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Man sentenced to 9-years for fatal stabbing

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – On May 9, Douglas Lawrence Bedell, Jr., 31, of Dilkon, Arizona, a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 108 months’ imprisonment.  Bedell had previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

On Jan. 4, 2015, Bedell killed the victim, Brian Lee, also...

State Auditor Tim Keller Launches Statewide “Rape Kit” Backlog

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Audit Aims to identify causes of statewide backlog

SANTA FE – New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller announced May 5 that the Office of the State Auditor is conducting a statewide audit of the inventory of untested sexual assault evidence kits, commonly referred to as “rape kits.”

The OSA will survey all law enforcement agencies statewide regarding their practices for handling rape kits and has selected certain law enforcement agencies around the state for a special audit to perform a detailed review of policies and procedures related to the kits.

The special audit will outline best practices needed to clear the backlog and prevent it from happening again.

“Clearing the backlog...

FBI, Navajo Nation seeking information on armed robbery

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TUBA CITY, Ariz. – The FBI and the Navajo Nation are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying several people who may have information regarding the armed robbery of a Chevron gas station in Tuba City, Arizona May 2.

The individuals captured in surveillance photos were seen in the vicinity of the Chevron during the robbery. Authorities are calling these individuals persons of interest because they may have information regarding the incident.

If you have any information regarding this robbery or any of the pictured individuals, please contact the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office, Flagstaff Resident Agency, at (928) 774-0631 or the Navajo Department of Public Safety at (928)...

MCSO nab Gallup man on drug charges after traffic stop: Meth, pipes seized in traffic stop

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By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

A routine traffic stop on May 3 yielded the arrest of one Gallup man on drug charges and with another given a written citation for drug evidence, officials said at a Friday afternoon news conference.

Wade Rodriguez, 23, and Aaron Gonzales, 26, were pulled over by McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Johnson Lee near Historic Highway 66 and not far from Aztec Avenue on the east side of town. Rodriguez was subsequently charged with trafficking a controlled substance and also charged with the possession, delivery or manufacturing of drug paraphernalia, according to Lee’s report on the matter.

Gonzales was not charged in the incident, but was...

AMBER ALERT CANCELED: biological parents in custody

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John Montoya and Monica Jody Martinez are in custody thanks to a watchful Gallup Motel 6 clerk. The clerk recognized the couple and vehicle based off an Amber Alert that was issued at 1 am and called police.

GPD Lt. Rosanne Morrissette said the two girls, ages 11 months and 3, were already in Utah state custody when the couple learned that the children were visiting a relative's home. It's not clear why the children were taken from the biological parents in the first place, but both of the parents have an alleged history of drug use and violence.

Gallup Police Department officers and McKinley County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the call at 4:06 am, and the couple was taken...

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