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Man runs over deputy's hand

A San Juan county deputy tries to stop a fleeing suspect, but hits a bump in the process... literally.

Deputy Justin Rieker's hand looks okay now, but it didn't feel that way Friday night.

"I remember feeling intense pain in my hand, but that's what I focused on," said Rieker.

About 10:30 Friday night, deputies were patrolling the sunray park and casino.

Now Rieker and the deputies patrol this parking lot often, and it quickly turned from routine, to something more exciting.

The San Juan county sheriff's department gave us their video of Rieker approaching two people in this vehicle.

"He took a big, deep breath and looked straight forward and I've seen that look before and it usually doesn't go well when they do that," said Rieker

When Rieker asked the driver to step out of the vehicle, the driver took off instead.

Ex-officer of NM project pleads guilty in tax case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The former director of an economic development project for the Navajo Nation has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion.
    
New Mexico prosecutors say 62-year-old Hak Ghun entered into a plea agreement Thursday with the U.S. Attorney's Office.
    
They say Ghun will be given a prison sentence of 12 to 18 months and must pay nearly $250,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.
    
Ghun, of Durago, Colo., was accused last April of evading nearly $368,000 in federal taxes in 2005 to 2007.
    
He was the chief executive officer of BCDS Manufacturing Inc. in Shiprock, N.M.
    
The tribe invested economic development funds in BCDS and became the majority owner of the company by 2004.
    

NM man gets prison for assault on Navajo Nation

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Shiprock man has been sentenced to three years in prison and three years of supervised release for an assault conviction.
 
New Mexico prosecutors say 45-year-old Torvold Kellywood was sentenced Thursday. He has been in federal custody since his arrest on a criminal complaint last May.
 
He was indicted last June and charged with six offenses from two separate incidents in which he allegedly kicked a woman on the Navajo Nation in December 2011.
 
Authorities say the victim sustained a four-inch laceration above her eye that required medical attention.
 
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Farmington officer fatally shoots man at home

Evidence reveals details in officer-involved shooting

A key piece of evidence is helping explain the moments before a Farmington police officer shot and killed a man on New Year's Day.

A family member told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that Mark Chavez was a father and a good, hard-working electrician.

Farmington police said the incident began with a strange phone call that came from Chavez's phone. State Police, which is investigating the incident, has not confirmed whether it was Chavez who, in fact, called.  

"911, what's the address of your emergency?" the dispatcher asked.

Accused terrorist found in Farmington

The U.S. Marshals Service has arrested an accused terrorist in Farmington, NM.

The Service arrested 33-year-old Alan Schilling Thursday. He has a warrant for his arrest for terrorism threats and threatening an elected official in Utah.

Schilling allegedly threatened the Gran County, Utah Sheriff and Utah State Highway Patrol clerks.

The Service’s Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force, located in Farmington, was notified that Schilling was possibly en route the San Juan County area.

The task force located Schilling’s vehicle, draped with a tarp partially concealing it, parked near a homeless shelter in Farmington. Deputies found Schilling sleeping inside.

Schilling was taken into custody and booked into the San Juan County jail.

Bloomfield man arrested in stabbing incident

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man accused of stabbing and running over the boyfriend of his former daughter-in-law.

Deputies said Kenneth Johnson, 54, of Bloomfield, stabbed Richard Lopez, 27, of Blanco, Tuesday after hearing rumors that Lopez was abusing Johnson’s 12-year-old grandson.

Lopez is the boyfriend of the 12-year-old’s mother - who is Johnson's former daughter-in-law.