Vehicle fire fatality reported in Kaibeto

WINDOW ROCK, November 11, 2012

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W INDOW ROCK – Navajo police are investigating a vehicle fire fatality that occurred on Oct. 26 in the Kaibeto, Ariz. area.

Police were first alerted to the incident by a caller who said there was a structural fire south of Kaibeto. Later, Roger Mann of Kaibeto reported that his brother, Phillip Mann, 47, had been burnt beyond recognition.

Roger Mann said he had been with his brother earlier in the day shopping in Page but his brother had dropped him off and then headed to his residence located some 300 feet away.

Roger Mann said he woke up about 4 a.m. and looked outside to see his brother's vehicle totally engulfed in flames. At the time, he said, he thought that his brother wasn't in the car and he began a search of the area to see if he could be relocated.

But when the flames died down, he said, he could see the charred remains of a body in the vehicle.

According to the police report, it appeared that the vehicle that caught on fire collided with a small septic mound near the Mann residence. The mound was surround by tumbleweed.

Once the car collided with the mound, the driver apparently passed out with the engine running, which eventually caught the tumbleweed and then the car itself caught fire.


Vehicle fire in Tuba City

Navajo police are also investing another vehicle accident on Oct. 25 that claimed the life of a Bitter Springs, Ariz. man.

This was a two-car accident, according to police that occurred on U.S. Highway 89 near mile marker 534.

One of vehicles was a red SUV driven by Joshua John, 22, who, according to witnesses, went left of the center and collided with a truck, which was hauling cattle going southbound on the road.

The truck burst into flames and went of the side of the road while John's vehicle rolled over and also caught on fire.

The driver of the truck, Brian Ward, 52, of Providence, R.I. was transported to the Page hospital and later released. The four cattle in his truck all perished.

There were two passengers in the John vehicle.

Hillis Haskie Jr. 22, no address given, only received minor injuries. Jessie Willie, no age given, of Bitter Springs was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center.


Argument results in multiple stabbing

An argument between two brothers in the Inscription House area on Oct. 23 sent one to the hospital and the other fleeing from the scene.

Navajo police said they received a report about 1:48 a.m. that Larmie Hurley, 25, of Inscription House had stabbed his brother, Larrison Hurley, 24, also of Inscription House, multiple times with a two-inch long pocketknife after a verbal argument.

Police said they were not able to find Larmie Hurley.

When police arrived on the scene, they said they found Larrison Hurley to be "alert and walking around." He was airlifted to Flagstaff.


One vehicle rollover kills Kirtland man

A one-vehicle rollover on N367 near Upper Fruitland claimed the life of Kyle Mason, 31.

Police said Mason was heading east on the road when he lost control and went off the west shoulder. When he came back on the road, he still did not have control and the car went to the east side shoulder and rolled over.

There were two male subjects in the vehicle and both were transported to the San Juan regional Medical Center where Mason later was pronounced dead.



Strange man in middle of road accused of stabbing

Navajo police are investigating reports filed by two Dilkon men who said they came upon a strange man in the middle of the road near Indian Wells on Oct. 20.

The two, Alexander Begay Jr., 28, and Dan Begay, 23, said they came upon the man about 7 p.m. He was in the middle of the road and appeared to be holding a rifle.

The two got out and managed to wrestle the rifle away from him but he then attacked them with a knife.

Police said both of the Begays received knife wounds and had to be transported to the Little Colorado Medical Center for treatment.

As for the mysterious man, police reported a little later that a man matching that description, identified as Darrell Honeytewa, 55, of Indian Wells went to the Indian Health Service in Winslow for injuries to his face and was then flown to Flagstaff.

The case is under investigation.


Unidentified body listed in accident

Navajo police were trying to identify the victim of a car-pedestrian accident that occurred on Highway 64 on Oct. 26.

Police said that the driver of the vehicle was going westbound when she struck a man and called police.


Fire reported at Chinle house

Police and Navajo fire fighters were called to a scene for a fire about half a mile from Sunset Housing in Chinle on Sept. 28.

The residence was reported to belong to Guy Gorman.

On their arrival, police found the top portion of the house engulfed in flames. Fire investigators determined that the fire appeared to have started from inside the house, which was viewed as suspicious since it has only been used by the Gorman family for storage for the past 30 years.

A police investigation came up with three suspicious footprints near the building but they were unable to determine if they had anything to do with the fire.

The police report did not say how much damage was done to the building.


Chinle police conduct warrant roundup

Chinle police, aided by members of the Chinle Gang and Drug Task Force, conducted a warrant roundup in the early morning hours of Sept. 20 in the Whippoorwill and Pinon areas, arresting seven individuals.

They also attempted to serve a federal warrant on one man who reportedly fled to the nearby mesa before police arrived.

Four days later they had another warrant roundup in the Lukachukai, Chinle, and Tsaile areas, arresting six more individuals for warrants ranging from traffic citations to battery. They also arrested one man they found to be public intoxicated.


Pinedale man gets 14 years for ax murder

MacArthur Cooke, 37, of Pinedale, Ariz., has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for killing his girlfriend with an ax. Cooke pleaded guilty to killing Vivian Watson, 29, by hitting her in the head with an ax during an argument at her residence on January 13. He has been in custody since February.


Ex-deputy gets probation in beating

Dale Frazier, 57. a former San Juan County Sheriff deputy, was given probation after he admitted in federal court on Oct. 25 that he had beat a Navajo with a flashlight during an arrest.

The incident was uncovered by reported for the Farmington Daily Times who obtained a copy of the arrest that was captured on Frazier's vehicle camera.

It showed Frazier beating on Donovan Tanner with his flashlight after he detained him. Frazier will be on probation for three to five years. He could have received as much as 10 years in prison for violating Tanner's civil rights.

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