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An accident occurred on Interstate 40 on Nov. 27, when one vehicle rear-ended and clipped a second vehicle, after the driver dropped an item and was distracted from the road. Both vehicles were traveling at about 60 MPH. The vehicle that was struck had its hazard lights on, as the driver was slowing down and attempting to exit the interstate. Neither driver was injured, but both cars sustained heavy damage.

A fire broke out on the Mariano Lake Loop on Nov. 26. McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Nocona Clark reported to the scene early in the morning, at 4:01 am. One of the occupants of the building told Clark that he had tried to pull his mother out of the burning house but the...

Nazlini man sentenced for child abuse on Navajo Nation

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PHOENIX – On Nov. 27, Nathan Joe, 36, of Nazlini, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John J. Tuchi to 21 months in prison for physically abusing a child on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

In February 2014, Joe physically assaulted the minor victim, including slapping him with enough force to leave a handprint-sized bruise on the victim’s face. Both Joe and the victim were living on the Navajo Indian Reservation at the time the assault occurred. Joe is an enrolled member of that tribe.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Christine D. Keller, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

Navajo man from Crownpoint pleads guilty to federal assault charges

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Defendant prosecuted as part of federal initiative to address the epidemic incidence of violence against native women

ALBUQUERQUE – Shayliss Ellsworth, 24, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crownpoint, pleaded guilty on Nov. 27 in federal court in Albuquerque to assault charges. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Ellsworth faces a prison sentence within the range of 70 to 87 months followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Ellsworth was arrested on June 21 on a criminal complaint charging him with stabbing two Navajo women with a knife on June 17, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County. As the result of the assault...

Navajo woman pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter charge

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ALBUQUERQUE – Bryana Agnes Henio, 30, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Little Water, N.M., pled guilty on Nov. 20 in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an involuntary manslaughter charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Henio was arrested in October, on a criminal complaint charging her with involuntary manslaughter. According to the complaint, Henio killed a man by hitting him with a vehicle on Sept. 8, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County. At the time Henio ran over the victim, Henio was driving under the influence of alcohol.

During the Nov. 20 proceedings, Henio pled guilty to felony information charging her with...

Gallup Police Officer arrested for aggravated battery

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A Gallup Police Department officer was arrested for aggravated battery on Nov. 20 by the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, following a call that was made by a nurse at the Gallup Indian Medical Center.

Gallup Police Officer Ransom Lee William James of Vanderwagen, N.M. was arrested at his home in the Zuni Mountain Apartments in Fort Wingate as Deputy Sheriff Josie Bowman was following up with her investigation after interviewing the female victim at the hospital.

Booking records show that James was booked into McKinley County Adult Detention Center sometime after 7:30 pm. The report lists James as 27-years-old, with a physical description of 6’3” and 210 lbs.

The victim...

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