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Weekly Crime Blotter

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One alleged crime turned into another when a mugging victim allegedly threw a rock at a Gamerco resident’s window, breaking it. The events took place near 608 Rust Ave. at about 3:06 pm. The owner of the residence called for help, and accused Kendrick Yazzie, 25, of throwing the rock...

Felony outlaw Paradise in trouble with the law – again

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Methamphetamine, a Glock 42 handgun, hollow point bullets, heroin, and a notebook filled with narcotic sales transactions was found on John Paradise, after he was taken into custody on March 3, at the end of yet another long hunt by Gallup Police Department.

Some readers may remember the Sun’s coverage of John Paradise earlier this year, when it was reported he was taken into custody on Jan. 31, for charges of shooting at or from a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property over $1,000, and negligent use of a deadly weapon charges.

A wanted poster on the Sun’s website and in print had been issued in December in relation to the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office wanting him for...

Convicted Albuquerque sex offender pleads guilty to pornography charge

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ALBUQUERQUE – Randal Gordon Paul, 47, of Albuquerque, N.M., entered a guilty plea March 7 to a federal child pornography charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Paul will be sentenced to ten years of imprisonment followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Paul also will be required to pay restitution in the amount of $1,000 to any victim who is identified and requests restitution, and to register as a sex offender.

Paul was arrested on Dec. 2, on a criminal complaint charging him with possessing and distributing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit activity from June 2015 through Nov. 2016, in Bernalillo County, N.M.

According to the criminal complaint...

Grand theft auto, wild west edition

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A victim of vehicle theft hesitated to call the police immediately when she reportedly witnessed her vehicle being stolen and driving off into the distance around noon March 5. She finally called for help from the Gallup Police Department about 30 minutes later, when a friend informed her that she had seen the vehicle – in the worst possible circumstances.

People who saw it described her stolen vehicle as “a beautiful new truck,” after  it was witnessed downtown – crashing into buildings and other cars.

The first victim of the reckless criminal said that she had been driving east on Coal Street, when she noticed a vehicle barreling erratically towards her. She pushed the gas...

Martinez vetoes bill on use of sick leave impacting teachers’ evaluations

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Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed legislation March 9 that would allow teachers to use their sick leave without it affecting their evaluations.

Martinez said if the bill, which sponsors dubbed the “Teachers are Human Too Act,” became law, it would lead to more teacher absences, which would create more expenses, including for substitute teachers. Martinez said this would also lead to decreased quality of education.

“We need our teachers in our classrooms, and House Bill 241 would lead to more teacher absences,” Martinez wrote.

The Public Education Department was unable to estimate in the bill’s Fiscal Impact Report how many teacher absences there would be under the bill, and at...

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