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Sundance man pleads guilty to sex abuse charge

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ALBUQUERQUE – Mark Silva, 48, of Sundance, N.M., pled guilty Oct. 12, in federal court in Albuquerque to a sexual abuse charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Silva will be sentenced to 60 months of imprisonment followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Silva will also be required...

Shiprock man sentenced to prison for assaulting a federal tribal officer

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ALBUQUERQUE – Abner Joe, 55, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was sentenced Oct. 12, in federal court in Albuquerque to 33 months in prison for assaulting a federal officer. Joe will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety arrested Joe on Aug. 10, 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with assaulting a federal officer.  According to the complaint, Joe assaulted a NNDPS officer on Aug. 4, 2016, by spitting on her and threatening her with a hammer and a wooden board.  At the time, the officer was commissioned as a Special Federal Officer by the...


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Melvin Harvey

8:18 pm, 10.09.17

Agg. DWI, 1st Offense

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Garylle James made contact with Melvin Harvey, 52, when Metro called for a deputy to attend the site of an accident on Cousins Road, about a quarter mile west of Highway 602. The calling party and his sister both filled out witness statements of what they had seen.

The driver was so intoxicated that he could not perform any part of the field sobriety test and was arrested immediately.

The driver did agree to take a breath test at the MCSO but the readings of 0.28 and 0.26 only ensured the aggravated tag stayed in place.

Harvey was transported to the McKinley County Detention Center and...

Navajo woman sentenced for federal child abuse conviction

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ALBUQUERQUE – Kelly James, 35, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Albuquerque was sentenced Oct. 11, in federal court to three years of probation for her conviction on a misdemeanor child abuse charge.  In addition to the mandatory conditions of her probation, James will be required to complete substance abuse counseling, childcare classes and refrain from the use of alcohol.

James was arrested in May 2017, on an indictment charging her with engaging in child abuse by operating a motor vehicle recklessly on Dec. 8, 2016, on the Isleta Pueblo in Valencia County, N.M.

On June 13, 2017, James entered a guilty plea to the indictment.  In entering the guilty plea...

FBI Alert: FBI offers $1,000 for information on suspicious death

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The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information regarding the suspicious death of Alan Jim.

On Feb. 7, Jim’s body was found in the southbound lane of County Road 7900, approximately 6.3 miles south of Highway 550 in the Chaco Canyon area of New Mexico.

Autopsy results indicate Jim died of blunt force trauma to his head and upper body.

Anyone with information regarding this death is asked to contact the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office at (505) 889-1300.

The Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety is assisting with the investigation.

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