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Tuba City man sentenced to prison for involuntary manslaughter

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PHOENIX – Brennan Lee Sumatzkuku, 23, of Tuba City, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 36 months in federal prison Dec. 5, followed by three years of supervised release. Sumatzkuku had previously pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter.

On Jan. 22, Sumatzkuku, an enrolled member of the Hopi Nation, was driving a vehicle with two passengers on the Navajo Nation reservation.  In dark and snowy conditions, Sumatzkuku, whose blood alcohol content was later determined to be .188, drove at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle, causing all three occupants to be ejected.

One victim, 29, an enrolled member of the Hopi Nation, was...


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Vanessa Arviso, 42

Nov. 17, 5:40 am

1st DWI, Aggravated

McKinley County Sheriff’s Dep. Johnson Lee was dispatched to Carbon Coal Road nearby the shooting range after receiving information about a drunk driver on the road nearby. Lee arrived on the scene early in the morning at roughly 5:40  am, when he saw a vehicle with the engine still running stuck on the side of the roadway. Lee then saw Arviso, 42, exit the vehicle. Arviso appeared to have red watery eyes, and allegedly to have urinated herself, according to the police report.

Lee conducted two field sobriety tests on Arviso, and she showed signs of intoxication on both. Lee then arrested Arviso for DWI. She...

Shiprock man sentenced to prison for voluntary manslaughter conviction

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ALBUQUERQUE – Larry June, 58, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was sentenced Nov. 21 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 97 months in prison for his conviction on a voluntary manslaughter charge.

June will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety arrested June in Nov. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with killing a Navajo woman by stabbing her with a knife on Nov. 25, 2016, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M.  June was subsequently indicted on Dec. 20, 2016, and was charged with second-degree murder.

On Aug. 21, June...

State Police announce checkpoints and saturation patrols statewide for December

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State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver’s license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of December.

Police are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints aim to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving.

Police believe hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.


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Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration/Insurance/DL...


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Tyrone Chavez

Nov. 11, 8:53 pm


McKinley County Sheriff’s Lt. Eric D. Jim got a call from Metro dispatch about a reckless vehicle driving the wrong direction down a highway. The vehicle pulled into and then drove out of the Fire Rock Casino parking lot before hitting another vehicle on Sundance Road. Jim located the bumper-damaged vehicle and pulled over Chavez, 44, who had red watery eyes and intoxicated speech, according to the police report. Jim noticed a “large bottle of vodka in the center console… which was open and partially consumed,” according to the police report. Chavez showed signs of intoxication on three field sobriety tests, and later blew a .22...

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