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Municipal candidates offer up campaign finance reports

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Second required report to be filed soon

Candidates seeking political offices in Gallup’s two city council district races had to do more than just qualify and get their names on the March 14 ballot.

They also had to report their fundraising efforts to the city. There are two times that candidates have to file information with the city clerk’s office. The first deadline is Feb. 28.

WHAT DID THEY SPEND IT ON?

Among the money spent this campaign season was $2,227.12 by Angela Chavez who ran against Yogash Kumar in the District 3 race. Listed on Chavez’s campaign expense report, filed with the city clerk’s office, is $1,098.56 at Amsterdam Printing, an online promotional products...

HITCHHIKER TURNED ROBBER

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3/10 Gallup

Having your vehicle stolen is no fun. It happened to one Gallup resident when he was a good samaritan and gave a ride to a hitchhiker, near Andy’s Trading Company, 612 W. Wilson Ave. The ride lasted long enough to get some ways out of town when an unknown mile marker on N.M. 602 when the currently unidentified shady individual pulled out a handgun and demanded that he get out of the vehicle.

The driver got out of the vehicle and watched as the vehicle drove off south. The victim’s phone was also in the vehicle and had no way to call for help. The stranded driver had to hitchhike to Window Rock in order to find help. From there he was able to get a ride back to Gallup...

GPD narcotics director outlines 2017 drug busts

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Gallup Police Department’s narcotics division held a press conference March 9 to discuss the state of the illegal drug trade in Gallup and those caught in the act of trafficking narcotics to the masses.

Director of Narcotics Lt. Billy Padavich discussed some busts his team has engaged in recent months with help of patrol officers and detectives.

“I know that a lot of times the community is wondering what is going on with the department, whether we are doing something to crack down on the drug activity in the area,” he said. “We’ve been really busy – extremely busy. There’s a lot we can’t talk about but I wanted to throw out some of the solved cases, those...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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The legal limit is .08.

Janice Benally

February 2, 9:30 am

Aggravated DWI

GPD Officer Francis Collins arrived at a vehicle accident at County Road #1 and East Sanostee Drive in Gallup. The vehicle had run over the dividers in the middle of the road near the BNSF Railroad tracks. The severely damaged vehicle had two deflated tires and the coolant tank had ruptured, leaking coolant fluid onto the roadway.

Metro Dispatch alerted BNSF to slow trains  so that the vehicle could be removed safely. The officer approached Benally, 29, and noticed a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her window.

The woman had her driver’s license at the ready and was holding it out of the...
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