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Volkswagen to pay total of $4.3 billion to resolve criminal, civil actions

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WASHINGTON – Volkswagen has agreed to plead guilty to three criminal felony counts and to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty as a result of the company’s long-running scheme to sell thousands of diesel vehicles in the U.S. by using a defeat device to cheat on mandated emissions tests.

In addition, the company has...

FBI: Search ends for missing women, children in Santa Ana Pueblo

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The five bodies found on Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico this past week have been identified by relatives as Leticia George (adult), Vanessa George (adult), Zoe Becenti (child), Chloe Becenti (child), and Haleigh Toledo (child).

It appears the bodies recovered are of the missing women and children who were the subject of a recent Albuquerque Police Department missing persons bulletin issued Jan. 5.

The Office of the Medical Investigator will make a definitive determination on the identities of all the recovered bodies.

The FBI, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico State Police, Santa Ana Police and Conservation Departments, Jemez Pueblo Police...

Body of dead female found near TA truck stop

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By Bernie Dotson

Sun Correspondent

The body of an unidentified white female was found on the west side of Gallup Jan. 11, near an open field and between the TA truck stop and County Road 1, officials said.
Capt. Miranda Spencer, public information officer with the Gallup Police Department, said a passerby discovered the body at around 7:30 am and called authorities.
“The person was deceased upon arrival,” Spencer said. “The investigation is ongoing.”Spencer said foul play was suspected in the situation, but declined to elaborate saying the case is still open.

Spencer did not give the age range of the deceased or say what type of condition the body was in. The location where...

GPD: Arson at root of hotel fire

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By Bernie Dotson
Sun Correspondent

An early morning fire at a west side motel destroyed one room and damaged at least one more, officials said.

Capt. Marinda Spencer, public information officer at the Gallup Police Department, said police and fire units were dispatched to the Budget Inn at about 5:20 am on Jan. 10. Upon arrival, a first floor room was in flames, she said.

Both the fire and police departments are investigating the incident, Spencer said. The cause of the fire is preliminarily believed to be arson, she added.

Man arrested for shooting at a home

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A vendetta over some stolen weed and property reportedly led to a Sunday evening shooting at 702 Julie Ct., in the Mossman neighborhood.

Whatever ax Julian Richard Giron had to grind with the man that supposedly made off with his pot and things, was unleashed on someone else's home.

Giron, 18, fired twice at the home of Frank Diaz with a 12-gauge shotgun sometime after 9 pm that evening.

He was taken into custody Monday evening and booked for shooting at an inhabited building, shooting from a motor vehicle, criminal damage to property and three counts of aggravated assault.

And this wasn't Giron's first time at the residence.

Diaz told Gallup Police Department officers that Giron...

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