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Thoreau man charged with 2021 murder

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A man named Shannon Brown called the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office and said that two men were following and threatening him. Deputies met with Brown in Thoreau, but then several hours later found him unconscious near the intersection of Indio Road and State Highway 371. He was declared deceased at the scene.

One of...

Gallup man caught shoplifting in Albuquerque

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A Gallup man has been charged with shoplifting after he robbed an Albuquerque Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Albuquerque police officers were dispatched to the store at 3550 NM. Hwy. 528 around 2:15 pm Feb. 8.  Two men had reportedly robbed the store, and one of them was Fernando Julian Baeza, 39, from Gallup.

While one of the officers was driving to the scene he was informed over the radio that the men were last seen in a dirt lot behind the apartments located at 10131 Coors Blvd. NW.

Once the two men were detained, the Dicks Sporting Goods store manager arrived at the scene and confirmed that the two men were the ones who had stolen from his store.

The manager said the two men had come...

MCSO, Navajo Police arrest vehicular homicide suspect

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Anonymous tip leads officers

McKinley County Sheriff James Maiorano III and two Navajo Nation deputies from the Window Rock division recently acted on a bench warrant and were able to arrest Duane Yazzie after he failed to comply with his conditions of release.  Yazzie, 45, was originally arrested after he crashed into a motorcycle with his car on Sept. 19, 2020, killing one person and injuring another.

On that day, McKinley County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Sagebrush Liquor, 452 State Hwy. 264A in Yahtahey, around 6 pm after a car crash was reported.

When Deputy Dwayne Holder arrived at the scene, he reportedly found Yazzie lying on the median in the center of the road...

Teen murdered at Ford Canyon Park

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A 15-year-old boy was found dead after shots were fired at Ford Canyon Park.

Metro Dispatch received an emergency call about shots being fired at the park on Feb. 17, around 4:30 pm. Two people were allegedly seen running from the scene.

When officers arrived at the scene they found the 15-year-old injured with multiple gunshot wounds. The young man was transported to the local hospital where he later died.

GPD Detectives are seeking information and witnesses. They’re also asking for information from individuals or businesses that have Ring cameras or security cameras from the area.

No suspect(s) have been positively identified. Call Metro Dispatch at (505)722-2002 or the McKinley...

How to improve a child’s literacy

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Albuquerque reading teacher, tutor gives tips

According to the 2022 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book, 79% of New Mexico fourth graders scored below proficient in reading in the 2022 National Assessment of Education Progress.

New Mexico is currently ranked 50th in the nation in fourth grade reading proficiency. The N.M. KIDS COUNT Data Book states that children need to be able to read proficiently by fourth grade in order to be able to use their reading skills in other school subjects. The data book also notes that kids who aren’t reading at grade level by that critical point are more likely to drop out of school and less likely to go to college.

So how can parents help their...

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