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Sheriff’s Department makes arrest in fatal hit-and-run case

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McKinley County Sheriff Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai, Jr. was dispatched to milepost 9 on State Highway 371 after being alerted to a fatal hit-and-run incident early on July 11.

While on-site, Tsethlikai was notified by Metro Dispatch of a vehicle in a traffic stop by the Navajo Nation Police Crownpoint District around milepost...

Man charged with murder in Indian Country

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A criminal complaint filed by FBI Special Agent Cary Cahoon , who has primary responsibility for investigating major crimes that occur in Indian Country, says he was notified July 2 at about 11:50 am of a possible homicide at a residence in Shiprock.

Criminal Investigator Jerrick Curley said he found a woman (Year of birth 1974) deceased on the bedroom floor of her residence, with what appeared to be multiple lacerations and blood around her. She suffered trauma to her neck, back and chest area. The OMI pronounced her death at 5:30 pm on July 2.

He said her nephew, Tavor Tom, 18, of Shiprock,  had been involved in a single vehicle crash in the area of Nenahnezad, located on the...

Unknown male found dead on bench

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Efforts at CPR to no avail

Gallup Police Officer Timothy Hughte was dispatched to a downtown walkway July 9, to a call about an unresponsive male. When he got there, he met the caller, Lamonzo Dennison.

Dennison said he had gone through the area earlier, and when he returned the male was still lying on the bench.

Hughte said the man had a red hat under his head and his arms were in normal position down to his side. He said he looked like he had gone to sleep.

Hughte and Dennison moved the man to the ground and Hughte began CPR. Efforts by Hughte and other officers and members of the fire department continued, but the man remained unresponsive.  His time of death was called at 1:39...

Body found in trunk of burning car

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The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating the circumstances surrounding a body that was found in the trunk of a burning car near Church Rock.

The body, which was badly burned, was taken to the state Office of the Medical Investigator for determination of cause of death and identification.

The vehicle, believed to be a Dodge Avenger SXT, was discovered on fire July 15, off Pipeline Road, in an isolated area north of Church Rock.

Two from McKinley County plead guilty to kidnapping in Indian Country

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Alleged crime took place on Navajo Nation

Two men from McKinley County pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque, July 11 to a charge of kidnapping in Indian Country.

A grand jury returned an indictment against Preston John, 24, of Gallup, and Brandon Largo, 27, of Crownpoint, on Feb. 13.  The indictment charged them with participating in a kidnapping on the Navajo Nation on Sept. 3, 2018.

According to their plea agreements, these two defendants and a co-defendant, Adrianne Cellicion, were traveling as passengers in an automobile driven by the victim. They ordered the victim to an area behind a building where Largo put a chain around the victim’s neck and choked the...

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