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Active shooter in Aztec High School leaves three dead

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Suspected shooter among deceased

AZTEC, N.M. – An active shooter opened fire at Aztec High School on the morning of Nov. 7, leaving at 2 students dead and 15 others injured. The numbers of the injured were reported in a statement from the Navajo Nation.

The suspected shooter is also dead, San Juan County Sheriff Ken...


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Gallup business owner beaten, robbed in home

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Two suspects remain at large

Joe Carlo Zecca, 87, answered a knock to his door on Nov. 30, expecting a visit from an employee. Instead, Zecca was met with the barrel of a gun, wielded by one of the two men who then robbed and assaulted him in his home on the 1200 block of East Aztec Avenue.

Gallup Police Department Officer Kelsey Francisco arrived at the scene at around 9:10 pm. Francisco saw that Zecca was bleeding, but Zecca said he did not want to receive medical attention, according to the police report.

Zecca is the owner of the infamous American Bar in downtown Gallup.

The gun the suspects used to threaten Zecca was described to police as a 9 mm, semi automatic with a black...

Navajo man from Hogback sentenced to nine years for federal assault conviction

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ALBUQUERQUE – Gary Begay, 24, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Hogback, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Albuquerque to 108 months in prison for his conviction on an assault charge. Begay will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Begay was arrested in June 2016, on an indictment charging him with sexual assault and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. According to the indictment, Begay committed the crimes on March 14, 2015, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M.

On Feb. 16, Begay pleaded guilty to Count 2 of the indictment charging him with assault resulting in serious...

Smith Lake man pleads guilty to federal child abuse charges

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ALBUQUERQUE – Roland Skeets, 27, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Smith Lake, N.M., pled guilty Dec. 6, in federal court in Albuquerque, to child abuse charges.  Skeets’ plea agreement recommends that he be sentenced to a prison term within the range of 15 to 21 months.

Skeets was arrested in August 2017, on an indictment charging him with child abuse resulting in great bodily injury to a male victim and child abuse endangering a female victim.  According to the indictment, the crimes took place on March 25, 2016, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County.

During the proceedings, Skeets pled guilty to an information charging him with assault...

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