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Jennifer Reeder

Feb. 10, 10:19 pm

DWI, Aggravated

Gallup Police Department Officer Adrian Quetawki was heading south on South 2nd Street when he saw a car driving without its headlights on. Quetawki caught up to the offending vehicle and followed the driver to 2nd Street and Coal Avenue, where the car came to...

Victory for Nation over gold mine compensation

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WINDOW ROCK –  On Feb. 12, the Navajo Nation won an important victory in its fight for fair compensation for the harms caused by the U.S. EPA and its contractors from the devastating Gold King Mine spill of August 2015.

The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico denied contractor Environmental Restoration, LLC’s motion to dismiss the Nation’s claims, instead upholding all claims, including CERCLA claims, and claims for negligence, gross negligence, trespass, and nuisance.

The Court also refused Environmental Restoration’s demand to strike the Nation’s request for punitive damages.

The case arose because the U.S. EPA, its contractors, and other...

Navajo woman pleads guilty to child abuse charges

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Plea agreement recommends 10 year prison sentence

ALBUQUERQUE – Elmira Curley, 22, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Navajo, N.M., pleaded guilty Feb. 13 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to assault and child abuse charges.

Curley entered her guilty plea under a plea agreement that recommends a sentence of 120 months of imprisonment followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety arrested Curley on July 6, 2016, on an indictment charging her with abusing a child resulting in great bodily harm.  The indictment alleged that Curley committed the crime on the Navajo Indian Reservation...

Convenience store clerk injured by thugs

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A clerk at a Gallup gas station was transported to the hospital after being cut during an armed robbery late Thursday afternoon.

Details released Thursday night were sketchy but this is what we know at this time.

Two Native American males entered the convenience store at the Mustang Conoco, 3302 W. Highway 66, at about 5:20 pm, and attempted to run out with beer, heading north from the station.

One of the clerks was cut in the process, but police have not released any information on how serious the cut was.

One suspect has been arrested and charges of aggravated battery and robbery were being placed against him Thursday night. At this time, his name has not been released.

We should...

WANTED: Area woman wanted on vehicle theft, larceny charges

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The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Khadjha Keams, 22, after a bench warrant was issued for her arrest.

Keams had been arrested on Aug. 28, 2017 on charges of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and two counts of larceny. A resident of Window Rock, Ariz., Keams may be on the Navajo Reservation.

If she is found on reservation land, the Navajo Nation has already approved extradition, according to the sheriff’s office.

Keams had been facing aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge back in October, 2016 but court records said this case was discharged two months later.

Anyone with information about Keams’ whereabouts can call sheriff chief...

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