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Man wearing fishing hat robs Albuquerque bank

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ALBUQUERQUE — The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man with a fishing hat who robbed BBVA Compass Bank at 6001 Academy Road NE in Albuquerque on June 29.

The suspect is described as a tall black male with a slender build in his late 20s to early 30s. He wore glasses, a dark...

Navajo Nation opposes liquor license transfer; Decision to go before county commissioners

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By Michele J. Crank and Mihio Manus

Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President

During a public hearing on Jun. 27 regarding the transfer of ownership of a liquor license currently held by Tomahawk Inc., in Prewitt, Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez said the Nation does not support the transfer of Ownership to Reds Mart, LLC.

“We officially oppose this transfer,” Vice President Nez said. “It only changes the location but it does not affect the negative impact a liquor establishment has on our people. Beyond that, the liquor license will stay in close proximity to the Baca Dlo’Ayashi Community School.”

The transfer of the ownership has received...

Navajo Man from Sheep Springs sentenced to prison for federal voluntary manslaughter

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ALBUQUERQUE – , 53, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Sheep Springs, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Santa Fe, N.M., to 100 months in prison for his voluntary manslaughter conviction.  Denetclaw will be on supervised release for three years following his prison sentence.

Denetclaw was arrested on June 23, 2014, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo man on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M., on June 21, 2014.  The crime occurred during an alcohol-infused argument between Denetclaw and the victim.  Denetclaw was subsequently indicted on June 24, 2015.

On Jan. 28, Denetclaw pled guilty to a felony...

Navajo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charges

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Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

ALBUQUERQUE – Patrick Wadsworth, 46, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Sanostee, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to an assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Wadsworth was arrested on Jan. 22, 2016, on an indictment charging him with assaulting a woman resulting in serious bodily injury on Nov. 6, 2014, in San Juan County, N.M.

During today’s proceedings, Wadsworth pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Nov. 6, 2014, he assaulted the victim by striking her and causing bruising to her face...

New Mexico State Police shoot, kill man

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Shooting occured on Laguna PuebloStaff ReportsOn Monday morning, New Mexico State Police Officers responded to a call for assistance from the Laguna Tribal Police in reference to an armed individual that fled from tribal authorities.
Officers located the individual and subsequently shots were fired. The suspect sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
This incident occurred on the Laguna Reservation west of Albuquerque, north of the 126 exit on Interstate 40.
The sequence of events leading up the officer discharging his weapon is currently being investigated. No other information is available at this time.
All details of this incident are being investigated...

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