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Drunk school bus driver arrested

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WINDOW ROCK — The Navajo Police Department arrested a community school bus driver Sept. 24 at 6:59 pm, near the Vanderwagen community.

According to the arresting officer, information came from a parent who was alerted by their child, a passenger on the bus. The child indicated the bus driver was driving dangerously on...

Life sentence for convicted Albuquerque murderer

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ALBUQUERQUE  – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Sept. 25 a sentence in excess of life imprisonment for Ameer Muhammad, the man convicted of the Albuquerque murder of Aaron Sieben in 2017.

Muhammad was found guilty of first degree felony murder, armed robbery, and shoplifting in July after Balderas took the case to trial.

“We have worked tirelessly to provide justice for Mr. Sieben’s family,» Attorney General Hector Balderas said. «Today, they can finally know that the man who has caused them so much pain has been punished to the fullest extent provided by law.”

In March, 2017, Muhammad attacked Sieben near an Albuquerque gas station, fatally stabbing him, before...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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9/26, Gallup

The MCSO is investigating a robbery that took place at about 7 pm Sept. 26 at the T&R Rope and Feed Center north of Gallup.

A clerk at the store said two men in blue jeans and black hoodies entered the store. One man wore sun glasses and went to the back of the store while the other man approached the clerk at the cash register.

The man who approached the clerk appeared to be intoxicated, the clerk said, and began to speak, but he was incomprehensible.

The man who had gone to the back of the store started walking at a fast pace to the front door and appeared to have placed something inside his jacket. He was told to stop, said the clerk.

The man in...


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Sanfred Watchman

Sept. 14, 3:11 am

Aggravated DWI (Refusal)

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Eric Jim said he was on regular patrol when he was told to be on the lookout for a brown Chevy; the driver had been refused service at the Sagebrush Lounge because he was intoxicated.

The driver was seen going east on State Highway 264, so Jim reportedly headed north on U.S. Highway 491 and soon saw the car heading south toward Gallup. He turned around and followed the car to the Safeway parking lot.

According to the report, Jim approached the driver, who was identified as Sanfred Watchman, 46, of Mexican Springs. Watchman admitted he’d had a six pack of beer before...

NMDOH announces plans to expand state drug and alcohol treatment resources

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SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health announced plans to relocate Turquoise Lodge Hospital in Bernalillo County to the former Gibson Medical Center at 5400 Gibson Blvd SE in Albuquerque to expand their services.

The relocation, announced Sept. 24, will help align both state and county resources to better address the behavioral health and substance misuse treatment needs in New Mexico. The move will take place in December 2018.

Moving TLH enables both government entities to expand their current substance misuse treatment services in New Mexico, resulting in increased resources to New Mexicans.

Turquoise Lodge Hospital serves as the hub for NMDOH’s drug and alcohol treatment...

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