Five injured in two-vehicle accident

WINDOW ROCK, September 20, 2012

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W INDOW ROCK - Navajo police reported that five people were injured, some seriously, in a two-vehicle accident that occurred on Sept. 16 near Whitecone, Ariz.

The injured were identified as Adam Gonnie, 20 of Whitecone and Felix Yazzie, 50; Lena Dashner, 50; Mary Ann Dashner, 48; and Luther Yazzie, 38, all of Jeddito, Ariz.

According to police, the accident occurred at milepost 28 on Navajo Route 6.

Gonnie, the driver of one vehicle, was heading out of the Navajo Housing Authority area and, according to the police report, did not stop for oncoming vehicles. The other vehicle, driven by Felix Yazzie, then collided with the Gonnie vehicle.

Three of the five received injuries so bad that they had to be airlifted by helicopter to the trauma center at the Flagstaff Medical Center.

Head-on collision near Crownpoint

Another vehicle crash with fatality occurred near Crownpoint on Sept. 12. The victims in this case were not identified, being listed only as John Doe.

Police said the accident was a head-on collision that occurred at milepost 26.5 on New Mexico 371.

When police arrived on the scene, they saw two pickups totally engulfed in flames.

"There were no survivors of the crash," the report said, adding that police are waiting for dental records to be examined before conforming the identity of either victim.

Robbery at Giant in Tuba City

An armed robbery of the Giant Gas Station in Tuba City occurred on Sept. 15.

Clerks at the store said a lone individual walked into the store at 12:10 a.m. wearing a ball cap with a black hooded sweater and black pants with a bandana covering his face.

The man pulled a handgun out and pointed it at one of the clerks and demanded the money from the cash register. The clerk complied and the man then ran out of the store with an unspecified amount of money and went in an unknown direction.

Four arrested for possession of marijuana

A routine traffic stop on Highway 160 near Tuba City in September resulted in the arrest of four Kayenta residents for possession of marijuana.

Arrested were Shanisa Begay, 18; Gary Lee Nez, 28; Leonardo Kinney, 23 and a 16-year-old girl whose name was not released because she was a juvenile.

Police said the driver of the vehicle, Begay, was stopped after an officer observed her driving left of the centerline. When she was stopped, the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana being emitted from the vehicle.

Police also said that alcoholic beverages were in view in plain sight in the vehicle.

After detaining the occupants, a search of the vehicle revealed two brick sized packages of marijuana under the front passenger side floorboard. The two packages weighed a total of four pounds.

All four occupants were arrested for possession of marijuana and transportation of liquor.

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