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Poinsettia Bitsuie

Jan. 11, 6:45 am


McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Savannah Williams said she was dispatched to a one-vehicle automobile crash at the intersection of Crestview Road and New Mexico Highway 118.

When she got there, Poinsettia Bitsuie, 26, of Window Rock, and her mother were standing a few feet...

Navajo Division of Public Safety needs leads

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Hit-and-run victim dies of injuries

CROWNPOINT -  The Navajo Division of Public Safety is seeking the public’s assistance for information regarding a hit-and-run incident that occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 23.

The Navajo Police Department received a call at 2:39 am from a motorist who found the victim, a 71-year old man, sitting alongside the eastbound lane on BIA Route 11 in Pinedale, N. M. The man told the motorist that he was hit by a vehicle, but could not provide additional information. He was transported to the local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The Division of Public Safety is seeking the public’s assistance for any information that will...

Arrests made in drug bust

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Paul Acevedo, 58, of Gallup, and Cassandra Diaz, 26, of Gallup were arrested Jan. 29,  after Gallup Police detectives searched their homes at 602 and 604 S. Fourth St. in Chihuahuita. Agents investigating Acevedo discovered he was selling heroin out of his residence.

Acevedo was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance: Heroin (a felony). He has faced past charges including receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle and failure to pay dependent support.

Diaz was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant issued out of Cibola County Magistrate Court for failing to appear in court on a Hit-and-Run charge. Diaz has a charge from March 2017 for an...

Deceased man found near BNSF rail yard

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Gallup Police Department are currently seeking the identity of a man found deceased near the BNSF rail yard, under Munoz Overpass, this morning.

GPD Capt. Erin Toadlena-Pablo said the call on the Native American man, age unknown, came in shortly after 9 am.

Toadlena-Pablo said in these cases, detectives share a photo of the deceased person with NCI and public service officers in hopes someone will recognize the victim so next of kin can be notified.

She added that there were no signs of foul play, and at this stage, it's not clear if the overnight icy weather played a factor in the man's death.

The Office of the Medical Investigator will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of...

Fort Defiance man sentenced to 4 years for domestic violence

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PHOENIX, Ariz. - On January 27, 2020, Bruce Robertson, 40, of Fort Defiance, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan to 4 years’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to two counts of Domestic Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury.

On multiple occasions in 2015 and 2016, Robertson engaged in acts of domestic violence against his then-girlfriend, repeatedly punching her in the face, shoving her, and threatening to smother her. In one assault, when Robertson attempted to hit his infant child with a large metal belt, his girlfriend shielded the baby with her own body. As a result, Robertson beat her with the belt. The matter was eventually referred to the...

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