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WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Kamra Frank

April 10, 4:30 am

3rd DWI, Aggravated

McKinley County Sheriff’s Dep. Paul Davis said he was dispatched to the intersection of state roads 400 and 118 in reference to a car parked in the middle of the road with the driver inside asleep.

When he got to the site, he found the driver, Frank, 32, of Iyanbito asleep at the wheel with the engine running. He said he reached inside and turned off the engine and had to make several attempts to wake up the driver.

When he finally got her awake, he said she appeared to be disoriented. He said he could also smell the alcohol in the vehicle. He asked her for her driver’s license and she shook her head.

When she got out of...

Weekly Police Activity Report

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Handcuffed to a fence

3/29, Continental Divide

When Glenn Slaughter discovered a Thoreau man trespassing in his Continental Divide store, he knew he had to detain him until a sheriff deputy arrived. So he handcuffed him to a fence post.

When McKinley County Sheriff’s Dep. Ivan Tsethlikai Jr. arrived at the Indian Village Gift Shop on State Highway 122 March 29, he found Duane Yazzie, 49, of Thoreau handcuffed to a fence near the store.

Glenn Slaughter, co-owner of the store, told the officer that when Yazzie entered his store, he recognized him from a previous incident where he was told not to come back to the store.

He said when he informed Yazzie he was trespassing, he...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Derrick Benally

March 31, 4:40 pm

DWI, Aggravated

McKinley County Sheriff’s Dep. Eric Jim said he was dispatched to State Highway 264 west of Yah-ta-hey in connection with a report of a Chevy truck that was said to be weaving on the highway.

Jim said he found the vehicle headed east on Highway 264 at about the 15 mile marker, followed it and observed it crossing over to the right shoulder and conducted a traffic stop.

When he approached the driver, Benally, he said he saw signs of him being intoxicated and asked where he was coming from. Benally said he was going home from work.

After admitting he had one drink before driving, Benally, 31, of Brimhall, agreed to...

Auto sales rep sentenced for fraud

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Former Hatch Motor salesman targeted Navajo elders

ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. — Francisco Lerma, a former salesperson with Winslow Ford, Tate’s Auto Center and Hatch Motor, was sentenced March 22 in the Navajo County Superior Court after pleading guilty to four counts of fraudulent scheme and artifices.

The charge is a class two felony. Lerma will serve six years to run concurrently in the Department of Corrections with 338 days credit and three years supervised probation. In his plea agreement, Lerma also agreed to pay restitution to victims, which will be determined by the parties involved.

During the sentencing hearing and on behalf of the Commission, Varvara Phillips, a human rights...

Officers catch convenience store robber

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A little bit of luck and some very good detective work led to the arrest of a Churchrock man March 26 for the armed robbery of the Dead Horse Mustang convenience store earlier that day.

Kyle Harrison, 34, is now facing nine charges — three counts of armed robbery, two counts of assault with intent to commit a violent robbery, three counts of larceny and one count of tampering with evidence.

Sgt. Robert Turney, an investigator with the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office, said he learned of the robbery around 2:30 am, shortly after it happened.

The phone call from Deputy Johnson Lee informed him that a man had entered the store with a knife, terrorized the two clerks and he then left...

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