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FORMER ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ANETH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORP PLEADS GUILTY TO MISAPPROPRIATING OVER $100K OF HUD FUNDING

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WINDOW ROCK – Attorney General Ethel Branch announced today that Victor Dee, the former acting executive director of the Aneth Community Development Corporation, an agency that receives funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has pled guilty to charges brought by federal prosecutors relating to his...

FORMER OAK SPRINGS CHAPTER EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO THEFT OF $39,251 OF CHAPTER FUNDS

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WINDOW ROCK – Attorney General Ethel Branch announced today that Deane Katherine Johnson, the former Office Maintenance Specialist for the Oak Springs Chapter has pled guilty to a charge of Theft from a Tribal Organization, a federal felony offense. In the plea agreement, Ms. Johnson admitted that in her position with the Oak Springs Chapter she knowingly and willfully took approximately $39,251.23 of funds belonging to the Chapter for her own use and the use of others.

“For too long, Chapter Officials and Employees have taken advantage of their positions to enrich themselves and their families at the expense of the Navajo Nation,” said Attorney General Ethel Branch. “Navajo DOJ...

Behind bars: Man arrested for allegedly raping teen

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By Babette Herrmann

Sun Editor

An unsuspecting teen became the victim of an alleged rape when she made the fateful decision to hop into Michael Lasiloo’s car July 11.

Lasiloo is currently behind bars at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. He’s being held on a $15,000 cash only bond.

According to Gallup Police Department Det. Khaera Chee’s arrest warrant report, the 17-year-old teen, noted as “C.L.” in the report as to protect her identity, was going to pick up some “paper” for her mother. Chee said the term “paper” means a “a small amount of heroin.”

Before Chee interviewed C.L., the teen gave GPD Officer Adrian Quetawki an overview of what happened...

‘Enchantment Skateboarding’ turns parking lot into a skaters paradise

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Waiting patiently for the grand opening of skate park

Skateboarding is just one part of growing up as a kid, learning new tricks, showing them off, and hoping to go pro only adds to the excitement.

However, another part of skateboarding is where to skate without getting chased off. Let’s face it, not everyone feels the same about skateboarding, and I remember being told “don’t skate here or there.” So, where is one to go?

About a year ago, the Sun interviewed Jeremy and Cecely Todacheenie, local husband and wife, and both avid skateboarders. Skateboarding since they were kids, they created their own skateboarding company called Enchantment Skateboarding.

Both have...

Alleged serial arsonist behind bars

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A Gallup man booked June 29 for improper handling of fire and arson remains in custody as of July 20.

Jerry Brown, 18, came under the suspicion of Gallup police as they investigated an enclosed trailer fire June 17, at 314 Zecca St., which GPD Det. John Yearly noted in his report “that the fire was human caused and non-accidental with a probability that a hydrocarbon was used to accelerate paper fuels in the area of the point of origin.”

Police arrived at the scene at 6 am – light enough for police to conduct a thorough investigation. A large amount of paper was found in the left, front internal compartment of the trailer. The fire caused heavy damage to the trailer, burning...
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