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Leupp man sentenced 22 years for child sex abuse

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PHOENIX – On Dec. 18, Marvin Benally, 47, of Leupp, Ariz., and a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell to 264 months in prison followed by lifetime supervised release and sex offender conditions. Benally had previously pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact of a child.


Woman bound, beaten during terrifying ordeal

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When Gallup Police Department Officer Timothy Hughte arrived at the 400 block of South 5th Street on a call Dec. 11, he did not know if the female victim he coming to assist was alive or dead.

The victim’s mother met with officers as they arrived on the scene. It was 12:18 am. She informed Hughte that she had found her daughter and located her pulse.

The victim, who is in her early 20s, was sitting on the floor inside the residence beside a tipped over chair. Blood “covered her face,” according to the police report.

Other furniture inside the residence had also been toppled, including a sofa and a television set. Children’s clothing was spread across the floor.


Balderas finds more to blame for NM opioid crisis

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ALBUQUERQUE – On Dec. 20, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the addition of new claims and three new defendants to his lawsuit against companies he alleges are responsible for the opioid epidemic in New Mexico.

Following additional investigation, Balderas made the decision to amend New Mexico’s original complaint both to allege an industry-wide effort among manufacturers and distributors to unlawfully increase opioid sales in New Mexico, and to name additional defendants for their part in creating the epidemic.

“The entire pharmaceutical opioid industry, including both manufacturers and distributors together, has been in on the scheme to illegally market and...

Balderas announces charities compliance sweep

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ALBUQUERQUE – On Dec. 19, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the launch of the New Mexico Charities Compliance Sweep. The Office of the Attorney General has started sending out notices to charities across the state that are delinquent in their registration and reporting requirements as required by the Charitable Solicitations Act. The sweep offers delinquent charities the opportunity to come into compliance without having to face formal legal action.

“New Mexicans who open their hearts and wallets deserve to know where their hard-earned money is being spent by a charity,” Balderas said. “I am offering charities the opportunity to self-report and come into compliance...

In Loving Memory

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Gallup veteran police officer succumbs to cancer

Retired Detective Donald Howard passed away Dec. 18, after losing his battle to brain cancer.

Donations can be made through any Wells Fargo Bank through the account “Donald Howard’s Donation Account.”

There will be an escort beginning at the Gallup Police Department at 10 am. Services will be Dec. 22 at 11 am, at the First Baptist Church located at 2112 College Drive, Gallup, New Mexico.

Family, friends, fellow officers and the community are welcome to join. Line up will begin around 9 am. Civilian parking will be to the north of the parking lot and all officers may park within the gated area.

Donald Howard will be greatly...

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