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DWI First Time Offenders

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NAME: Dave Begay

AGE: 18

BOOKED: 7/12/17

NOTES: Open Container; Poss. of Marijuana/paraphernalia

NAME: Elias D. Rangel, Jr.

AGE: 26

BOOKED: 6/17/17

NAME: Darrall J. Begay

AGE: 32

BOOKED: 6/9/17

NOTES: Imm. Notice of Accident; Agg. DWI

NAME: Erika Clara Taylor

AGE: 28

BOOKED: 6/8/17

NOTES: Agg...

Caught on camera: Men carry out brutal ambush

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Attack duo being held on no bond

Two men arrested for an attack on a man and woman remain in custody July 27, on aggravated battery and tampering with evidence charges.

The victims claim the duo attacked them wearing “brass knuckles.”

Marlin James and Darrick Desiderio, a registered sex offender, are being held at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on “no bond,” for an alleged brutal attack in broad daylight, near the railroad tracks adjacent to the business Supersmith’s, Inc., 716 W. Maloney Ave.

The incident, which occurred July 24, was caught on surveillance camera, according to Gallup Police Department Det. Neil Yazzie’s arrest warrant report. Police were...

Behind bars: Man arrested for allegedly raping teen

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An unsuspecting teen became the victim of an alleged rape when she made the fateful decision to hop into Michael Lasiloo’s car July 11.

As of July 27, Lasiloo remains behind bars at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. He’s being held on a $15,000 cash only bond.

According to Gallup Police Department Det. Khaera Chee’s arrest warrant report, the 17-year-old teen, noted as “C.L.” in the report as to protect her identity, was going to pick up some “paper” for her mother. Chee said the term “paper” means a “a small amount of heroin.”

Before Chee interviewed C.L., the teen gave GPD Officer Adrian Quetawki an overview of what happened without getting into the...

Alleged impaired driver strikes man on bike

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A man riding his bike near the Wendy’s at 2410 E. Highway 66 was struck by van and horrifically pinned under it until bystanders rescued him July 18.

And the driver, David T. Yazzie of Gallup, appeared intoxicated, possibly under the influence of controlled substances.

Gallup Police Department Officer Luke Martin responded to the scene, and found Johnny Lee sitting on the ground, east of the vehicle that hit him. He was suffering from shoulder pain and multiple abrasions. His bike sustained damaged, and Luke noted in his report that the handlebars were bent downward.

When Martin interviewed Yazzie, he said that he just got off work from KFC east, and was picking up his nephew from...

Former Oaks Springs Chapter employee pleads guilty to theft

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Used her position to steal nearly $40K

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Attorney General Ethel Branch announced July 24, that Deane Katherine Johnson, the former office maintenance specialist for the Oak Springs Chapter has pled guilty to a charge of Theft from a Tribal Organization, a federal felony offense.

In the plea agreement, Johnson admitted that in her position with the Oak Springs Chapter she knowingly and willfully took approximately $39,251.23 of funds belonging to the Chapter for her own use and the use of others.

“For too long, Chapter Officials and Employees have taken advantage of their positions to enrich themselves and their families at the expense of the Navajo Nation,”...

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