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Smith Lake man sentenced to 18 years on sexual abuse charges

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Victim under the age of 12

ALBUQUERQUE – Galvan L. Betonie, 25, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Smith Lake, N.M., was sentenced Aug. 14 in federal court in Albuquerque to 216 months of imprisonment for his conviction on two aggravated child sexual abuse charges.

Betonie previously pleaded guilty...

Zuni Pueblo man in federal custody pending manslaughter, assault charges

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ALBUQUERQUE – A U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Albuquerque, N.M., ordered Terry Demetri Tsethlikai, 26, a member of Zuni Pueblo who resides in Black Rock, N.M., detained pending trial on an indictment charging him with manslaughter and assault charges Aug. 1.

Tsethlikai previously entered a not guilty plea to the three-count indictment on July 24.

A federal grand jury indicted Tsethlikai on June 27, and charged him with voluntary manslaughter, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to the indictment, Tsethlikai allegedly unlawfully killed a male victim during a sudden quarrel; assaulted a female victim, causing her to suffer...

Man wanted for violent armed robbery

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The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office released an arrest warrant for Karl Thompson, 19, of Ganado.

The State of New Mexico authorized any officer to execute the warrant and arrest Thompson and bring him to the Magistrate Court to answer to 13 charges.

Thompson is wanted for one count of armed robbery; one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery; one count of accessory to commit armed robbery; five counts of assault to commit armed robbery; three counts of abuse to a child; one count of unlawfully carrying a firearm into a licensed liquor establishment; and one count of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

These incidents occurred at the Mustang store in Bread Springs, 1060 Hwy...

Wells Fargo bank robbed

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FBI wants your help

The FBI and Santa Fe Police Department are looking for a man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank branch on the afternoon of Aug. 2.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 30s, approximately 5’10” tall, with a short beard and possibly short, dark blonde hair.

He wore a gray hat, a gray T-shirt with stains around the abdomen, dark jeans, and brown sunglasses. He carried a small bag that hung from his shoulder.

The suspect entered Wells Fargo, located at approximately 2:09 pm Aug. 2.

He presented a teller with a note that implied he had a gun.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who left the bank.

Anyone with...

Arrest in Tuba City, Ariz. bus collision

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Several students received non-life-threatening injuries

Navajo Police Department has arrested the man suspected of broadsiding a Tuba City, Ariz. Boarding School bus as it was transporting students home from school.  The Navajo Police Department received a call at 3:45 pm Aug. 7 reporting a school bus and vehicle collision that occurred on Moenae Road, one mile west of Main Street in Tuba City, Ariz.

According to responding officers, the bus was transporting more than 25 students home when a brown 2004 GMC pickup truck collided with the bus and left the scene of the crash.  Investigating officers were provided license plate information which led police to the vehicle and the...

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