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Man shot on Strong Drive in Gallup

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Victim claimed ‘nobody’ shot him

Just after 10:15 pm on Aug. 10, Gallup Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of 802 S. Strong Dr. in reference to a shooting. One person was confirmed shot.

In front of 801 S. Strong Dr., GPD Officer Timonthy Hughte found a male lying on his left side in the street. Two...

Commission picks new county manager

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Dimas no longer ‘interim’

Anthony Dimas was chosen to become McKinley County’s permanent manger based on a unanimous vote by the McKinley County Board of Commissioners.

Dimas, who took over county managerial duties in mid-May after Bill Lee left the job to return to the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce, won the job over five other area candidates.

“I’m happy to have been selected by the commission,” Dimas said after the Aug. 2 county meeting. “From here, I’ll continue a lot of what is already in place.”

Dimas said he’ll place his attention on the county’s master plan and road repair. He said he’ll stay mindful of budgets and will not forget the...

State Police tightlipped on officer-involved shooting

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Fallen suspect’s brother opens up about case

In the early hours of July 24, Alvin Sylversmythe was shot and killed by Gallup Police Department officer(s). Sylversmythe, 30, was reportedly intoxicated and charged at officers while wielding two knives.

The case is currently in the hands of New Mexico State Police, but as of press time, officials have yet to release the name of the officer – or officers – who fired the deadly shot.

NMSP Sgt. Chad Pierce said in an email, dated Aug. 11, that the reason the names of the officers involved in the shooting haven’t been released “is due to the investigative process.”

“Please remember no two investigations are the same as some...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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The legal limit is .08

Rigina Johns

Aug. 6

5th DWI

The New Mexico Department of Transportation announced one of the state’s top 10 DWI fugitives, Rigina Johns, was arrested by the Gallup Police Department. In June, Johns absconded from supervision after being convicted of her fifth DWI. This was the second time Johns ran from the law. She also absconded in 2013 after she was convicted of an aggravated DWI.

“Repeat DWI offenders who are hiding from the law pose a great danger to New Mexico families and can create disasters on our roads,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church said. “I’m glad to report that another one of the top 10 DWI fugitives has been...

Gov tells agencies to cut spending by 5 percent

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State agencies, many of which already saw big budget cuts after the most recent legislative session, will now have to cut spending even further.

A memo sent Aug. 9 by Gov. Susana Martinez says the state will “prepare for and begin reducing general fund spending” by a further five percent.

Martinez blames “persistently low global energy prices, and the resulting drop in drilling activity” for the necessary cuts but says “responsible spending, budgeting and reserve policies over the past five years” make sure the budget situation is not worse.

Senate Finance Committee Chair John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, said last month the state could face a $500 million shortfall in the...

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