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8/27, Gallup

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Anthony Morales said he was dispatched to the county jail at about 7 am Aug. 27 to take a report of an assault on an inmate by another inmate.

When he arrived, Morales met Valerie Lopez who said she was punched in the faced three times by another inmate...

Shiprock man sentenced for assault

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ALBUQUERQUE – Lance Wilson, 31, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced Aug. 29 in federal court in Santa Fe to 60 months in prison for his conviction on an assault charge.

Wilson will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Wilson was arrested in January 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a Navajo man by striking him in the head with a pair of wire cutters on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County.

He was subsequently indicted on Jan. 24, 2017. The two-count indictment charged Wilson with assault with intent to commit murder and assault resulting in serious bodily injury...

Police hold checkpoints, patrols across state in September

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State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of September.

“We are bringing awareness to these events to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising,” an Aug. 27 New Mexico State Police press release reads. “These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.”

Human remains found at Thoreau landfill

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Gallup Police Department reported today that detectives, along with the help of other agencies, recovered human remains at Red Rock Regional Landfill in Thoreau Aug. 28.

GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said the identity of the recovered remains has yet to be determined. An anonymous report of a possible homicide triggered the search, which was two weeks ago and is still ongoing.

Detectives, led by Lt. Billy Padavich, began their search with the help of the staff at the landfill. Billy Moore, the manager of Red Rock landfill, and his operations crew worked alongside detectives and sifted through the mounds of garbage.

The operators used heavy machinery to move the tons of...

UPDATE: 8 people confirmed dead in I-40 horror crash

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THOREAU, N.M. – New Mexico State Police reported multiple fatalities and injuries as a result of a collision between a semi-truck and a Greyhound bus heading to Los Angeles around noon Thursday, near mile marker 50, on Interstate 40 near Thoreau.


As of about 12:30 pm on Aug. 31, New Mexico State Police had confirmed eight fatalities from the bus that was carrying about 48 passengers. The driver of the semi-truck sustained non-life threatening injuries.

All but six people were reported as being treated at area hospitals with varying degrees of injuries, with many reportedly transferred to GIMC and Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital for treatment.


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