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Jailed man’s attempt to work from inside backfires

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Ryan Westman was back in the news this week for reportedly trying to get associates to retaliate against a witness.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Amanda Romero, 29, of Gallup and Benjamin Gonzales, 25, of Gallup for conspiracy.

Westman is currently residing in the McKinley County Adult Detention Center...

Man stabbed at shopping plaza

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A 30-year-old Native American man is in stable condition Thursday after being stabbed June 20 at the Safeway Supermarket.

Gallup Police Captain Marinda Spencer said details were still limited since the report on the incident had not come in, but call logs indicated that the victim had received moderate injuries as a result of a confrontation with the suspect who then fled after the stabbing.

His condition when medical personnel arrived on the scene was serious, she said, adding that he had to be treated for uncontrollable bleeding.

She added that the police have a suspect in custody who was being questioned Thursday morning but no charges had been filed at that time.

Laguna man sentenced for second degree murder

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ALBUQUERQUE – Jeffrey Antonio, 36, an enrolled member and resident of Laguna Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced June 21 in federal court in Albuquerque to 20 years of imprisonment for his second-degree murder conviction.  Antonio will serve a three-year term of supervised release after completing his prison sentence.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge William McClure of District IV of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services, and Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales, III.

Antonio was indicted on March 23, 2016, on a second-degree murder charge.  The indictment alleged that Antonio committed the offense on July 31, 2015, on the Sandia...

Senior center’s vehicle stolen, later recovered

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THOREAU – The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a brawl-in at the Thoreau Senior Citizen Center during which a vehicle belonging to the organization was stolen.

Deputy J. Bowman said he was dispatched to the center about 6:49 a.m. on June 13 after officials at the center came to work and noticed that their garage door was open. They found some sensor lights damaged. Nothing was missing from the building but the organization’s Ford Explorer was gone.

Bowman found a window on the north end of the garage that had been opened about 8 inches, enough to allow a thin person to enter. Officials at the center said that whoever broke in found the keys to the car in the...

Vanderwagen man pleads guilty to child sex crime charge

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ALBUQUERQUE – Ronald George, 47, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Vanderwagen, N.M., pled guilty June 15 in federal court in Albuquerque to an abusive sexual contact charge.

George entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement that recommends that he be sentenced to a term of imprisonment within the range of 78 to 97 months followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.  George will be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence.

George was arrested on April 18, 2017, on an indictment charging him with sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 years between Feb. 4, 2014 and Sept. 21, 2015, on the...

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