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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...

Sheriff’s Office seeking new recruits

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McKinley County Sheriff’s Office is running at about half its capacity due to a shortage of deputies.

MCSO Capt. James Maiorano said the department is gearing up to conduct a recruitment drive in September and sat down with the Gallup Sun to go over some details for individuals considering a career as a deputy.

“We’re trying to fill 12 deputy positions,” he said.

When folks interested in applying learn about the seemingly arduous process, they may count themselves out before trying, so Maiorano wanted to cover some details about the entry level “unclassified deputy position.”

For starters, prospects must have a high school diploma or GED, no exceptions. And applicants...

Aneth official pleads guilty to stealing $105K in HUD funding

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AG: Used for personal, family gain

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Attorney General Ethel Branch announced July 24 that Victor Dee, the former acting executive director of the Aneth Community Development Corporation, an agency that receives funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has pled guilty to charges brought by federal prosecutors relating to his misappropriation of $105,000 of HUD funds that he used to benefit himself and his family members.

“The Navajo Nation will continue to make it a priority to hold all tribal officials accountable for these types of abuses,” Branch said. “We will no longer allow individuals to enrich themselves and their families at the...

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,”...

Ajo man sentenced for two sexual offences

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TUCSON, Ariz. – On July 25, Patrick Paul Charley, 39, of Ajo, Ariz., and a member of the Navajo Nation, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps to concurrent terms of imprisonment for sexual offenses committed against two adult members of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Charley had previously pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse committed in 2014 and was sentenced to 43 months’ imprisonment. Charley was also sentenced to a term of 16 months’ imprisonment for his plea of guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact from a 2011 incident.

After completing his imprisonment, Charley will be placed on lifetime federal supervision and will have to register as a sex...

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