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Police ID body found last week

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Police have identified the man found dead behind the Pepsi Cola plant on Gallup Christmas eve as Richard Pete, 49, of Bread Springs.

Pete’s body was sent to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Albuquerque for toxicology testing and for an autopsy to determine his cause of death.

Investigators did not discover any signs of foul play at the scene, and if it’s exposure related, Gallup Police Department Capt. Rick White said this will mark the fifth death this year tied to frigid temperatures.

Man wrangles with police officers

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Kyle Rodriguez wasn’t too happy when police officers approached him at the Hilton Garden Inn parking lot Dec. 19.

He claimed that he was checking on his car, but despite this excuse, Gallup Police Department Officer Angelo Cellicion said that he would be transferred to Gallup Detox Center.

“Kyle Rodriguez appeared to get angry and stood in a fighting stance,” according to Darius Johnson’s police report.

When both Johnson and Cellicion  tried to handcuff him, a scuffle ensued. Both officers were able to subdue Rodriguez, and he went to jail instead of detox. Rodriguez, 28, was booked for battery on a police officer.

Weekly Crime Blotter

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WOMAN SHOT IN FOOT

12/28, GAMERCO

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy J.Bowman responded to a call at a local hospital where a woman had a gunshot wound to her foot. According the the deputy’s report, the victim said that she was visiting a friend on Rosarita Street in Gamerco to pick up clothes and blankets.

As she was leaving, a white, older model vehicle parked behind her and a unknown man knocked on her window. He was holding a gun. The victim put her vehicle in reverse and this is when the man shot at her, hitting her in the foot.

MALL BREAK-IN

12/27, GALLUP

A Rio West Mall security guard called on police in response to a break-in at one of the back mall...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Willie Keeto, Jr.

Dec. 12, 2:48 am

2nd DWI, aggravated

Keeto, 62, told Gallup Police Department Officer Charles Steele that he didn’t notice that the officer was trying to pull him over near the start of Munoz overpass all the way to the north side KFC. He was swerving in and out of lanes, nearly losing control by Denny’s restaurant.

He did admit to Steele that he had consumed two pitchers of beer. He blew a .19 and .18 during the breath test.

Everett Tom

Dec. 10, 4:05 pm

Aggravated DWI

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Lorenzo Guerrero responded to a wreck near the El Rancho Hotel area. When he approached Tom he noticed the smell of liquor coming from...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Hyram Ducan

Dec. 10, 6 pm

6th DWI

Some people never learn. Ducan is one of those people. This sixth time around, he rear-ended the back of a black Jeep Patriot with his silver GMC pickup truck on State Road 264, near the Sagebrush bar. From there, he allegedly fled the scene and winded up at the airport, getting into a fight with someone.

MCSO Deputy Arnold Noriega arrived on the scene and began questioning Ducan and learned of his revoked license. He then asked if he was willing to take the field sobriety test, which he agreed to, but, he told Noriega that he would not pass it because he was “all buzzed out.”

Ducan, 42, was transported to a local hospital for a blood...

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