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Shiprock man sentenced to 10 years for shooting woman

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ALBUQUERQUE – Norman Yazzie, 56, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was sentenced March 21 in federal court in Albuquerque to 10 years in prison followed by four years of supervised release for discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

Yazzie was arrested in May 2016 on a...

Breadsprings man sentenced for DWI-related death

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ALBUQUERQUE – Brandon Bob Lincoln, 30, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Breadsprings, N.M., was sentenced March 21 in federal court in Albuquerque to 37 months in prison for his involuntary manslaughter conviction. Lincoln will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Lincoln was arrested in March 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with involuntary manslaughter. According to the complaint, Lincoln killed a Navajo man when he crashed his vehicle on March 20, 2016, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County. At the time of the crash, Lincoln was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Lincoln subsequently was...


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The legal limit is .08.

Betty Joe

March 19, 10:42 pm

7th DWI, Aggravated

Joe, 63, of Window Rock was arrested for her seventh DWI this past weekend. She already had a suspended license; however, that didn’t stop her from taking to the road after drinking 30 bottles of Budweiser that day, according to her testimony in the report. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she crashed her vehicle eastbound on Interstate 40 around the 30 mile marker.

She stated to a responding deputy that she had planned to kill herself, at the same location her brother had perished, at a location on I-40. Her slurred speech, and odorous breath verified to responding McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Task...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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A woman was arrested for stabbing earlier this month over learning of  GPD Officer Francis Collins was called to a report of a stabbing at 413 Vega Ave March 7.

The victim, wearing blue jeans, and a tank top, met the officer outside of the house. The officer noticed he was bleeding, heavily. His right arm was wounded. He was having a hard time standing up, and the officer noted he was probably drunk, judging by the scent of alcohol coming from his breath.

The victim claimed that he had “fallen on a knife,” according to the police report, and asked for a lighter from the officer to light his cigarette, repeatedly, the report also states. The...

Dismissal in Carter v. Washburn staves off challenge to ICWA

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. —  District Court of Arizona issued an Order in Carter v. Washburn, dismissing a complaint filed by the Goldwater Institute challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act March 16.

The Goldwater Institute filed a Complaint alleging that specific provisions of ICWA were unconstitutional due to their reliance on the child’s enrollment or eligibility for enrollment in an Indian tribe. Among those provisions were the provisions related to Adoptive Placement Preference, Jurisdiction-Transfer, and Higher Evidentiary Standards for Termination of Parental Rights.

While the Complaint originally named the U.S. Department of Interior and Arizona...

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