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Weekly Crime Blotter

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3/29, FALSE IMPRISONMENT

A lovers spat in Thoreau allegedly crossed the line, according McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai’s report. A man said the he was assaulted with a coffee cup, rock and was held against his will by his girlfriend Phoebia Lee. Both had redness and bumps on their...

President Begaye says Winslow shooting warrants investigation

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WINSLOW, Ariz – According to a press release issued by the City of Winslow, on Mar. 27, at 4 pm, Winslow Police officers were dispatched to the Circle K located at 323 N. Williamson Avenue to investigate a report of a shoplifting.

Officers were alerted to search for a subject described as a Native American female wearing gray sweatpants and a white top. Officers located a subject fitting this description in the area.

The press release states that while attempting to take the subject into custody, a struggle ensued. The subject displayed a weapon which the responding officer perceived as a substantial threat. The officer discharged his weapon resulting in the death of 27-year-old...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Leonard L. Doctor

March 24, 5:10 pm

8th DWI, Aggravated

It would be interesting to find out what kind of sentence and fines the courts will hand down to Doctor, who this time around got into an accident near T&R Market, then fled the scene. According to MCSO Deputy Merlin Benally’s report, Doctor nearly eluded him. He had sped off in a Ford Mustang, but Benally was finally able to catch up with him at North Clekai and Tso Drive in Yahtahey. He didn’t fare well on field sobriety tests and blew a .32 and .30 during the breath tests, meaning … he was totally wasted.

Christopher James

Feb. 28, 3:04 am

3rd DWI

James is the latest in another case of driver passing...

PED shakeup continues – two more top staffers leave

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Two more top-level employees at the state Public Education Department recently left their jobs, taking the number to at least five since the beginning of the year.

Terese Vigil, who headed the PED’s human resources bureau, left the department in mid-February. Aimee Barabe, director of Strategic Outreach for the department, left around the same time period.

Vigil and Barabe’s exits make at least five resignations from top-level PED staffers since the end of January. The three others were Deputy Secretary for Policy and Program Leighann Lenti, Chief Information Officer Michael Archibeque and National Assessment of Educational Progress and Internal Assessments State Coordinator...

ACLU suit seeks to end testing ‘gag rule’

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A lawsuit challenges a ban on “disparaging” school tests by public education students that has been called a “gag rule” in the past.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico filed the lawsuit in First Judicial District Court Wednesday morning on behalf of six public schools teachers and one parent of a student in public schools.

A regulation from the state Public Education Department (PED) says that public education employees cannot “disparage or diminish the significance, importance or use of standardized tests.” Penalties for violating the provision include “suspension or revocation of a person’s educator or administrator licensure or other PED...

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