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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.

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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.

Rep. Doreen Wonda Johnson: ‘Now she’s an angel’

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Community copes with the loss of beloved Miyamura secretary

Lisa Romero-Muniz, 48, a discipline secretary at Miyamura High School, went to the Route 91 Harvest in Las Vegas, NV to cut loose and enjoy top country music stars perform during the three-day festival.

People danced and sang along with Jason Aldean when it began to rain bullets, shortly after 10 pm on Oct. 1.

This is when Romero-Muniz, as many of her friends, students and co-workers alike have said, she earned her wings as an “angel,” albeit, well before her time.

Romero-Muniz was one of 58 victims gunned down by crazed shooter Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, NV, who booked a suite on the 32nd floor at Mandalay...

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