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Volkswagen to pay total of $4.3 billion to resolve criminal, civil actions

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WASHINGTON – Volkswagen has agreed to plead guilty to three criminal felony counts and to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty as a result of the company’s long-running scheme to sell thousands of diesel vehicles in the U.S. by using a defeat device to cheat on mandated emissions tests.

In addition, the company has...

FBI: Search ends for missing women, children in Santa Ana Pueblo

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The five bodies found on Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico this past week have been identified by relatives as Leticia George (adult), Vanessa George (adult), Zoe Becenti (child), Chloe Becenti (child), and Haleigh Toledo (child).

It appears the bodies recovered are of the missing women and children who were the subject of a recent Albuquerque Police Department missing persons bulletin issued Jan. 5.

The Office of the Medical Investigator will make a definitive determination on the identities of all the recovered bodies.

The FBI, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico State Police, Santa Ana Police and Conservation Departments, Jemez Pueblo Police...

Tables turn on Metro Dispatch employee

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A McKinley County employee was jailed and later released Dec. 25 from the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a misdemeanor assault on a household member charge, records show.

Patrick Woods, 42, deputy director at Metro Dispatch, was arrested early Christmas morning after Gallup police were dispatched to his West Jefferson residence.

Upon arrival, they found Woods, a 44-year-old woman, and their 22-year-old son in the living room of the home, according to a police report on the matter by Gallup Police Officer Joe Roanhorse.

“(The son) stated that he saw his father pick up a chair and throw it at his mom,” the report reads. “(The son) stated his parents argued for a while...


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The legal limit is .08

Queena M. Kien

Dec. 24, 3:11 am

Aggravated DWI

Kien, an Emergency Room nurse at Gallup Indian Medical Center, had the tables turned on her when she crashed her vehicle on NM 118 at 1-40 exit 33. No other cars were involved in the wreck, McKinley County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Roxanne King stated in her report.

Kien, 36, said that she had worked a 12-hour shift and fell asleep at the wheel, missing the exit. King noted that Kien had bloodshot, watery eyes and reeked of alcohol, but she initially denied having anything to drink. Paramedics, who knew her by first name, checked on her physical condition. Kien advised them that she was OK.

King asked...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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Well, maybe this seemed like a fun thing to do when you were about 16, but no fun for servers and business owners. And it’s a crime. This didn’t stop Dewayne Yazzie, 49, though, from giving it a shot at the east side Denny’s.

A server approached MCSO Deputy Merlin Benally as he fueled up his patrol unit at the nearby Shell gas station on Hwy 66. The server had caught up with Yazzie inside of the convenience store. He dined, then dashed from a $6.66 ticket.

He was booked for falsely obtaining services.



McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Johnson Lee was dispatched to Palm Harbor Homes in reference to a...

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