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Federal grand jury indicts cop killer Kirby Cleveland

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ALBUQUERQUE – A federal grand jury sitting in, has filed an indictment charging Kirby Cleveland, 32, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Prewitt, N.M., with charges arising out of the murder of Houston James Largo, a tribal police officer of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.

Acting U.S. Attorney...

Serial check cashing fraudsters at large

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Vinson, Malone pain local businesses

A Gallup man that was facing nine years in the slammer for larceny and burglary, but was given probation instead, is on the lamb.

According to a recent McKinley County Sheriff’s Office report, and Gallup Police Department arrest warrant, James Vinson didn’t stay out of trouble for long after being released from jail on his own recognizance Feb. 24.

He was placed on probation, but hasn’t checked in with his probation officer, and is considered an absconder.

On April 1, MCSO Deputy Roxanne King was dispatched Advanced Technical Services, 2108 Mountain View, to take a report on a fraud attempt. An ATI official said Vinson, 45, tried to cash...

Meth trio arrested, released

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Three people recently arrested as part of an undercover drug sting, were later released from the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on their own recognizance, records show.

Sarah Clauschee, George Warren and Micah Six, were taken into custody March 24 and released from the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on March 28. Each was part of an undercover drug operation conducted by the Region 1 Narcotics Task Force.

According to a police report, Clauschee, 38, of Gallup, aided undercover agents in the purchase of several grams of methamphetamine. Warren, 39, and Six, 31, of Houck, Ariz., were the people who supplied the drugs to Clauschee, although Six served more as an...

Two Gallup men jailed on heroin charge, bench warrant

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Two known Gallup druggies with past criminal records remained behind bars April 6 in connection to a routine traffic stop. Officers with the Region 1 Task Force with the Gallup Police Department and McKinley County Sheriff’s Office stopped a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck on March 28 at about 7:20 pm that was driven by an unknown female, and in which the two aforementioned males were passengers.

Michael Garcia, 60, and David Grijalva, 65, were passengers in the vehicle that was registered to Garcia. Garcia possessed an outstanding warrant for possession of heroin. He was immediately placed in handcuffs and jailed, according to a police report on the matter.

It was discovered that...

Church Rock man pleads guilty to a federal child sex abuse charge

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Plea agreement MEANS less time in prison

ALBUQUERQUE – Adrian Tom, 38, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Church Rock, N.M., pled guilty earlier this week in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an abusive sexual contact charge.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Tom will be sentenced within the range of 37 to 63 months in prison followed by not less than five years of supervised release. Tom will also be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence.

On March 29, Tom pled guilty to a felony information charging him with abusive sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley...

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