29 of Church Rock, told Diaz that he was the girl’s uncle and that she had called him because she was scared of her mother.

Emerson’s sister arrived and gained access into the apartment that Begay was refusing to let the officer’s in.

Emerson and the child, reportedly told Diaz that she (the child) had been thrown down by Begay and...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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Gallup Police Department wants their citizens to wear their seat belts and watch out for scams. The Click It or Ticket National Mobilization period has begun and officers are working hard to check that all those traveling in vehicles are wearing their seat belts.

“Everybody wear your seat belts, everyone in the vehicle, even passengers have to wear their seat belts,” Capt. Rick White, spokesperson, said. “Seat belts save lives, all passengers in the vehicle have got to be buckled up or they will also get tickets.”

There is also another scam going around Gallup and McKinley County. According to White, citizens have been receiving phone calls from callers that tell them their...

No crystal ball for NM revenue projections

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The amount of money expected to come into New Mexico’s coffers this year looks better than previous estimates, but with several caveats.

At the beginning of the year, dipping oil and gas prices put the state’s projected surplus lower than previously expected levels.

But now, new projections show $136 million more coming to New Mexico in revenue through the end of the year, a 2.2 percent increase compared to similar forecasts in February.

In total, revenue projections for New Mexico add up to $6.25 billion.

Yet while the projections look good and news headlines gush over this seemingly sudden and unexpected “money under the mattress,” state Legislative Finance Committee Chief...

Sham cancer charities bilked millions from consumers

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SANTA FE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, all 50 States and the District of Columbia in a complaint charging four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers.

The defendants told donors their money would help cancer patients, including children and also women suffering from breast cancer, but the overwhelming majority of donations benefitted only the perpetrators, their families, friends, and fundraisers.

“Our office works diligently to protect New Mexicans from scammers and fraudsters, but this case is repulsive. We must support legitimate charities and stamp out...

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