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Company finishes contract items for skate park

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The recently opened Gallup Skate Park next to the Gallup Cultural Center was closed Aug. 16 and 17 for the completion of items in the original contract that were not finished before the park’s July 28 opening.

Written statements by Mayor Jackie McKinney and Executive Director of Public Works Stanley Henderson confirm the...

Serial child predator indicted on child rape charges

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ALBUQUERQUE – On Aug. 22, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced he has indicted Edward Cebada, a convicted felon and registered sex offender on new charges of rape of a child.

On Aug. 21, a grand jury charged Cebada with multiple counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Aggravated Battery.

“As Attorney General, I’m disgusted and angered that a convicted sex offender is alleged to have harmed another child in our community,” Balderas said. “I will aggressively prosecute this case, and all dangerous child predators that sexually exploit children in New Mexico.”

In July of 2013, Cebada was convicted of numerous...

Dennehotso woman sentenced for shooting death; Fort Defiance man sentenced for stabbing

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – On Aug. 20, Georgina Warren, 34, of Dennehotso, Ariz., and a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan to 84 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Warren had previously pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

The case involved Warren firing a .22 caliber rifle at her brother, who was about 40 yards away.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Navajo Nation Department of Law Enforcement. The prosecution was handled by Sharon K. Sexton, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of...

Guilty pleas buy former Sen. Phil Griego more time behind bars

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ALBUQUERQUE – On Aug. 20, Attorney General Hector Balderas secured four guilty pleas from former State Senator Phil Griego, relating to his additional criminal case tied to unlawful pocketing of campaign donations. Griego pleaded guilty to two felony counts of perjury, and two felony counts of embezzlement.

“My office secured multiple convictions against former Senator Griego for crimes committed against taxpayers,” Attorney General Balderas said. “Our office will continue to combat fraud and corruption in corporate and government sectors.”

The Aug. 20 guilty pleas are in addition to the numerous trial convictions that AG Balderas secured against Griego last year for crimes...

Fatal crash on I-40 in McKinley County

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On Aug. 18 at about 10:30 pm, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on Interstate 40 around mile post 40 between Gallup and Grants.

The initial investigation indicated a 2017 Hyundai car was traveling east on I-40 at a high rate of speed in the right lane of travel. For unknown reasons, the Hyundai rear ended a Dodge truck that was also east bound in the right lane pulling a flatbed trailer.

The driver of the Hyundai, Lyric Young, 22, of Bullhead City, Ariz., sustained fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver of the Dodge, a 63-year-old Continental Divide, NM, man was uninjured.

After the initial crash, a semi-truck that had...

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