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AG Balderas announces Tiguex Park double murderer to stay in prison

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ALBUQUERQUE - Attorney General Hector Balderas announced July 5 that the Supreme Court of New Mexico agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Carlos Carrillo’s convictions for the 2011 murders of Christopher Kinney and Lyndsey Frost.

The victims were found shot to death in...

Red Rock man pleads guilty to assaulting federal officer

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ALBUQUERQUE – Michael Nakai, 33, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Red Rock, Ariz., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to assaulting a federal officer.

Nakai was charged by criminal complaint in Oct. 2016, with assaulting a tribal police officer of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety who was commissioned as a Special Law Enforcement Officer by the BIA’s Office of Justice Services.  According to the complaint, Nakai assaulted the officer by kicking the officer in the face following a traffic stop.  Nakai subsequently was indicted on Nov. 15, 2016, and was charged with assaulting a federal officer on Oct. 9, 2016, in San Juan County...

DWI First Time Offenders

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NAME: Daylon Willie

AGE: 19

BOOKED: 6/26/17

NOTES: Agg. DWI

NAME: Marvin J. Lucero

AGE: 45

BOOKED: 6/24/17

NAME:  Conan L. Caesar

AGE: 37

BOOKED: 6/24/17

NOTES: Open Container

NAME: JC Gomer Gordon

AGE: 34

BOOKED: 3/5/17

NOTES: Agg. DWI

NAME: Roger Ponce

AGE: 21

BOOKED: 3/3/17

NOTES: Agg. DWI

NAME: Amber George

AGE: 27

BOOKED: 2/23/17

NOTES:
Agg. DWI

NAME:
Earl
Benny

AGE: 57

BOOKED: 2/25/17

NOTES:
Agg. DWI

NAME: Bernadine A. Hardy

AGE: 47

BOOKED:
5/4/17

NOTES: Imm. Notice of Accident

WANTED: Man who gave false name to investigator

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A June 3 traffic stop landed a Zuni man in some hot water for providing a Sheriff’s investigator the wrong name during a traffic stop.

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Merle Bates pulled Rodney Laiwakete over when he noticed that he turned down a dirt road leading from Rehoboth, to avoid a sobriety checkpoint set up by New Mexico State Police on State Highway 118.

Bates stated in the affidavit for an arrest warrant that Laiwakete actually went around a coned area set up by State Police.

“The driver then told (Bates) that he was trying to avoid the check point due to his passengers being intoxicated,” the warrant states.

Laiwakete claimed that he didn’t have his...

Arson suspect jailed

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A homeless man faces two counts of arson for allegedly setting fires around Gallup earlier this month.

Leo Ray Vermillion, 49, was arrested June 20 for setting a car and two abandoned buildings ablaze. He was charged with one count of improper handling of fire, and arson over $500, but not more than $2,500. Gallup Police Department Det. John Yearly led the investigation.

According to the arrest warrant, Yearly responded to the first fire at 502 S. Second St., near the old post office June 17, where fire and police officials initially suspected, based on evidence, that the fire was deliberately set.

Two days later, on June 20, Yearly responded to the scene of an abandoned white...

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