Police seek info on missing man

WINDOW ROCK, March 13, 2014

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Leslie Morgan, as he appears in flyers seeking his return.




Leslie Morgan was last seen in the Thoreau area on March 5, 2014, about 4 p.m., in a 2012 silver Ford Focus with the New Mexico license plate 407SDB.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police.

Pine Hill man faces 3 years for abuse of child

GALLUP -- Harold Martinez, 32, who resides in Pine Hill, N.M., pleaded guilty March 11 in federal district court in Albuquerque to a felony information charging him with abuse of a child not resulting in death or serious bodily injury.

Martinez was arrested on Nov. 26, 2013, on a criminal complaint alleging assault charges. According to the criminal complaint, on June 11, 2013, Martinez initiated a physical confrontation with another Navajo man during which Martinez stabbed the victim. After the victim got into his vehicle in an effort to get away from Martinez, Martinez rammed his own vehicle into the victim's vehicle several times. Two young boys were in Martinez's vehicle when he rammed it into the victim's vehicle.

During the hearing, Martinez admitted that on June 11, 2013, he deliberately drove his vehicle into another vehicle without justification. Martinez also admitted that two unrestrained children were in the vehicle he was driving and that by ramming into another vehicle he placed the children in a situation that endangered their lives or health. The children however were not injured.

Martinez has been in federal custody since his arrest and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled. At sentencing, Martinez faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison.


Semi hits, kills pedestrian

GALLUP - On March 7, at approximately 5:37 p.m., Gallup State Police responded to a pedestrian fatality located in the Love's parking lot, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

The semi-trailer truck was fueling up and once completed, the driver of the semi pulled forward and struck a pedestrian that was walking in front of the semi. According to the statement given by the semi driver, he did not see the pedestrian walking in front of the semi due to the height of the front end.

The pedestrian was identified as Norman Tuley, 54, of Gallup. It appears as if Tuley was possibly intoxicated at the time. However, his level of intoxication will not be confirmed until toxicology results from the Office of the Medical Investigator are received.

This case will be forwarded to the district attorney's office for review and final disposition.

Man sentenced for sawed-off shotgun

ALBUQUERQUE - Joe Herrera Jr., 44, who resides in Thoreau was sentenced Tuesday in federal district court in Albuquerque to 24 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for unlawfully possessing a sawed-off shotgun that was not registered to him, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Herrera was indicted in February 2013 on the charge to which he pleaded guilty. According to the indictment, Herrera unlawfully possessed the unregistered sawed off shotgun on Aug. 16, 2011, in McKinley County. Herrera admitted committing the offense when he entered his guilty plea on July 11, 2013.

Man gets 7 years for brandishing firearm, burglary

WINDOW ROCK -- Donovan F. Muskett, 22,who resides in Navajo, N.M., was sentenced Tuesday in federal district court in Albuquerque to seven years in federal prison for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

Muskett will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence. He also was ordered to pay $668.40 to the victim of his crime.

Muskett was arrested on March 1, 2013, based on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon, using a firearm during a crime of violence and aggravated burglary. He subsequently was indicted and charged with committing the following offenses in Navajo, N.M., on Feb. 10, 2013: (1) assault with a dangerous weapon; (2) aggravated burglary; (3) brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence; and (4) negligent child abuse.

According to court records, on Feb. 10, 2013, Muskett forced his way at gunpoint into a Navajo residence occupied by a woman and a young child. Muskett pointed his firearm at the adult victim, demanded money from her, and threatened to shoot her. While Muskett was rummaging in the kitchen, the victim managed to push Muskett out of the residence and lock him out. After ensuring the child victim's safety, the adult victim called the police and reported the break-in and assault. Officers were able to locate Muskett by following footsteps in the snow. Muskett was arrested on tribal charges and remained in tribal custody until his arrest on federal charges.

On Nov. 6, 2013, Muskett pled guilty to brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. In entering his guilty plea, Muskett admitted brandishing a .22 caliber revolver at the adult victim with the intention of committing the felony offenses of assault with a dangerous weapon and aggravated battery.

Sanostee man sentenced for burglary, assault

WINDOW ROCK - Donovan Isiah Sisco, 19, who resides in Sanostee, N.M., was sentenced Tuesday in federal district court in Albuquerque to 18 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for his aggravated burglary conviction. Sisco also was ordered to pay $9,214.31 in restitution to the victim of his crime.

Sisco was arrested on March 1, 2013, on a criminal complaint charging him with unlawfully entering into a dwelling for the purpose of committing a felony. He subsequently was indicted and charged with aggravated burglary and assault with intent to commit aggravated burglary in a residence located on the Navajo Indian Reservation on Feb. 8, 2013.

On Sept. 18, 2013, Sisco entered his guilty plea to assault with the intention to commit an aggravated burglary. In his plea agreement, Sisco admitted entering the victim's home without consent and assaulting the victim by grabbing her by the hair and throwing her to the ground causing her to sustain injuries. Sisco also admitted breaking the windows at the victim's residence as well as the windows of her vehicle.

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