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Gallup police looking for Josh Cucciardi

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Man faces forgery, identity theft charges

A Gallup man, wanted on theft of identity and forgery charges, is on the wanted list of Gallup police, according to information obtained from Magistrate Court. An arrest warrant was signed April 19.

According to a criminal complaint on the matter, Josh...

Politicians turn out for anti-abortion conference, fundraising

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Anti-abortion advocates from across the country held a press conference in Albuquerque Wednesday morning denouncing New Mexico’s flagship university for its fetal tissue donation practices. Among those who spoke at the event were Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican and Washington D.C. attorney Catherine Glenn Foster. Blackburn, who chaired the controversial congressional Select Panel on Infant Rights, said she came to “join my colleague in the House [of Representatives] and those in New Mexico that have worked on the issue of life.”

The Select Panel released a report in January faulting the University of New Mexico for lacking protocols...

Female child abuser out on $40K bond

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5-year-old girl kicked in the butt, 8-year-old boy fed bologna sandwiches

A Gallup female, charged with two counts of child abuse, has been released from the Gallup-McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $40,000 bond amount, officials confirmed.

Shannon Begay, 32, was jailed on April 3 and let out April 5, according to jail records. According to an arrest warrant, Gallup police began investigating Begay after one of her kids, a 5-year-old, identified in the arrest warrant as A.B., came into the Gallup Indian Medical Center at least once looking malnourished and with body bruises.

The same physical situation appeared to be happening to an 8-year-old boy, identified in the warrant...

Defendants sentenced to 25 years for murder of Sanders man

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PHOENIX – Earlier this month, Vaughn Paul James, 24, of Sanders, Ariz., was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton to 300 months of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release.

James had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder-aid and abet. James’s co-defendant, Nolan Lewis, 30, of Kykotsmovi, Ariz., had also previously pleaded guilty to the same crime and received the same sentence.

On Sept. 10, 2013, James and Lewis assaulted the victim near Sanders, Ariz. While the victim was still alive, he was placed in the trunk of his own car. The victim was later found deceased inside the trunk of the car, which had burn marks near the gas...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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CHECK BANDIT BUSTED

4/18, Gallup

James Vinson remained incarcerated at the Gallup-McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a probation-related violation, officials said. Vinson was on probation for larceny and burglary charges. He’s being held on a $3,000 bond.

Vinson was taken into custody April 18 for not checking in with his Gallup probation officer, according to jail records. Vinson was a suspect in recent incidents regarding the cashing of forged checks. He’s is also listed as an accomplice to Josh Cucciardi, who is currently wanted by local police for forgery and identity theft.

In one instance of Vinson’s past wrongdoing, he attempted to cash a bogus $685.78 check...

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