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Shiprock man sentenced to prison for federal voluntary manslaughter conviction

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ALBUQUERQUE – Charley Joe, Jr., 68, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was sentenced Oct. 3, in federal court in Albuquerque, to 78 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his voluntary manslaughter conviction.

Joe was arrested in September 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with murder for killing a Navajo man on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San Juan County, N.M., on Sept. 15, 2016.  According to the complaint, Joe killed the victim by repeatedly striking him with an ax.

Joe was indicted on Oct. 12, 2016, and was charged with voluntary manslaughter on Sept. 15, 2016, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in San...

Fort Defiance family sentenced to prison for health care fraud

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PHOENIX – Last week, U.S. District Judge Steven Logan sentenced Vestah Tikium to 33 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.  Tikium’s son, Terdell Dawes, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, while her other son, Terrell Dawes, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.  Tikium and her sons also were ordered to pay more than $3 million in restitution.  All three had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  All defendants are members of the Navajo Nation.

Tikium and her sons falsely billed Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System

for tens of thousands of medical transports that never occurred...

In custody: Crownpoint man arrested for stabbing murder

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Gallup Police Department Detectives arrested Montoya Johnson of Crownpoint on a warrant for first degree murder and tampering with evidence Sept. 27.

According to the arrest warrant, Johnson, 42, allegedly stabbed Raymond Peshlakai on the 600 block of south Second Street Sept. 23 – south of the old post office and north of DE Armand Mechanical Shop.

Johnson is being held at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on a $20,000 cash-only bond.

The assault-turned-homicide scene unfolded as Gallup Community Service Aide Jarad Albert arrived at the scene, shortly before 11 pm, and found Peshlakai unconscious and bleeding from a stab wound to the chest.

The single wound proved...

Weekly Police Activity Report

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GPD Warrants

Donavan Barney (District Court), Roshern Cadman (Out of County), Brandon R. Chee (Magistrate Court-Battery on a Household Member, and District Court-Failure to Pay Child Support), Christina James (District Court), Nathan King (Municipal Court-2 Warrants), Sky R. Lee (Out of County), Jonthan Mann (Failure to Appear), Bobby A. Manuelito (Magistrate Court-2), Melanie M. Nashboo (Magistrate Court), Christopher Sam (Parole/Probation), Ryan W. Thompson (Out of County), and Felix H. Torrez, Jr. (Magistrate Court).

MCSO Warrants

Sheldon Morris, Jamie Platero, William Watchman, and Danathan Willie.

Police Activity

An alert McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Paul Davis...


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Staff Reports

Michael Wilson

09.24.17, 10.34

Agg. DWI, 1st Offense

Dispatched to the Thoreau area at the I-40 exit 53 ramp, to watch for a possible drunk driver, Metro Dispatch advised McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Paul Davis Jr. that the suspect was now at milepost 55. Davis then proceeded eastbound to that location and made contact with the vehicle at milepost 57. The vehicle was swerving from side-to-side, crossing the white-painted dotted lines and the white solid shoulder lines on the roadway.

The vehicle did not stop immediately, traveling another quarter mile before coming to a complete stop. Wilson, 51, agreed to a field sobriety test but he...

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