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FBI investigating body found in trunk of burning car near Church Rock

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The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating a body that was found in the trunk of a burning car near Church Rock, N.M.

The body, which was badly burned, was taken to the state Office of the Medical Investigator for determination of cause of death and identification.

The vehicle, believed to be a Dodge Avenger SXT, was discovered on fire off Pipeline Road, in an isolated area north of Church Rock July 15.

Anybody with information about this incident, or who recalls seeing anything suspicious in the area on July 15 between the hours of 6 and 7 am, is asked to call the FBI at (505) 889-1300 or online at tips.fbi.gov.

Wild, drunken ride ends in two arrests Saturday

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BOOKED: DRUNK WOMAN DRIVER, GUN-WAVING MAN 

A Church Rock, N.M. man and woman remain in custody after a wild, gun-waving ride on Gallup's north side late Saturday afternoon.

Calls began pouring into Metro Dispatch at about 4:30 pm, about someone waving a gun out of the window of a red sedan traveling south on U.S. Highway 491.

Thanks to those tips from concerned callers, Gallup Police Department officers pulled the suspected vehicle over at Fourth Street and Coal Avenue.

According to a media release issued by GPD Capt. Erin Toadlena-Pablo, there were were three occupants inside of the vehicle at the time of the stop.

Officers gave instructions to the occupants to exit the vehicle, but...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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DEAD MAN FOUND NEAR RAILROAD TRACKS

Mentmore, N. M., June 30

At 2:43 am, Deputy II Michael Harvey of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a man walking on the railroad tracks near Williams Acres in Mentmore, N. M.  But when he arrived at 2:46 am, all he could see was a BNSF train stopped, blocking the Defiance Draw Road crossing.  He contacted Metro dispatch to clear the call at 3:08 am.

Nineteen minutes later he was advised about a pedestrian. Harvey drove around and stopped on the north side of the railroad crossing where he saw a man waving a flashlight.  He talked to the man, Wyatt G. DeWitt.  DeWitt was standing on the south side of the tracks and stated...

Who’s watching the children?

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Gallup Police Officer Richard Rangel III was dispatched to 201 J. M Montoya Blvd.  at 9:20 pm in reference to a possible domestic dispute.

When he arrived he saw three people by a white GMC truck.  He said the male and the small female were pulling on each other. While he parked, he saw the woman run off and the male run behind a trash can, leaving a 13-year-old  girl alone in the middle of the parking lot.  He told the male to come out, and saw that he had a cut on the right side of his head.  He had bloodshot eyes and alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and a stumbling walk. Rangel placed him in cuffs in the back of his police unit.

He questioned the young girl,  who said her...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Becky Martinez

June 9, 8:07 pm

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Patrolman Julio Yazzie was dispatched to Allsup’s South, 1801 S. Second St., in reference to a police request, when he noticed a brown Chevrolet Tahoe going west on Nizhoni Boulevard. The vehicle matched the description in the request, so Yazzie conducted a traffic stop.

Yazzie made contact with Becky Martinez, 36, of Albuquerque, who had two children in the back of her vehicle with no child seats.

Martinez agreed to take the standard field sobriety test, but had trouble following directions. Yazzie read her the implied consent advisory, but Martinez refused to be tested.

Martinez was charged with aggravated DWI, driving...
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