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Navajo, N.M. woman sentenced to 10 years for federal assault, child abuse conviction

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ALBUQUERQUE – Elmira Curley, 22, who resides in Navajo, N.M., was sentenced May 29 in federal court in Albuquerque to 120 months in prison for her conviction on assault and child abuse charges. Curley will be on supervised release for five years after completing her prison sentence.

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Two McKinley County area men sentenced to prison for separate child sex abuse convictions

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ALBUQUERQUE – Clyde Peterson, 46, who resides in Yahtahey, N.M., was sentenced May 30 in federal court in Albuquerque to 21 months of imprisonment for his conviction on a sexual abuse of a minor or ward charge.  Peterson will be on supervised release for eight years after completing his prison sentence and will be required to register as a sex offender.

Peterson was arrested on April 18, 2016, on an indictment charging him with sexual abuse of a child between the age of 12 and 16 years from June 1, 2014 through Aug. 31, 2014, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M.

On Feb. 22, 2018, Peterson pled guilty to the indictment, and admitted that between...


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Christopher Acque
May 25, 1:40 pm
2nd DWI

McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Josie Bowman said she was dispatched to U.S. Highway 491 about 1:19 p.m. in connection with a report of a man driving a vehicle recklessly, almost hitting someone.

He turned left onto State Highway 264, and came upon the pickup truck near the 12 mile marker and made a traffic stop. When he approached Acque, 44, of Zuni, Bowman observed signs of the driver being intoxicated and smelled the odor of intoxicating liquor coming from within the vehicle.

He asked Acque about his bloodshot eyes, and Acque responded that he was tired since he had been driving since 3 am that morning. When asked if he would...

Westman transferred to Gallup to face murder charges

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On Monday, Ryan Westman came home to Gallup.

Westman  25, had been held in the San Juan County Jail since Jan. 24 on charges stemming from a pursuit after Westman headed north on U.S, Highway 491 from Gamerco to avoid capture by deputies for the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office.

On May 28, he was transferred to the McKinley County Adult Detention Center to face charges of murder.

Westman, who is also known by the nickname “Bam,” was charged in the Jan. 22 death of 57-year-old Mitchell Chavez who was beaten to death with an ax.

Westman comes back to an area where he has a string of more than a dozen arrests over the last five years for a series of violent crimes. Among them...

DA to fully prosecute Thoreau man for killing pet dog

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A Thoreau man is facing felony charges after he reportedly trapped his dog under his trailer and killed him with a crossbow.

George A. Milliken, 34, has been charged with two counts of felony cruelty to animals. Both are fourth degree felonies, punishable by 18 months in jail.

McKinley County Sheriff Deputy J. Todachine Jr. said he was dispatched to the St. Bonaventure Trailer Park on May 15, in connection with a report of a dog being shot with a crossbow.

When he got there, he spoke to Milliken, who said the dog, named Panda, belonged to him. Panda had gotten under the trailer and damaged his heating unit, which he said would cost about $1,000 to repair.

Todachine said Milliken had...

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