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County starts work on voters’ mandate supporting liquor tax

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Vote to come in December

The McKinley County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation regarding a new ordinance involving the Liquor Excise Tax at their Nov. 19 meeting.

“The ordinance was voted for during the Nov. 5 election,” Lori Parra, director of the McKinley County Community Services Department, said. “This...

Veterans beware

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Scams seek personal information

Voice messages that say your Veterans Affairs profile was flagged for possible new benefits may not be telling the truth.

The Federal Communications Commission has issued a notice about scams targeting veterans’ benefits.

Reports by the Leader-Herald in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and KARE11, an NBC station in Minneapolis, say scam callers are attempting to elicit financial and other personal information from veterans. Callers may tell vets there is a new type of veterans benefit related to home loans. The reports say the scammers use caller ID spoofing to deceive their intended victims.

The scammers often leave voice messages, following a script...

Beleaguered former coach to face misdemeanor charges

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Arrested and removed from staff in October

A former Miyamura High School football coach is no longer facing felony charges in connection with his arrest in October for stealing money from one of his players.

John Roanhaus, 42, still faces a misdemeanor charge of larceny in connection with the incident. He is scheduled to have a non-jury trial in Magistrate Court Jan. 16. The court held a preliminary hearing on the matter last week.

The New Mexico State Police issued a statement Oct. 7 stating that Roanhaus was arrested after police reviewed a video which allegedly showed him removing money from a football player’s wallet, which the player had placed in his school locker.



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Lizer Kionte

Nov. 20, 4:36 pm

Aggravated DWI (1st offense)

Gallup Police Officer Timo Molina said he was dispatched to the east ramp of Interstate 40 in connection with a single vehicle crash.

When Molina arrived, he met Lizer Kionte, 23, no address given. Kionte at first said he was not the driver, but then admitted he was. He also admitted to drinking two 16 ounce cans of beer about two hours before getting behind the wheel.

Kionte agreed to do the standard field sobriety tests and failed. He was arrested for DWI. He refused to take a breath alcohol test and was transported to county jail.


Jade Dennison

Nov. 11, 11:11 pm

DWI (1st offense)

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Assault in Gamerco

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A physical altercation between a Gallup man, his girlfriend and her son led to the arrest of David Halona, 28, of Gamerco.

When Deputy James Sanchez arrived at Halona’s address Nov. 22, a domestic dispute was in progress and medical units were on the scene. Medical personnel were attending to Halona, who had lacerations to his head.

On the way to the Gallup Indian Medical Center, Halona gave no information.

Sanchez then spoke to Marissa Marquez, who told him that she and Halona were at Sports Page Lounge in Gallup that afternoon drinking a 12-pack of beer.

Marquez said Halona got upset on the way home and accused her of cheating on him. She said she called her son, Kenneth...

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