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WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Tamatha Joe

9:14 pm, 8.20.17

Agg DWI, 6th Offense (0.26)

Gallup Police Department officer Douglas Hoffman responded to a dispatch behind 216 Verdi Drive when a vehicle was driven into a storage shed behind the apartment building. En route, dispatch advised Officer Hoffman that the female driver had...

Justice may be slow, but it’s sure

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The burglary of Family Dollar, 2041 S. Second St., happened on Aug. 11 and two weeks passed before the Gallup Police Department got busy with the warrant work, and sure enough, Wendell R. Smith was picked up this last week.

Remanded to the McKinley County Detention Center on charges of Burglary of a structure (commercial burglary) and criminal damage to property over $1,000, Smith will now be facing court on the two fourth Degree Felonies and will be held without Bond until his first court appearance.

The incident was noticed when an active motion alarm went off at the business. When police arrived at the building, the front door was propped open with a shopping cart and a front...

Shiprock man pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter charge

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ALBUQUERQUE – Larry June, 58, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., pled guilty Aug. 21, in federal court in Albuquerque to a voluntary manslaughter charge.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, June will be sentenced to 97 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety arrested June in November 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo woman by stabbing her with a knife on Nov. 25, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M.  June was subsequently indicted on Dec. 20, and was charged with second-degree murder.

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Third Pinon brother sentenced for violent assault on juvenile

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PHOENIX – Roneldo James, 28, of Pinon, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow to eight years of imprisonment Aug. 21, to be followed by three years of supervised release.  James had previously pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon.  James committed the offense with his two brothers, Delfred Lee and Milfred James, who were previously sentenced to seven and six years of imprisonment, respectively, for their roles in the offense.

On Dec. 1, 2015, James and his brothers held a juvenile victim and others at gunpoint against their will in a Pinon, Ariz. residence on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation.  All parties involved are members of the Navajo...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Miles Darris Bitsoi

9:33 pm, 08.13.17

Agg. DWI, 2nd

Unfortunately for Bitsoi, the main witness to his accident in Gamerco happened to be an off-duty Gallup Police Officer Dominic Molina, who gave a statement to MCSO Deputy Brandon Salazar that he observed Bitsoi getting out of the driver’s door and that no one else had been with him. His feeble attempt to blame the accident on his “non-present” girlfriend and his further attempts at the field sobriety test both failed. After a short go-round with the breathalyzer in the Sheriff’s Office, where he blew a 0.22 and a 0.21, Bitsoi was booked into the MCADC and his vehicle was towed by Speedway Towing.

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