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Keller releases special audit report on McKinley County Sheriff’s Office

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SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller publicly released the report of a special examination of financial issues in the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office July 7.

The report is the result of an investigation that the Office of the State Auditor announced earlier this year. The examination focused on the potential misuse of...

Cash Cow files for reorganization in pending one year lawsuit

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Cash Cow filed for Chapter 11 reorganization July 6 with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Albuquerque, after the company could not reach a settlement on a lawsuit filed more than a year ago.

“We’ve made a reasonable offer,” said Tim Delgado, principal owner, who started the company in September 2003, “to the attorneys who filed the suit.”

A day before Cash Cow held their largest Customer Appreciation Day in Ford Canyon park last year in June, the company was served with a civil summons in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. The suit cited that Cash Cow had violated the Truth in Lending Act and Unfair Practice.

For retail sales in which customers would make...

Man crashes into motel, gets fourth DWI

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George Touchine, 69, of Tohatchi, NM was arrested July 5 after he drove a vehicle into a room at the Zia Motel on east 66.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Gallup Police Department Officer Timothy Hughte, he was called to the Zia Motel around 7:44 pm and arrived there to see a black Ford passenger vehicle halfway inside of a motel room.

Touchine was in the driver’s seat, and had to climb to the backseat to get out of the vehicle. Witnesses said that they removed the keys from the vehicle after he had driven into the room a second time.

Several witnesses came forward regarding the crash, according to the complaint. One male said he was standing outside with his friend...

Drowning victim identified

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A man found deceased in the Rio Puerco July 5 has been identified as 61-year-old Allen Joe Begay of White Cone, Ariz.

According to Gallup Police Department Sgt. Rosanne Morrissette and Capt. Rick White, two people were walking over Munoz Overpass, looked down and saw a man’s body in the affectionately called ‘perky’ below.

“Sunday evening at about 7:15 pm, police were dispatched to the perky east of the Munoz Overpass in reference to a deceased male lying in the Rio Puerco,” White said in a press release.

The deceased body was recovered and sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, where he was identified and the cause of death was determined to be...

WEEKLY DWI REPORT

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Lathan Antone, 25, Crownpoint, NM

Antone was arrested July 5 by McKinley County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Johnson Lee. Lee found Antone asleep behind the wheel of his pickup truck while the vehicle was running but parked in the south bound lane of Highway 491 just north of Maloney avenue. Upon waking him, Antone attempted to drive away. MCSO Deputy Arnold Noriega placed spikes in front of the vehicle to stop him. Antone’s breath test results registered at twice the legal limit at a .16, .17. He was arrested and booked into the jail for aggravated DWI; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; having an open container; stopping, standing or parking and an outstanding...

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