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Gallup man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

NAVAJO NATION (KRQE) – A 44-year-old Gallup man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for repeatedly stabbing a victim in the neck in 2018. According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice District of New Mexico and other court records, Darrell Desiderio and a co-defendant, Ervin Yazzie, conspired to kidnap a victim, identified as John Doe, and take the victim’s vehicle.
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Feds take over investigation after State Police seize 3,300 lbs of marijuana

It sounds like something out of a movie: crates stuffed with thousands of pounds of drugs, a clandestine meeting at an airport hangar and suitcases full of nearly $2 million. Those details and more were revealed in federal search warrant documents as authorities investigate two men caught with more than a ton of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms at the Gallup port of entry last month.
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13-Year-Old Navajo Nation Girl Mauled to Death by Pack of Dogs While on Walk, FBI Investigating

Authorities are investigating the death of a 13-year-old Navajo Nation girl who was mauled by a neighbor's dogs earlier this year. Lyssa Rose Upshaw died in May while on a walk near her home in Fort Defiance, on the Navajo Nation. She was found curled up in a ball with her clothes in shreds and her legs "all chewed up," her mother, Marissa Jones, told the Navajo Times.
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Gallup Police searching for 21-year-old woman

GALLUP — The Gallup Police Department is searching for a young woman from Window Rock, Ariz. Danica Kara Benally, 21 was last seen around 5 pm June 30, near the Heritage Plaza on the north side of Gallup. She is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing 157 pounds...
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Missing teen found safe, suspect arrested

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Missing teenager Roberta Ann Watchman was found safe in Wheatfields, Ariz. around 1:55 pm June 30. The Navajo Police Department which had been searching for the teen since she was reported missing by her grandmother 12 days before, also arrested the girl's father, Ozzy Watchman without incident.
Fort Defiance,

Teen's death highlights free-roaming dogs on tribal land

SUNDANCE, N.M. (AP) — The death of a teenage girl on the Navajo Nation has renewed discussion about free-roaming dogs on the reservation. Tribal lawmakers recently approved a resolution to establish criminal penalties for vicious dog attacks. But Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez vetoed the resolution, saying it didn't go far enough and more input is needed. The family of Lyssa Rose Upshaw believes that dogs killed the 13-year-old while she was on a walk near their home in Fort Defiance, Arizona. The family say Upshaw was sweet and quiet, and had been looking forward to her freshman year in high school.

Is there a cat killer in Gamerco?

A Gamerco woman came home from the store one afternoon to find that a flier had been posted outside her house saying she poisoned cats. The woman called Metro Dispatch saying that her neighbor was harassing her. On June 3, around 3:13 pm, McKinley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Todachine was...
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FBI looking for tips in Navajo Nation homicide

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Authorities are seeking information in the fatal shooting of a man near Gallup last month. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said on May 17 Deschene “D-Street” Darrell, 28, was found shot to death in his home on Superman Canyon Road in Church Rock. He said the FBI is...
Mckinley County,

Dropped cell phone precedes tragedy

A cell phone dropped into a leech vault at the Northern New Mexico Regional Solid Waste Authority where three men were replacing a pump off Highway 371, north of Thoreau a little before 11:26 am on May 25. It wasn’t an easy retrieval. The opening was similar in size to a manhole cover. The platform at the bottom was over 10 feet down with a ladder system attached to the inside wall.