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FBI seeks information in 2017 death

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The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the death of Alvin Yazzie, Jr., of Sanostee, N.M., on the Navajo Nation. 

On July 15, 2017, Yazzie's body was discovered approximately three miles north of the Chapter House in...

FBI seeks information in 2017 death

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The FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the death of Alvin Yazzie, Jr., of Sanostee, N.M., on the Navajo Nation. 

On July 15, 2017, Yazzie's body was discovered approximately three miles north of the Chapter House in Sanostee. 

An autopsy indicated Yazzie suffered multiple blunt and sharp force injuries to his head.

Yazzie was last seen in the company of an unidentified Native American man with whom he had a fight in a nearby residence. 

The man followed Yazzie outside and down a dirt road.

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating.

If...

Baby shot in motel room by 3-year-old

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Mother and boyfriend arrested for child abuse

Gallup Police Department officers responded to the shooting of an 8-month-old baby Dec. 8, which resulted in the arrest of the child’s mother and boyfriend for child abuse.

GPD Officer Darius Johnson was dispatched to Zia Motel, 915 E. Hwy 66, at about 6:35 pm Dec. 8 in reference to shots fired, according to a criminal complaint.

At the scene, Johnson met GPD Officer D. Hoffman, who arrived before him and had picked up an individual who was carrying an 8-month-old baby who had been shot in the face.

According to a Dec. 9 GPD press release, a person who had been nearby and heard the mother crying for help was rendering first aid when...

Body found near Walmart

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Foul play not suspected in death of 72-year-old

A body was discovered Dec. 9 near the Walmart Supercenter, 1650 Maloney Ave. in Gallup, when an unknown individual reported the person to Walmart security at about 9:47 am.

According to Gallup Police Department Captain Marinda Spencer, the security officer checked on the reported individual and discovered he was not breathing.

The deceased has been identified as David Joe, 72, of Twin Lakes, N.M, Spencer said.

Joe’s next of kin have been notified, and foul play is not suspected.

“There were no signs of trauma,” Spencer stated. “But can’t rule it out until we get a complete report from [the state Office of the Medical...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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BACKPACKING

12/10, Gallup

A Vanderwagen man was arrested after he reportedly accosted a man in the Downtown Walkway and stole his backpack.

Jesse Fred, 44, was charged with robbery Dec. 10.

Gallup Police Department Officer Cindy Romancito said she was dispatched to the walkway near 215 W. Coal Ave. at about 8 pm because of a report of a fight in progress. There, she found a man with blood on his face.

She said she called out to the man and he began to swear at her. She stopped to question him, and he told her he was smoking a cigar in the walkway when two men jumped him and stole his backpack. The two were not anywhere to be found but police began a search and found a man...

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