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Pawn shop robbery suspect dead

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The man suspected of stealing a revolver from Ted’s Pawn has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound March 8.

Gallup Police Department released an “attempt to locate” bulletin to the Sun shortly before noon Thursday.

The bulletin stated that the man, who was described as Native American and being about 5 feet 5...

FBI investigating homicide of Navajo man

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UPDATE: Roger Johnson, 69, of Yah-Ta-Hey, New Mexico, has been positively identified as the victim of a homicide.

His body was discovered on February 27 on the Isleta Pueblo.

The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anybody with information is asked to call the FBI (505) 889-1300.


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Roger Johnson, 69, was last seen on Feb. 26.

Shortly before his disappearance, Johnson is believed to have been in the company of an unidentified individual, whom the FBI would like to contact.

This unidentified person is not considered a suspect at this time.

The Isleta Police Department is assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call...

Bounty hunters catch fraud crooks in Gallup

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The search for the two fugitives wanted for credit card fraud began on Feb. 23 with a phone call from Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Duane Chapman, who is better known as Dog because of his popular cable television program of that name, had called Alex Wooten for help in finding Jeffery Rees, 34, of Honolulu, and Joshua Kingsley, 33, of Waipahu, Hawaii.

Wooten and his wife Hermicia started a branch of the Gerald Madrid Bail Bond Company in Gallup about two years ago, and besides tracking down people who skipped out on bail in the area, Wooten has also done some bounty hunting and helped track fugitives being sought by other bail bondsmen.

Chapman had tracked the two from Las Vegas to...

Police chief loses dispute suit against city

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District Court Judge Robert Aragon ruled in favor of the city of Gallup in the city’s dispute with Gallup Police Chief Phillip Hart over use of community service aides to pick up drunks.

Aragon held a day-long bench trial on the issue Feb. 28 rejecting Hart’s interpretation of state laws dealing with placing intoxicated persons in detox centers like NCI.

Hart has been fighting with the city since last summer over this issue, claiming that state law requires a certified police officer or a doctor to sign someone in to a detox center. He argued that community service aides don’t have that authority.

The city, however, argued that under state law community service aides are...

Chinle man sentenced to 9 years for abusive sexual contact with a minor

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PHOENIX– Earlson Tso, 39, of Chinle, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 108 months’ imprisonment Feb. 26. Tso had previously pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact with a minor.

In June 2016, the victim, a minor and member of the Navajo Nation, reported inappropriately being touched by Tso while sleeping. Tso is also a member of the Navajo Nation.

Navajo Nation Criminal Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigations conducted the investigation. The prosecution was handled by Kiyoko Patterson, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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