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Navajo Man from Sheep Springs sentenced to prison for federal voluntary manslaughter

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ALBUQUERQUE – , 53, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Sheep Springs, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Santa Fe, N.M., to 100 months in prison for his voluntary manslaughter conviction.  Denetclaw will be on supervised release for three years following his prison sentence.


Navajo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charges

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Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

ALBUQUERQUE – Patrick Wadsworth, 46, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Sanostee, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to an assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Wadsworth was arrested on Jan. 22, 2016, on an indictment charging him with assaulting a woman resulting in serious bodily injury on Nov. 6, 2014, in San Juan County, N.M.

During today’s proceedings, Wadsworth pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Nov. 6, 2014, he assaulted the victim by striking her and causing bruising to her face...

New Mexico State Police shoot, kill man

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Shooting occured on Laguna PuebloStaff ReportsOn Monday morning, New Mexico State Police Officers responded to a call for assistance from the Laguna Tribal Police in reference to an armed individual that fled from tribal authorities.
Officers located the individual and subsequently shots were fired. The suspect sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
This incident occurred on the Laguna Reservation west of Albuquerque, north of the 126 exit on Interstate 40.
The sequence of events leading up the officer discharging his weapon is currently being investigated. No other information is available at this time.
All details of this incident are being investigated...

What we know about the Gamerco fire

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What we know about the Gamerco fireTwo mobile homes burned down at 202 S. Chino Loop. The homes belonged to Dina Ponce and Anthony Martinez.The estimated damages are about $30,000.The cause of the fire is under investigation.The fire hydrant close to the home on Chino and Hubble wasn’t working.Gallup Fire Chief Eric Babcock said this could have possibly contributed to a delay in fighting the fire. Gallup fire trucks only hold several minutes worth of water. McKinley County Fire Dept. brought in tankers that hold 500 gallons of water.The nearest fire hydrants were 1,000 feet from the trucks. Gamerco Water & Sanitation District Manager Francisco Cantu said there’s a comprehensive plan...

MCSO raids Gallup home

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Drug suspect jailed on $56k bond

By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

A Gallup man remained jailed June 27 after an early morning raid by sheriff’s deputies of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Pat Salazar of the MCSO said Brandon Yazzie of 307 E. Persching Ave. was taken into custody June 24 on five counts of child abuse, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and a count of the possession, delivery or manufacturing of drug paraphernalia.

Steve Silversmith, warden at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center, said Yazzie, 36, is behind bars on a $56,000 bail bond. There are no attorneys listed in jail records for Yazzie.

“This was the result of months...

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