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Two Gallup men jailed on heroin charge, bench warrant

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Two known Gallup druggies with past criminal records remained behind bars April 6 in connection to a routine traffic stop. Officers with the Region 1 Task Force with the Gallup Police Department and McKinley County Sheriff’s Office stopped a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck on March 28 at about 7:20 pm that was driven by an...

Changes to Octavia Fellin Library’s Authors Festival lineup

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Award winning author, C.B. McKenzie, is set to open the 3rd Annual Authors Festival at the Octavia Fellin Public Library at 6 pm April 7.

McKenzie is an international nomad who brings a unique voice to his characters and a diverse perspective to his audience. McKenzie’s Bad Country won the 2014 Hillerman Prize for best mystery novel set in the Southwest.

This crime novel interweaves the tension between tradition and modernity while exploring the “rez” culture of southern Arizona. Burn What Will Burn, McKenzie’s second novel released in the summer of 2016, brought the author equally high acclaim. Please join us for a spectacular evening of prose and mystery.

Due to illness...

Court sides with Navajo Nation over B.I.A. funding debacle

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WINDOW ROCK – The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held on April 5, that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owes the Navajo Nation approximately $15.6 million plus interest in funding it withheld from the Nation’s Judicial Branch operations in 2014.

In doing so, the Court of Appeals reversed the District Court’s March 2016 decision denying the Nation’s motion for summary judgment under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA), 25 U.S.C. §450 et seq.

The BIA awarded the Nation only $1.3 million in 2014, but the Nation argued that the denial of the majority of its funding request by the BIA was untimely. Under the ISDEAA, the...

Church Rock man pleads guilty to a federal child sex abuse charge

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Plea agreement MEANS less time in prison

ALBUQUERQUE – Adrian Tom, 38, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Church Rock, N.M., pled guilty earlier this week in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an abusive sexual contact charge.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Tom will be sentenced within the range of 37 to 63 months in prison followed by not less than five years of supervised release. Tom will also be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence.

On March 29, Tom pled guilty to a felony information charging him with abusive sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley...

Alleged Gallup child molester free on $20K bond

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Report too graphic to list details

A Gallup man, arrested on three charges of criminal sexual contact with a minor, a child under 13 years old, remains free on a $20,000 bail bond after being released from the McKinley County Detention Center on March 29. Eric Hernandez, 31, was taken into custody about a week earlier on the molestation charges.

According to a report, Hernandez, over an extended period of time, allegedly fondled the private parts of at least one child and at various places in his West Wilson residence. The skin-crawling details, too graphic to note in this report, led to Hernandez’s arrest.

Officials with the Gallup Police Department interviewed the 5-year-old...

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