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Crownpoint man sentenced to more than 15 years in prison

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ALBUQUERQUE – Jarod Martin, 36, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crownpoint, N.M., was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 183 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on assault and...

‘G’ crew caught, jailed

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Two locals fell victim to a Sept. 14 McKinley County Sheriff’s Office undercover drug operation and remained jailed on trafficking, conspiracy and solicitation charges as of press time.

Shawntel Luján, 21, of Gamerco, and Reyes Castillo, 24, of Gallup, remained behind bars Sept. 20 at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. Additionally, both Castillo and Luján were wanted by law enforcement on outstanding drug warrants, officials said.

Luján was jailed on a $5,000 cash-only bond, and Castillo’s bond was set at $15,000, according to information provided by jail officials.

Leading up to the bust, MCSO agents conducted methamphetamine buys from Castillo. Although a...

GPD: Man stabbed, murdered along South Second Street

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A woman was arrested Sept. 21 after she reportedly confessed to police that she stabbed 22-year-old Kendrick Chee Smith, which resulted in his death.

Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said Brandie Allen, 24, was booked for one open count of murder, tampering with evidence, and aggravated assault.

She’s being held at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

The stabbing occurred at about 5:30 pm Sept.19 when two Native American men ambushed two brothers that were drinking “four Loko” behind Sundance Dental, 1601 S. Second St.

According to the victim’s brother, Brandon Smith, 27, prior to the...

MCSO: Train fatality near Fire Rock claims one

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Alcohol believed to be a factor

One person was killed Sept. 17 after she was hit by a train near Fire Rock Navajo Casino at 249 Hwy. 66 in Church Rock, according to a police report.

At about 8:10 pm, Deputy Gabrielle Puhuyesva of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area behind the casino in reference to two pedestrians hit by a westbound train.

“While walking from the front to the back of the train, I passed the conductor of the Amtrak train,” Puhuyesva recorded in the report. “The conductor advised that there were two victims.”

Puhuyesva wrote that a female victim, Chelsea Chavez, 24, of Borrego Pass, was pronounced dead at the scene.


Hit-and-run suspect flees, caught

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A Gallup man was jailed Sept. 3 on a $10,000 bond after a hit and run following an accident along the Miyamura Overpass, officials said.

Gallup Police Department Officer Ryan Blackgoat wrote in a report that Gregory Lee, 40, left the scene of an accident and  became belligerent once he was caught in Indian Hills.

Lee was charged with assault upon a peace officer; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; driving on a suspended license; and driving under the influence of alcohol.

“The subject refused to stop, only at signs but not to my announcements and sirens,” Blackgoat recorded. “As I was making my announcements the driver would put his hand, with his middle finger in...

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