Window Rock man facing multiple charges

Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, April 29, 2010

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WINDOW ROCK - It was a car theft, burglary and then arson, all done by one person, according to the Navajo Nation Police.

It began the evening of April 19 when Harley David Hosteen allegedly broke into a garage at the Window Rock airport and stole a tribal vehicle.

According to police, he drove the stolen tribey to the Sheep Springs Trading Post where he committed a burglary as well as criminal damage.

After that, he drove the vehicle back to Window Rock and abandoned it just south of the airport. But before he left the vehicle, he set it on fire, police said. The report of a fire was the first time that police realized that there was a problem.

When police arrived at the burning car, they noticed footprints in the dirt and followed the footprints to Hosteen's residence, where he was arrested and charged with criminal damage, unauthorized use of a vehicle and arson. Other charges are pending.


Man stabbed south of NAPI

Navajo police and deputies for the San Juan County Sheriff's Department are investigating a stabbing that occurred April 23 at a housing area south of Farmington.

By the time Navajo police arrived on the scene at the Sky View Mesa housing area about 12:35 a.m., the victim, identified as Jamie Begay, 28, of Shiprock, had been transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center with four stab wounds to the back.

By then the suspect , whose name was not released, had left the scene but police reports said he was picked up by sheriff deputies after he rolled his car several times and was ejected from the vehicle.

He was also taken to the San Juan Regional Medical Center.

Alcohol involved in Dilkon stabbing

A stabbing was reported April 25 in the Dilkon, Ariz., area.

Police became aware that something was wrong when they received a phone call from Stanley Chester saying that his 27-year-old son, Aaron Chester, might have been stabbed.

When police arrived on the scene, they found that it was a female, identified as Sonja John, 21, of Dilkon, who had been stabbed.

Police found John with stab wounds and punctures on her back but have been unable to figure out who caused the wounds because John said she had been drinking and could not recall how it happened.

Police arrested Aaron Chester and Trudy Yazzie for endangerment of a minor and disorderly conduct after three minor children were found in the house. The children were later turned over to the maternal grandmother.

Fire damages LeChee house

A home in LeChee, Ariz., received extensive damage in a fire that occurred just before midnight on April 17.

The house was occupied by the Piceno family and no injuries were reported,
Police said the apparent cause of the fire was a candle in the bedroom that was left unattended. About 40 percent of the north side of the house was destroyed by the fire. The rest of the house, including all of the family's belongings, was damaged severely by smoke.

LeChee elder dies in crash

There were no details but police report that a LeChee, Ariz., man died in a crash April 19.

The victim was identified as Harry Lewis Jr., 73.

The only information provided on the accident was that it occurred 3.5 miles northwest of Route 317.

Whiteriver man sentenced

PHOENIX  - Leo Nachu Jr., 31, of Whiteriver, Ariz., was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty on Feb. 4 for possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

This offense occurred on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Whiteriver.

On Nov. 11, 2008, Nachu, a known gang member in Whiteriver, was engaged in a foot pursuit with law enforcement. He was carrying a backpack as he ran from police. Nachu threw the backpack and continued to run.

A later search of that backpack revealed numerous plastic bags with drugs individually packaged for sale, a firearm with additional rounds of ammunition and a large amount of cash. His fingerprints were later found on some of those bags of drugs as well as the firearm.

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