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Repeat domestic violence offender sentenced to 30 years

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Convicted of assault against wife on Ute Reservation

DURANGO, Colo. — United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn announced June 8, that David Sidney Wells, age 44, of Towaoc, Colo., was sentenced to serve 360 months  in federal prison, followed by 10 years on supervised release, for committing a violent sexual and physical...


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Justin Stephenson

May 29, 10:04 pm


Justin Stephenson, 39, of Pachuta, Miss., was arrested at a local hospital after he had an auto accident of U.S. Highway 264 at about the 16 mile marker.

He said he was coming from Window Rock and admitted he “sipped on a beer” shortly before driving.

He agreed to take a field sobriety test and was given a verbal test to count backwards. When he missed a number, he was arrested for DWI. He later took a breath alcohol test and posted two samples of .13.  He was charged with reckless driving and driving 92 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.

Stephenson was released on his own recognizance by a judge.


Walter Lee

March 8, 11:25...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Black Hat, May 29

Harold Tom, 52, of Black Hat, was arrested for battery on a household member after his mother accused him of hitting her.

McKinley County deputies were dispatched to Black Hat at 6:22 pm on May 29 in response to a call for help.

Jennie Blackgoat said her daughter Charlotte had gone to the trailer where Tom lived and they had gotten into an argument. The daughter came back home and a short time later Tom was at the door trying to get in.

His mother said he pushed the door open and said he was going to beat up her daughter. She said Tom pushed her, Jennie, to the floor and began hitting her with a closed fist as she tried to protect herself with her...

Two men dead after police pursuit

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Two men in a Dodge truck with a firearm died in a crash after being pursued by New Mexico State Police and Gallup police at 11:55 on the night of June 5.

The men were seen brandishing a firearm at the Redwood Lodge Motel in Gallup and police were called.

When they arrived at the scene, their unit was nearly struck as the truck drove around their car onto NM State Road 118 and a pursuit ensued.

As the police got closer to the truck, the driver turned the headlights on and off and steered the Dodge into traffic coming toward it. Then the Dodge entered Interstate 40, going eastbound at mile marker 16.

The passenger began throwing objects at officers from the bed of the truck.


Shiprock man facing charges after car collision

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One person died in a head-on collision that occurred north of Gallup on U.S. Highway 491 on May 20.

A Shiprock man, Jamison Woods, 45, is now facing federal involuntary manslaughter charges because of that accident which authorities said may have been an attempt to commit suicide.

Navajo police were dispatched to the 18-mile marker on U.S. Highway 491 about 1:45 pm after receiving several phone calls from passing motorists about a two-vehicle accident that occurred on the four-lane highway.

When police arrived, they found Woods in the driver’s seat of a 2017 GMC Sierra truck parked on the shoulder of the southbound lane. Another vehicle was parked nearby along the fence next to the...

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