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Jim R. Parris confirmed as controller of the Navajo Nation

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.  – With 18 votes in favor, one against and five not voting, Jim R. Parris was confirmed Jan. 27 by the 23rd Navajo Nation Council as the new Controller of the Navajo Nation.

Parris, a tribal member of the Osage and Cherokee Nations, was appointed as Controller by President Russell Begaye and Vice...

Weekly Crime Blotter

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LOCAL PROPRIETOR IN HOT WATER

GALLUP, 1/22

Reports are sketchy at best on what occurred at Steve Coleman’s residence and how things escalated from there. Two of his neighbor’s dogs were reportedly shot at, and one died. Coleman has some past convictions, and as a felon, he’s supposed to stay clear of firearms. Coleman and his wife are the proprietors of Nugget Gallery, and were the target of thieves in recent months.

He’s facing a range of charges: possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon; two counts of conspiracy to commit extreme cruelty to animals; negligent use of a deadly weapon; four counts of criminal damage to property; and multiple counts of...

Local biz owner assaulted in parking lot

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A local businessman was severely beaten after stopping to help a woman being assaulted by her boyfriend in the parking lot of the El Rancho Hotel during the early evening hours of Jan. 22.

Tim Adcock, who owns Ted’s Pawn with his father Bud Adcock, had attempted to help the woman, identified as Gabrielle Lee, and was sucker punched from behind, according to sources.  Lee’s boyfriend, Daniel Henio, and the man that allegedly hit Adcock from behind, both began beating on Adcock.

When GPD Officer Charles Steele arrived, Adcock had already been transported to the hospital with serious head injuries. Steele stated in his report that Daniel Henio was fighting with the “other guys”...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Legal limit is .08. ENDWI

Sherry Frances Juarez

Jan. 3, 3:31 am

DWI

Gallup Police Department Officer Daniel Brown spotted a GMC Suburban sitting stationary at a stop sign at Carver and Maloney. When he approached Juarez, 35, her head was hanging out the window and she appeared to be sleeping, according to the report. When she came to, she seemed dazed. She blew a .13, twice, during the breath test.

Kayla M. Chapo

Jan. 1, 4:25 am

DWI

Chapo, 28, was a dead giveaway. GPD Officer Darius Johnson pulled up behind her Buick that was stopped in the middle of U.S. Route 491. When he approached the vehicle he noticed that she was face down in the steering wheel with the...

Man found in car

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Death likely accidental, police say

Gallup Police Department responded to a call at 507 S. 8th St. before the noon hour on Jan. 27, regarding a man who had passed away in his vehicle.

The man, identified as Alexander Diaz, 52, of Gallup, was last seen alive at 8 pm the night before. The cause of death is pending an autopsy and toxicology testing, but GPD Sgt. Roseanne Kavzlarich said the initial investigation revealed that “he had a plug in heater in the car that may have caught fire,” and he may have breathed in carbon monoxide from the smoke while sleeping, leading to his death.

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