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State lacks policies allowing inmates to breastfeed their children

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The New Mexico Department of Corrections does not have a current policy that would allow inmates to breastfeed their children, despite a judge’s order last year to put one in place.

While Corrections implemented a lactation policy, it only covers access to electric breastfeeding pumps, a department spokesman told NM...

Drunk school bus driver receives felony charges

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Case turned over to FBI; driver on recognizance

An investigation by the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and the Navajo Nation Police resulted in the arrest of a former Chichiltah-Jones Ranch Community School bus driver on charges of felony child abuse after he took students on a drunken bus ride.

According to tribal police reports, Duane Aaron Skeet, 48, picked up 18 students, ages 5 through 14, on the afternoon of Sept. 24 and drove them home while intoxicated, causing many of them to cry and plead for him to stop the bus.

School officials said they received reports from parents shortly after Skeet began his route. The parents said as Skeet dropped children off, they ran up to...

Kewa Pueblo man pleads guilty to assaulting federal officer

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Faces eight years in prison

ALBUQUERQUE – Avery Cate, 27, an enrolled member of Kewa Pueblo who resides in Bernalillo, pled guilty in federal court in Albuquerque Nov. 15 to assaulting a federal officer.

Cate was arrested in June on an indictment charging him with assaulting a federal officer.

According to the indictment, Cate assaulted a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer on Jan. 30, 2015, on Kewa Pueblo in Sandoval County while the officer was engaged in the performance of his official duties.

During the Nov. 15 proceedings, Cate pled guilty to the indictment.

In entering the guilty plea, Cate admitted that on Jan. 30, 2015, on Kewa Pueblo, he cursed, threatened, and approached...

FBI releases photos of Albuquerque bank robbery

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Seeks public’s assistance in solving crime

The FBI released photos of a getaway vehicle used in an August bank robbery in Albuquerque in the hopes somebody will come forward with information to help solve this crime.

The suspect is believed to have fled in a gray Chevrolet SUV with a yellow New Mexico license tag.

A man wearing a red baseball cap and red shirt robbed U.S. Bank, 2015 Eubank Blvd. NE., at approximately 4:49 pm on Aug. 15.

The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, with a thin build.

He wore a red baseball cap turned backwards, sunglasses, a long-sleeve red shirt, dark pants and dark shoes.

Photos of the...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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11/17, Thoreau

An argument at the Thoreau Flea Market resulted in the arrest of a Prewitt woman for battery on a household member.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Nocona Clark said she was dispatched to the flea market at 1:22 pm on Nov. 17 in connection with an ongoing domestic dispute.

When she arrived on scene, she found a man and woman, both of whom wore dirty and disarrayed clothing and were getting up off of the ground. Clark placed handcuffs on the man.

She said the man was “emotional and crying,” and he told Clark his girlfriend, Sharrie Ryan, 33, had thrown him to the ground and punched him in the face several times.

Clark found a witness...

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