Rollover claims 1 life

Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, June 7, 2012

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W INDOW ROCK - A vehicle rollover on May 21 near Lupton, Ariz., claimed the life of a Gallup woman.

The victim was identified by Navajo Nation police as Kimberly Jackson, 43.

The report said when police arrived at the scene near mile marker 353 about 11:30 a.m., they found the vehicle upside down in the median and the body of the victim laying on the highway.

An investigation revealed that she was a passenger in the vehicle and had been ejected, along with a nine-month old baby who was found in the nearby bushes by her uncle.

The victim was identified as the baby's grandmother. The baby was flown to Albuquerque for treatment while the other passengers were taken to the Gallup Indian Medical Center.


Page man nearly drowns

A Page, Ariz., man barely escaped death on May 31 when he almost drowned in the San Juan River.

Navajo police said that the victim, Drew Cody, 28, had been drinking beer at the marina in Mexican Hat with a family member when he decided to go swimming.

He had just gotten into the river, however, when he was swept up by the current and was drawn further and further from the shore. The current began carrying him downriver until he ended up in a whirlpool almost a mile from where he started.

Police said Cody was trapped in the whirlpool struggling to stay above water when a German tourist in a raft came by and picked him up and carried him to shore.

He was taken to the IHS clinic in Kayenta and released.


Stolen computer recovered

A computer was stolen from the Little Singer School in Birdsprings, Ariz., shortly after midnight on May 25 but it was recovered by police two days later when it was turned over to police by a relative of one of the alleged burglars.

A police investigation determined that Ernie Moore, no age given, of Birdsprings, called up Jonathan Long, 34, also of Birdsprings, late in the evening of May 24 and suggested they go to Winslow for some beer.

Along the way, they picked up Marcus Jackson, 18, of Gallup, and Adrian Riggs, 18, of Birdsprings.

As they were coming back, according to the police report, Moore suggested that they take the road behind the Little Singer School. Jackson and Riggs, according to police, decided to burglarize the school's special education classroom.

At 12:01 a.m., police said, the two broke a window in the classroom and stole an Apple computer and damaged a file cabinet in the classroom. The computer was taken the home of Harold Begay, Jackson's grandfather.

Later that evening, Riggs was involved in an alcohol-induced fight at Begay's house during which he reportedly punched fist-sized holes in the wall and smeared blood on the wall.

Riggs fled to his home with a bloody nose. While this was going on, back at the Begay home Begay and his family were assessing the damage to his home when they discovered the computer which had an identification on it saying it belonged to the Little Singer School.

Police were able, according to the report, to then match footprints found at the school with shoes worn by Riggs.

The matter ahs now been turned over to the prosecutor's office.


Police seek gas station robbers

Navajo police are looking for two men they say robbed the Super Gas Station in Tuba City at 1:17 a.m. on May 31.

Police said the two carried rifles during the holdup and made off with between $400 to $600 and some packs of Newport cigarettes.

No injuries to the staff were reported and police said the robbers were last seen driving away in a green Dodge Magnum sedan.


Drive-by shooting reported in Vanderwagon

A Vanderwagen, N.M., woman reported a drive-by shooting on May 21.

Jerilene Touchin, 28, said she was coming back from hauling water with her mother and two children when a grey extended cab pickup began passing her on the road near her house.

As it passed, she said she saw someone, whom she said she knew, hang out the window with a shotgun in his hand.

He began shooting and she was grazed in the head, Touchin told police. None of the others in her vehicle were hurt but Touchin's vehicle had pellet marks on the side. Police also found two shotgun shells at the scene. The case ahs been turned over to the criminal investigation unit.




Rock Springs man pleads guilty

ALBUQUERQUE - Karl Domingo, 37, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Rock Springs, N.M., pleaded guilty to information charging him with abusive sexual contact, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Domingo admitted that, in the summer of 2007, he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old female child by touching her genitalia.

At sentencing, Domingo faces a maximum penalty of four years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.


2 sentenced in death of Littlewater man

ALBUQUERQUE - Brian Thompson, 21, of Standing Rock, N.M., and Presley Shorty, 22, of Littlewater, N.M., were both sentenced June 5 based on convictions arising out of the death of 42-year-old Vinton Wally and the assault on his 24-year-old son, Nathaniel Wally, in Littlewater, on Sept. 4, 2010, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Thompson was sentenced to 15 years to be followed by three years of supervised release. Shorty was sentenced to five years to be followed by three years of supervised release. The two men also were ordered to pay $4,380 in restitution to cover funeral and medical costs of the victims.

According to court records, the criminal charges against Thompson, Shorty and two co-defendants, Kelvin Augustine, 21, and Byron Pahe, 22, both of Crownpoint, arose out of a gang-related confrontation that occurred in the early morning hours of Sept. 4, 2010, in a Native Housing Authority complex in Littlewater.

The four defendants, alleged members of a local gang called the "Dark Side Boys," went to the housing complex in a sedan driven by Augustine with the intention of provoking a confrontation with members of the Wally family. At the complex, Shorty and Pahe got out of the sedan and provoked Vinton and Nathaniel Wally into a physical altercation.

During the altercation, Shorty instructed Thompson, who remained in the sedan, to shoot Vinton Wally. Thompson fired three shots, one of which struck Vinton Wally.

Thompson drove the sedan for a short distance while Shorty and Pahe ran behind it. Thompson then fired another two shots, including one that struck Nathaniel Wally.

Vinton and Nathaniel Wally were taken to the Crownpoint Indian Health Service facility where Vinton Wally was pronounced dead on arrival, and Nathaniel Wally was treated for a gunshot wound to the back.

On May 12, 2011, Augustine and Pahe pleaded guilty to information charging them with simple assault. Pahe was sentenced to a year of probation, and Augustine was sentenced to six months of probation.


Zuni resident sentenced

ALBUQUERQUE - Nita Nastacio, 25, a member and resident of Zuni Pueblo, N.M., was sentenced June 5 to a three-month term of imprisonment to be followed by one year of supervised release for her aggravated assault conviction, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Nastacio admitted that, on Aug. 13, 2011, she stabbed a Zuni Pueblo man at a location within Zuni Pueblo.

Nastacio was ordered to pay $8,247 in restitution to the Indian Health Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to cover the victim's medical costs.

Nastacio is required to surrender to the U.S. Marshal's Service within 48 hours to begin serving her prison sentence.


Former assistant pleads guilty to embezzlement

ALBUQUERQUE - Shavna April Bebo, 36, of Crownpoint, pleaded guilty June 5 to an indictment charging her with embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization under a plea agreement, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Bebo pled guilty to embezzling almost $39,000 in funds belonging to the Littlewater Chapter House. At the time of the offenses alleged in the indictment, Bebo was employed as an administrative assistant in the chapter house.

Shortly after Bebo's employment was terminated, Littlewater Chapter officials filed a complaint with the police alleging that Bebo fraudulently had made out checks to herself on the chapter's business account using the officials' signatures, and had cashed the forged checks for her personal gain.

At sentencing, Bebo faces a maximum penalty of five years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, five years of supervised release, and restitution as ordered by the court.


Tuba City man sentenced to 20 years

PHOENIX - Royce Paul Paddock, 37, of Tuba City, was sentenced June 1 to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

In December 2009, Paddock, the guardian of the five-year-old victim, took the victim to the hospital with a broken leg.

A medical examination of the victim revealed that over the previous year, the victim had been subjected to ongoing physical abuse, including multiple untreated fractures and beatings that resulted in permanent scarring.

Paddock admitted that he caused the injuries and failed to obtain medical care for the victim.

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