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FBI makes arrest in case from earlier in year

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The FBI announced last week that agents have finally been able to track down a Shiprock man who was being sought for hitting a BIA Police Officer who was trying to get him to exit his vehicle.

A press release from the FBI said the incident occurred near the Shiprock High School on Jan. 22. Two men, one a Navajo police...

Amid new cases and deaths, Navajo Nation announces recoveries

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service reported 141 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation, and a total of 127 deaths as of May 14. Preliminary reports from a few health care facilities indicate that approximately 515 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, with more reports still pending.

This week, the Navajo Epidemiology Center worked closely with healthcare providers to conduct a quality assurance assessment on the number of COVID-19 cases. Due to cross jurisdictional challenges and longer than normal verification processes, an additional 99 previously unreported...

COVID-19 cases in New Mexico pass 5,600

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SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on May 15 announced 164 additional positive tests for COVID-19. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:36 new cases in Bernalillo County1 new case in Cibola County2 new cases in Curry County11 new cases in Doña Ana County2 new cases in Guadalupe County57 new cases in McKinley County4 new cases in Sandoval County37 new cases in San Juan County2 new cases in San Miguel County1 new case in Santa Fe County1 new case in Taos County3 new cases in Valencia County7 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility

The Department of Health on Friday also reported eleven additional deaths...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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Shiprock, May 4

The FBI reported that Derrick Begay, 32, of Shiprock, had been charged with assaulting a federal official.

According to the report, Begay struck a BIA official in the face with his hand on Jan. 22. The incident occurred at Shiprock High School. After assaulting the federal official, Begay reportedly drove away at a high rate of speed.

He was arrested by FBI agents in Shiprock on May 4.


Gallup, May 2

A St. Michaels woman was arrested on May 2 after she got into an altercation with a McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy and a health care worker.

Candace Manuelito, 30, was charged with one count each of battery on a household...

Man arrested for hitting children, officer

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Multiple charges have been filed in Magistrate Court against a Gallup man for reportedly hitting his children and kicking a police officer.

Gallup Police Officer Aaron Baldonado said he was dispatched about 10 pm on April 28 to an apartment on Elm Circle in reference to a domestic dispute.

When he got there, he met with Jazlyn Yazzie who said her boyfriend, Sheldon Whitegoat, no age given, had been drinking and was hitting their children. Baldonado said Whitegoat was in a back room covered in a blanket. He added he tried to wake Whitegoat, but he did not respond.

Yazzie said the problems began when her two-year-old daughter stepped on Whitegoat’s tablet and he hit her in her legs and...

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