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Church Rock man sentenced to prison for child sex abuse conviction

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ALBUQUERQUE – Adrian Tom, 38, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Church Rock, N.M., was sentenced Sept. 5, in federal court in Albuquerque to 37 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on an abusive sexual contact charge.

Tom will also be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence.

On March 29, Tom pled guilty to a felony information charging him with abusive sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County. In entering his guilty plea, Tom admitted that in March 2010, he engaged in sexual contact with an 8-year-old Indian child...


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Leonard Jim, Jr.

09.02.17, 0:52 am

Agg DWI, 1st Offense

Approaching Munoz Blvd on Aztec Avenue, eastbound, McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Monty Yazzie saw a white car traveling southbound on the overpass at a high rate of speed. Unable to get a fix with his radar, Yazzie proceeded after the suspect, noticing the vehicle’s tires were going onto the inner yellow line and he could not see a license plate. The emergency lights were then activated and the vehicle turned onto Park Avenue where it came to a stop about a hundred yards east of State Highway 602.

Yazzie made contact with the driver, Jim, who did the best he could on the field sobriety test, just...

Unattended death in Mossman neighborhood

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A pedestrian walking in the area of Julie Drive and McKee, in the Mossman area, found an unresponsive male Aug. 29. When paramedics arrived, they confirmed that he was deceased. Gallup Police Department officers responded to the scene at about 8:13 am.

GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said foul play isn’t believed to be a factor in this case. As of press time, police haven’t released the victim’s name, pending notification of next of kin. According to GPD Officer John Gonzales’s report, a witness walking in the area said he was told by one of two men walking together about the down and out man, and that his name is “Kevin.”

The witness then walked over to the field, north of...

Sudden death on a busy highway

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It happened almost in the blink of an eye, at 5:33 am Tuesday morning; an alert interstate trucker noticed a pedestrian on I-40 westbound near mile marker 20. With no warning the male walker moved into the right hand lane of traffic and continued into the left hand lane. The impact, with the semi-tractor and trailer moving at 65 mph was little more than a cloud of dust, as described by an eyewitness following behind the large truck.

“I saw his brake lights come on as the truck moved to the left lane,” said the witness from Florida, according to Gallup Police Officer Adrian Quetawki’s report. “… Then the brake lights came on again as the driver made this evasive maneuver. A...

Man sets self on fire at Ford Canyon Park

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A man, whose name hasn’t been released pending notification of next of kin, died en route to a local hospital from severe burns.

Gallup Police Department officers arrived on scene around midnight after receiving a call about a tree possibly being on fire. But, when officers arrived, they found a man suffering from severe injuries and a can of accelerant, likely gas, in the area.

“… It’s pretty disturbing,” GPD Capt. Marinda Spencer said.

There doesn’t appear to be any foul play involved in the incident, based on a preliminary investigation of the scene.


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