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FBI offers reward in Laguna Pueblo homicide

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The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the stabbing death of a Laguna Pueblo man.

On Aug. 12, 2021, Victor G. Jones, 42, was found deceased in the driveway of a residence in New Laguna, N.M.

Jones was stabbed in the...

Pinon man sentenced to 202 months for second degree murder

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PHOENIX – After pleading guilty, a man was sentenced to 202 months in prison for second degree murder.

On Nov. 14, Kelly Joyce, 38, of Pinon, Ariz., was sentenced by United States District Judge Dominic W. Lanza to 202 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Joyce previously pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

On March 2, 2020, Joyce, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, reportedly shot and killed a victim. The crime occurred in Pinon.

The FBI and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jillian Besancon, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

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Dilkon woman sentenced to 51 months for child abuse

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PHOENIX – A woman was recently sentenced to 51 months in prison after she allegedly threw a child from a moving vehicle.

Melody Gwen Nez, 32, of Dilkon, Ariz., was sentenced on Nov. 21 by United States District Judge Dominic W. Lanza to 51 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Nez previously pleaded guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

For at least several weeks in the summer of 2021, Nez allegedly abused a five-year-old child in her care. The abuse culminated in an Aug. 19, 2021, incident in which Nez reportedly threw the child from a moving vehicle, seriously injuring the child. The abuse occurred on the Navajo Nation, where Nez is an...

Man killed in shooting at Pep Boys

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One unidentified man was killed during a shooting at the local Pep Boys.

On Dec. 6, around 11:30 am, Gallup Police Officers were dispatched to Pep Boys, 702 U.S. Highway 491, in reference to shots fired.

Patrol officers arrived on scene and found a man who had died from multiple gun shots wounds. The identity of the victim is unknown at this time.

A video from Pep Boys allegedly showed a vehicle that came to the area with multiple individuals that entered the ditch area east of the Flame of Fire church before shots were heard.

The vehicle is possibly a Honda Ridgeline, and it possibly has star pattern rims and may be green or grayish in color, according to a post on the GPD's...

Missing, endangered person advisory

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The Gallup Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating Raymond A. McClanahan.

McClanahan is a Caucasian man. He is 27 years old, is about five feet and 11 inches tall, and weighs about 145 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair.

McClanahan was last seen around 8:40 pm near 827 N. Ninth St. McClanahan is believed to be driving a white 1999 Jeep Cherokee displaying a New Mexico license plate of 144TMB. McClanahan was last seen wearing a black jacket with green stripes, light blue pants, white shoes, and wearing a gray hat. His whereabouts and destination are not known.

McClanahan is considered missing and believed to be in danger if he's not located.


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