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Man arrested for attempted robbery at westside gas station

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A Mentmore man was arrested May 1 after he reported trying to rob a woman at a local gas station.

Jarvis Canuto, 43, was charged with attempted robbery and for having an outstanding warrant out of Bernillilo County.

Gallup Police Capt. Marinda Spencer said police received a report about a man trying to rob a woman outside the Mustang Conoco west store, 3302 West Highway 66, around 3:30 pm.

The woman said the man asked for money and when she refused to give him any, he responded by pulling out a black gun. The man fled the area and the woman called police.

When police arrived, they began searching the area and thanks to witnesses, were able to locate him hiding in the shrubbery east...


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Titus Norton

April 25, 8:33 pm

DWI, Navajo Charge

McKinley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Elreno Henio was patrolling County Road 1 as part of the DWI task force when he noticed a car coming toward him at a high rate of speed. He engaged his radar and clocked the vehicle going 40 mph in a 25 mph zone.

He conducted a traffic stop and talked to the driver, Titus Norton, 29, of Mentmore. When he asked Norton for his driver’s license, Norton said he didn’t have one. He also told Henio he only had one beer that day.

Henio said Norton agreed to take the field sobriety tests and when he failed, he was given a breath alcohol test, during which he posted two samples of .12. Since the...

Car rolls off cliff, leaving man dead

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Reports of a car rolling off of a cliff brought officers and medical personnel three miles southwest of RA 181, Remnant Mesa Road, at roughly 6:50 pm April 29, where they began to search for an injured man.

Deputies, unable to find the vehicle described to them as a black truck, began looking for access points to the bottom of the cliff around State Highway 602.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Elreno Henio walked on foot to the scene of the accident, where they then saw a group of people attempting to revive an unresponsive man, with one bystander performing CPR.

MCSO Dep. Paul Davis Jr. approached the man, identified as Karl Yazzie Slim, and checked for a pulse. He was unable to find...

President Begaye’s daughter facing DWI charges

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The daughter of Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is now facing DWI charges after getting into a crash with a semi-truck late April 29.

V TV, out of Camp Verde, Ariz., reported May 2 that Karis Begaye, 41, who is a special assistant in the president’s office, was charged with extreme DWI, endangerment, and criminal damage after colliding with the tractor-trailer near Kachina Village around 9 pm.

Officials for the Arizona Department of Public Safety reported, according to the news channel, that Begaye’s vehicle was disabled and she received minor injuries. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured in the accident.

An investigation at the scene revealed that Karis Begaye was...

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Getting high in Colorado

4/22, Gallup

In what may be one of the few cases so far of a New Mexico resident being arrested for bringing into McKinley County marijuana he purchased legally in Colorado, a Ramah man is now facing drug charges in state court.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Dep. Brandon Salazar said he was driving south on U. S. 491 near the four-mile marker when he noticed the car in front of him cross the fog line twice.

He did a traffic stop and talked to the driver, identified as Richard Martin, 64. As he was explaining to Martin why he was being stopped, Salazar said he could smell what seemed to be marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

He asked Martin where he...

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