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“Chief” sentenced for selling membership in fake Native American tribe

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A former Brownsville man, now living in Waco, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions of selling membership in a non-recognized Native American tribe, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.

Humberto Reveles, 61, pleaded guilty in March 2015.

On Oct. 11, U.S. District Judge U.S...

Gallup man sentenced to 10 years for federal methamphetamine trafficking conviction

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Diaz prosecuted as part of “worst of the worst” anti-violence initiative

ALBUQUERQUE – Dexter Diaz, 32, of Gallup, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque on Oct. 11 to 120 months in prison for his conviction on a methamphetamine trafficking charge.

Diaz will be on supervised release for five years following his prison sentence.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy of the DEA’s El Paso Division, McKinley County Sheriff Ronald Silversmith, and Chief Timothy Trimble of the Zuni Pueblo Tribal Police Department.

Diaz, whose criminal history includes felony convictions for three drug trafficking crimes, is...

Couple charged with child neglect, open container violations

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On Sept. 28 a couple was arrested and booked at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on abandonment or abuse of a child; driving under the influence; consuming or possessing an open container of alcohol; mandatory license revocation; and child passenger restraint violation charges.

Stevenson Lee was jailed, and his girlfriend, Kaylene Johnson, 32, was released Sept. 30 on her own recognizance, records show. Both were jailed on $5,000-bond amounts after Lee’s erratic driving nearly caused accidents.

Reportedly, Lee was weaving on the highway with passengers in tow. He was released from jail Oct. 12, officials said.

What Happened?

Officer Douglas Hoffman of the Gallup Police...


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Staff Reports

Legal limit is .08

Jonathan Bitsilly

Oct. 2, 4 pm

Aggravated DWI

McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ivan Tsethlikai Jr. was dispatched to 131 Dee Ann Ave. in Gallup in reference to a traffic stop involving a possible drunk driver.

At the scene, Tsethlikai met with Deputy Merlin Benally, who had pulled the driver over. The car had run other vehicles off the roadway.

Bitsilly, 55, smelled of alcohol and slurred his speech. He failed field sobriety tests. There were empty alcohol containers in his car. He blew. 17 and .16 during breath testing and was charged with and booked for DWI.

Eloise Clement

Oct. 1, 7:21 pm


MCSO Deputy Anthony Ashley was...

State police investigate double-fatality crash in Cibola County

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GRANTS – At around 7 pm on Oct. 11, New Mexico State Police investigated a double-fatality crash on Interstate 40 at mile-marker 84 in Grants.

The initial investigation indicated an Infinity passenger car traveling eastbound on I-40 was driving erratically and lost control. The vehicle entered the median, rolled, and entered the westbound lanes, colliding into a Toyota vehicle traveling westbound.

The driver and passenger in the Toyota vehicle sustained fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced deceased on scene. Their identities are being withheld until the next of kin has been notified.

The driver of the Infinity passenger car, Aaron Hazard, 35, of Alta Loma, Calif....

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