Chinle school security guard rescued from water

WINDOW ROCK, February 7, 2013

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N avajo police stepped in on January 30 and rescued a Chinle school security officer whose vehicle was sinking in the water.

Police said that they observed a school security vehicle traveling on U.S. Highway 191 at a high rate of speed with his lights on. Since the police officer didn't know what the emergency was, he pulled the vehicle over and asked what was going on.

The driver, Llewellyn Paul, told police that he was speeding to help another security officer, Tyrone Towne, who said his vehicle was sinking in a wash and he needed help east of mile marker 453.5.

When police arrived at the scene, they observed Towne on top of his vehicle with water rushing over the vehicle.

Towne was rescued and police and security later were able to reel the vehicle out of the water as well.

Pedestrian/auto crash claims one victim

A Window Rock man died when he was struck by a vehicle on State Highway 264 on January 25 near Yah-Ta-Hey, N.M.

The victim was identified as Gordon Roberston, 45.

The driver of the vehicle, Rachel Charles, 38, of Fort Defiance said she was traveling with her three children east on Highway 264 when she saw a man dressed all in black walk onto the highway in front of her.

She said he tried to avoid him but was unable to. Roberston was declared dead at the scene.

Another auto/pedestrian crash occurs on Feb. 3

A Smith Lake man was killed in an auto/pedestrian accident that occurred on Feb. 3 on Route 11 near Mariano Lake.

The victim was identified as Demetrio Begay, 31.

Police said that the driver of the vehicle - Willie Nez, 70, of Thoreau - was traveling eastbound on Route 11 about mile marker 10 when he saw a man wearing dark clothing walking into his lane.

He said he tried unsuccessfully to avoid hitting him.

Seconds after Nez struck him, another car, driven by Cody Charley, 20, of Marino Lake, also struck him. Witnesses said they could then see the victim crawling to the shoulder of the eastbound lane.

He was then transported to the Gallup Indian Medical Center. The police report said the victim had a noticeable odor of liquor on the person and witnesses said they saw him staggering on the road before he accident.

Two Kayenta men stabbed

Navajo police are investigating a report of two Kayenta men - David Fatt, 42, and Edward Fatt, 43, who were stabbed on Feb.1.

The stabbing took place near mile marker 374 on U.S. Highway 160.

The police report said that Jerrick Blake, 28, of Inscription House is a person of interest in the case.

Shiprock man pleads guilty to abuse charge

Jack Belin, Jr., 59, of Shiprock pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal district court in Albuquerque to an abusive sexual contact charge in connection to an incident that occurred in the Shiprock area on July 18, 2012.

In pleading guilty, Belin admitted that he touched the victim's private parts inappropriately. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison term.

Church Rock man pleads guilty to murder charge

Danny Don Brown, 25, of Church Rock, pleaded guilty Friday to second degree murder in connection to the death on December 3, 2100 of Robert L. Smith.

According to the indictment, Brown and Melvyn Lee Morgan, 29, along with the victim were drinking that night and began fighting, during which Brown and Morgan admitted to beating the victim numerous times, causing his death.

Brown faces a possible sentence of 12 to 15 years in prison. Morgan has pled not guilty and is waiting to be tried.

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