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Navajo woman pleads guilty to child abuse charges

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Plea agreement recommends 10 year prison sentence

ALBUQUERQUE – Elmira Curley, 22, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Navajo, N.M., pleaded guilty Feb. 13 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to assault and child abuse charges.

Curley entered her guilty plea under a plea agreement that recommends a...

Beloved K-9 Arras passes away

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ALBUQUERQUE - The New Mexico State Police is very sad to announce the passing of K-9 Arras.  K-9 Arras passed away yesterday in Albuquerque from complications related to an unexpected medical event.

He nobly served the State of New Mexico from April 2012 up until his death.

During his service with the Department he was responsible for the seizure of 294 pounds of methamphetamine, 133 pounds of cocaine, eighty-two pounds of heroin and 1,218 pounds of marijuana.

He also apprehended fleeing felons on two separate occasions in his career.

He is survived by handler and friend Sgt. Ronald S. Wood.

NFL referee shares endearing stories, importance of education at annual Rotary scholarship banquet

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An estimated several hundred people turned out Feb. 8 for the annual Rotary club scholarship fundraiser. The keynote speaker was longtime NFL referee Ed Hochuli. Most NFL fans would recognize the name, but for the casual fan, he’s the one with biceps of steel, who wears his tight-fitting number 85 jersey and likes to explain the simplest penalties in a length that would rival War and Peace.

He also happens to be one of the most distinguished referees in the NFL, having officiated two Super Bowls, and in 2008 was voted “best referee” in an ESPN poll.

However, what isn’t widely known is that Hochuli is also a great speaker. He lead off the night with a hilarious story about...

Convenience store clerk injured by thugs

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A clerk at a Gallup gas station was transported to the hospital after being cut during an armed robbery late Thursday afternoon.

Details released Thursday night were sketchy but this is what we know at this time.

Two Native American males entered the convenience store at the Mustang Conoco, 3302 W. Highway 66, at about 5:20 pm, and attempted to run out with beer, heading north from the station.

One of the clerks was cut in the process, but police have not released any information on how serious the cut was.

One suspect has been arrested and charges of aggravated battery and robbery were being placed against him Thursday night. At this time, his name has not been released.

We should...

Arizona man charged in bank robbery

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An Arlington, Ariz. man was arrested Thursday by Gallup Police in connection with a bank robbery in Gallup earlier in the day.

Casey Erin Davenport, 41, was charged with robbery and tampering with evidence.

According to the criminal complaint filed against him, Gallup Police were dispatched to the Wells Fargo Bank, 300 West Aztec Ave., about 1:46 pm in connection with a bank robbery.

Bank officials told police that an older man, described as being about 5 feet, 8 inches in height with green eyes and wearing a cowboy hat and a blue and white striped shirt, had walked into the bank, went to one of the tellers, and demanded money.

White gave him an unspecified amount of money and he then...

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