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Navajo man sentenced to federal prison for deadly weapon assault

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PHOENIX – On Jan. 8, Sergio Charley, 37, of Tonalea, Ariz., and a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 46 months in prison followed by a term of 3 years of supervised release. Charley had previously pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon.

On April 12, 2016...


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Erwin Alliosn

Dec. 30, 4:37 pm

2nd DWI, Aggravated

McKinley County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tammy Houghtaling was notified by metro dispatch that a man was found unresponsive behind the wheel of a blue Dodge Dart. Houghtaling located the car and approached the driver, Alliosn, 50. Alliosn was by that point awake and accompanied by a woman, 26. The woman told Houghtaling she was worried he was in a medical emergency, but Alliosn denied that that was the case, and admitted to having been drinking earlier in the day.

Alliosn was handing Houghtaling his license and registration when the sergeant smelled alcohol coming from his breath, and noticed that his eyes were watery and...

McKinley County man pleads guilty to federal child pornography charge

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ALBUQUERQUE – Jothonnie Yazzie, 29, of Rocksprings, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an indictment charging him possessing child pornography.  Yazzie entered the guilty plea under a plea agreement recommending a sentence within the range of 37 to 63 months in prison followed by ten years of supervised release.  He also will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.

The FBI and McKinley County Sheriff’s Office arrested Yazzie on Dec. 20, 2016, on the indictment, which was filed on Dec. 7, 2016, and charged him with possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit...

Fire rages on Maloney Avenue New Year’s Day

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A fire ravaged an abandoned house on Maloney Avenue and 4th Street, between Ted’s Pawn and the shuttered Plese Grocery Market Jan. 1

The call came into Metro Dispatch at about 5:45 pm. One man was rescued from the building and treated for smoke inhalation. The fire was readily contained, and no other injuries were reported. Gallup Police Department Capt. Marinda Spencer said the man could face charges as he wasn’t granted permission to enter the home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

By Babette Herrmann

Sun Editor

Weekly Police Activity Report

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The first few hours of 2018 were exciting for McKinley County and Gallup Police officers. At about 4:14 am on New Year’s Day, McKinley County Sheriff’s Dep. Roxanne Slim was sent to Flying J in Jamestown over a domestic dispute in the parking lot. Slim detained Daniel Yazzie at the scene, who told officers that the woman “attempted to crawl on [him] in the driver seat. To stop her [he] kept pushing her away and [his] bracelet scratched her forehead,” according to the police report.

The woman denied that any altercation took place, although she had scratches and bruises on her face. Officers found that Yazzie had a bench warrant in Gallup, and was booked. The woman was...

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