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Nation files complaint over Winslow shooting

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation filed a complaint against the City of Winslow and the federal government March 27 alleging civil rights violations in connection with the shooting death of Loreal Tsingine by Winslow police on March 27, 2016. Tsingine was shot five times at close range by Officer Austin Shipley. Tsingine was 5 feet tall and weighed 105 pounds; Officer Austin Shipley was 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed 200 pounds.

In its complaint, the Nation alleges that these actions by the Winslow police against Tsingine violated her civil right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. The complaint also alleges that the failure of the federal...

Weekly Police Activity Report

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Screaming and arguing

3/21, Gallup

An arguing couple attracted the attention of Gallup Police Department officers, and led them to solve a robbery from the day before.

GPD Officer Adrian Quetawki was dispatched to the area of Grandview Avenue and Junker bridge after someone reported a woman screaming in the area.

After arriving he met another patrolman, Douglas Hoffman, who had also been dispatched to the scene. As they approached the couple on the bridge, they saw a woman, Vanessa Lee, 31, of Red Rock and a man, Richard Gantar, 31, of Albuquerque who was seen fumbling with something in his pocket.

Hoffman went and picked it up and discovered it was a social security...


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Stephen Gene

March 18, 1:30 am

2nd DWI, Aggravated

Gallup Police Department Officer John Gonzales was on patrol near Virgie’s Restaurant on U.S. Highway 66 when another driver on the road made him suspicious. The blue Ford was weaving between lanes and its exhaust pipe was dragging behind, according to the police report. Gonzales pulled over the driver, Gene, 34, who appeared drunk. Gonzales saw open containers of beer in the center console and the passenger’s seat.

When Gonzales asked Gene how much he had to drink, he said he drank four beers: two Budweisers, a Bud Lite, and “whatever was in the car,” according to the report. Gene agreed to sobriety testing. During...

Motel turns to hell for one man

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Gallup motels are often the site of violence, which was the case March 20 when Gallup Police Officer Douglas Hoffman was dispatched around 9:30 am to the Redwood Lounge, after management reported seeing a man leave one of the rooms with blood on his boots.

Hoffman walked to the room in question and found it to be a mess and saw a man, later identified as Travis George, 35, of Red Valley, lying in a fetal position on the floor with blood on his head.

Hoffman said the man was snoring and could not be woken up. Hoffman called for an ambulance and when it arrived, he went across the street and found Kyle Clah, 31, of Chinle. His boots were covered in blood, which Hoffman said made sense...

Facebook post helps officers catch trailer thief

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MILAN - The search for John Howard is over.

Howard, 32, was being sought by the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office for the past week in connection with the theft of two flatbed trucks from the Thoreau area in February.

The sheriff’s office received word the morning of March 28 that Howard had been arrested by police in Milan on burglary charges there and was now incarcerated in the Milan jail waiting to be arraigned on those charges.

Pat Salazar, the chief of police in Milan as well as the former head of the drug unit for the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, said Howard was arrested by his department in connection with the theft of a motorcycle and items from a tire shop on...

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