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7/22, Gallup

Monte Sam told Gallup police that when Tyler Wauneka, 24, of Gallup approached him about 11:30 am on July 22, asking for money, he tried to be accommodating.

He said Wauneka first came up to him and asked for a dollar so he gave it to him. Then he asked for another dollar, so...


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Michael R. Clarke

July 23, 4:16 am


It was about 3:50 am when Metro Dispatch received a call from a motorist who said he was on U.S. Highway 491 and was reportedly witnessing a car swerving on the highway.

Deputy Clayton Etsitty said he found the suspect vehicle parked at Gas Max, north of Gallup,  and approached the car from the passenger side and asked the driver, Michael Clarke, 32, of Fort Defiance to roll down the window. Instead, Etsitty said, Clarke locked the door.

When he was finally able to speak to Clarke he asked him how much he had to drink and Clarke reportedly said just the beer that was in his lap. He asked Clarke to get out of the car.

He agreed to...

Church Rock woman allegedly attacks family

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A Church Rock woman is facing battery charges after she reportedly became disorderly at her family’s home and attacked family members.

Sanjuanita Burbank, 29, was also charged with assault on a household member.

Her problems with the Gallup Police began about 11 am on July 12 when police were dispatched to the family residence on Rylandon Road because of a domestic dispute.

Dora Dixon told police that Burbank was at the house and was intoxicated and getting disorderly. She added that her daughter got in a fight with her brother.

Gallup Patrolman Joe Roanhorse said he went to talk to Burbank and found her bleeding from the facial area.  He was told that Burbank was claiming she...

Pinedale woman dies en route to hospital

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The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Pinedale woman who died on July 6 as she was being transported to a hospital. The police report on her death did not indicate any foul play was involved.

The body of Davina Bills, 32, has been sent to the Office of Medical Investigators in Albuquerque for an autopsy.

According to the police report, Sheriff Deputy Frank Villa Jr. was dispatched was dispatched to the 6.5 mile marker on State Highway 122 in reference to a woman who was believed to have died in the back seat of a vehicle while being transported to meet an ambulance.

Paramedics on the scene said they checked the body and could find no pulse.


Woman’s dog dies following Husky attack

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Gallup Police are investigating a dog attack that occurred on the 1600 block of Monterey Avenue on June 28.

Susan Ortega told police that she was walking her dog about 7 am. When they got to the area of Monterey and Arnold, a large Husky dog came out of nowhere and began attacking her Maltese Poodle.

She said that she picked up the dog to protect it from the Husky who then began attacking her, biting her on the fingers of both hands.  She said she began to scream for help when Dr. Krause, who lives in the area, showed up with other residents from the area and got the dog to stop attacking.

She said she saw the dog leave the area but was unable to see which home it went to. She...

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