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Shiprock man sentenced to prison for voluntary manslaughter conviction

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ALBUQUERQUE – Larry June, 58, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was sentenced Nov. 21 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 97 months in prison for his conviction on a voluntary manslaughter charge.

June will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison...

State Police announce checkpoints and saturation patrols statewide for December

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State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of December.

Police are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints aim to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.

Police believe hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.


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Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration/Insurance/DL...


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Tyrone Chavez

Nov. 11, 8:53 pm


McKinley County Sheriff’s Lt. Eric D. Jim got a call from Metro dispatch about a reckless vehicle driving the wrong direction down a highway. The vehicle pulled into and then drove out of the Fire Rock Casino parking lot before hitting another vehicle on Sundance Road. Jim located the bumper-damaged vehicle and pulled over Chavez, 44, who had red watery eyes and intoxicated speech, according to the police report. Jim noticed a “large bottle of vodka in the center console… which was open and partially consumed,” according to the police report. Chavez showed signs of intoxication on three field sobriety tests, and later blew a .22...

Weekly Police Activity Reports

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An accident occurred on Interstate 40 on Nov. 27, when one vehicle rear-ended and clipped a second vehicle, after the driver dropped an item and was distracted from the road. Both vehicles were traveling at about 60 MPH. The vehicle that was struck had its hazard lights on, as the driver was slowing down and attempting to exit the interstate. Neither driver was injured, but both cars sustained heavy damage.

A fire broke out on the Mariano Lake Loop on Nov. 26. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Nocona Clark reported to the scene early in the morning, at 4:01 am. One of the occupants of the building told Clark that he had tried to pull his mother out of the burning house but the...

Nazlini man sentenced for child abuse on Navajo Nation

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PHOENIX – On Nov. 27, Nathan Joe, 36, of Nazlini, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John J. Tuchi to 21 months in prison for physically abusing a child on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

In February 2014, Joe physically assaulted the minor victim, including slapping him with enough force to leave a handprint-sized bruise on the victim’s face. Both Joe and the victim were living on the Navajo Indian Reservation at the time the assault occurred. Joe is an enrolled member of that tribe.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Christine D. Keller, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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