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Navajo VP leads in primary

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Navajo Vice-President Jonathan Nez, who came out on top of all the pre-election polls, had no problem coming in first in the Navajo Nation primary for tribal president Aug. 28.

He won more chapters than all of the other 17 candidates combined, getting 14,105 votes, according to the unofficial totals.

Coming in second...

Body of missing man found

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Just after 3 pm on Aug. 28, Metro Dispatch received a report about a deceased person located north of the BNSF tracks, adjacent to Elizabeth Street and East Highway 66.

Gallup Police Department officers and detectives responded to the location and conducted an investigation to determine the cause of death.

Identification was difficult due to the state of the body, but positive identification was made Aug. 29, and the next of kin was notified.

The deceased was identified as Thomas Heredia, 34.

On Aug. 20, GPD Officer Douglas Hoffman took a Missing Persons report on Heredia.

Hoffman attempted to, but did not, locate him, and entered Heredia as a Missing Persons into the National...

Man receives second conviction for filming child pornography

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ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas secured a second felony conviction against Mark Webb, an Albuquerque man who secretly recorded graphic videos of an underage female in the bathroom Aug. 27.

Balderas previously convicted the same man of voyeurism at trial in 2016, yet the issue of whether Balderas could also go forward on additional charges of manufacturing child pornography in that case remained on appeal.

After the Court of Appeals agreed with Balderas’ position on appeal, Webb pleaded guilty to an additional count of second degree sexual exploitation of children by manufacture.

“This young survivor can now start to heal,” Balderas said. “The offender in this...

Owner of ABQ jewelry stores sentenced for fraud

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Store owner sold Filipino-made jewelry claiming it was Native-American-made

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. District Judge Judith C. Herrera of the District of New Mexico sentenced Nael Ali, 54, of Albuquerque, for violating the Indian Arts and Craft Act by fraudulently selling counterfeit Native American jewelry as Indian-Made Aug. 28.

Judge Herrera sentenced Ali, who previously pled guilty to two felony IACA charges, to six months of imprisonment followed by a year of supervised release. Ali was also ordered to pay $9,048.78 in restitution.

The IACA prohibits the offer or display for sale, or the sale of any good in a manner that falsely suggests that it is Native-produced, an Native...


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Corina Yazzie

Aug. 20, 7:22 pm

Aggravated DWI

Gallup Police Department Officer Adrian Quetawki responded to a call at about 7:30 pm concerning a reckless vehicle on West U.S. Highway 66.

When he got to the site, according to the report, the car had been pulled over by another officer, and the driver was outside, swaying back and forth. The driver was identified as Corina Yazzie, 24, of Gallup.

Yazzie said she was coming back from the Shalimar and admitted she’d had two beers and two shots at the establishment before driving. She agreed to take the standardized field sobriety tests and when she failed them, she was arrested.

She posted samples of .25 and .24 during a breath...

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