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Chrispin Wallace jailed on warrant

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Wallace runs NN Tribal Clothing Program

FARMINGTON — A Nazlini, Ariz., man, who is the director of the Navajo Nation Tribal Clothing Program and a member of the Nazlini Community School’s Board of Directors, remained jailed June 13 at the San Juan County Detention Center on an outstanding warrant out of Farmington...

Convicted child sex offender, rapist wanted

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McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Compliance Officer Judith Grijalva is asking for the public’s help in locating Jonathan Bitsilly, 55, a registered sex offender.

Registered sex offenders living in McKinley County are required to check in with her whenever they move, and check in with her, per the conditions of their release from jail or prison.

Grijalva said her last contact with Bitsilly was on Jan. 13, when he moved in with his brother. However, he failed to show up for his scheduled follow-up appointment on Feb. 7, so she notified sheriff office investigators.

“We went a week later to (his address on file) see if he was there … he wasn’t there,” she...

Top of June marred by car wrecks with injuries

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The first week of June got off to a rocky start on McKinley County roadways, with more than a handful of accidents with injuries. Below is a list of the fender benders that range from a few bumps to critical injuries, reports from the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office. There’s even vehicle vs. pedestrian incidents. However, not all of the accidents that occurred during the first week of the month have been listed here.

June 3: The owner of a tractor-trailer parked in the Golden Corral parking lot found Frank Yazzie, Jr. lying under his rig, with a backpack under his head. The driver called the police, and Lt. Eric Jim responded to the scene.

Yazzie was incoherent, according to the...


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Anthony R. Tom

5.28.17, 10:38 pm

5th DWI, Aggravated

Tom, 33, of Albuquerque was arrested after Gallup Police Department Officer Andrew Thayer was dispatched to the Sonic Drive In at 2404 E. Highway 66, where Tom was attempting to order food. When asked for his Driver’s License, Tom responded by showing the officer two credit cards. When his license was finally found, GPD Officer Thayer started to ask where Tom was coming from when Tom opened the rear door of the police unit and sat down on the seat. His effort to close the rear door was stymied when Thayer placed himself between the open door and the body of the unit.

Tom admitted to Officer Thayer that he didn’t...

Farmington man sentenced to prison for manslaughter

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ALBUQUERQUE – Sage Andrew Yazzie, 21, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Farmington, N.M., pled guilty in federal court in Albuquerque June 14, to voluntary manslaughter and firearms charges. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Yazzie will be sentenced within the range of 12 to 15 years in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Yazzie was arrested on March 10, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo man on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M., on Feb. 23, 2016. According to the criminal complaint, Yazzie entered a residence and shot the victim in the head with a firearm.


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