Marijuana grow site

DPS shut down this marijuana grow operation July 24 near Stanford Road in Apache County.

APACHE COUNTY — On Friday, July 24 residents near Stanford Road saw a helicopter overhead the morning because the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) was making an illegal marijuana grow bust.

DPS Media Relations Specialist Bart Graves said in an email about the bust that John and Faith Hannar, ages 59 and 51 respectively, were both arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, marijuana production, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons snd child endangerment.Graves did not provide any details about the arrest or what led law enforcement to find the illegal marijuana grow operation.

SHOW LOW — Police arrested Jonathan J. Kitcheyan, 36, of Whiteriver, after he allegedly beat his pregnant girlfriend during a heated confrontation while staying at the KC Motel at 60 W. Deuce of Clubs.

According to the police report, Kitcheyan and Leia T. Nachu, 40, of Whiteriver, were allegedly alcohol impaired when they started yelling loudly at each over Nachu’s alleged alcohol consumption while pregnant causing a disturbance to other motel guests that prompted police intervention.

During the confrontation that turned physical, police said Kitcheyan allegedly caused injury with bruises to the victim’s chest, legs, arm and gave her a black eye when he allegedly bit her in the eye.

Police said Kitcheyan admitted giving Nachu a black eye.

He was charged with domestic violence-related assault.

Nachu was discovered to have two warrant for her arrest out of the Pinetop-Lakeside Justice Court for disobeying court orders on charges of shoplifting and criminal trespassing that came with combined bonds of $1,841 for which she was arrested and booked into the Navajo County Jail along with Kitcheyan.

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Huge waste of resources when cannibis will most likely be legal in a few months. I would like to see law enforcement concentrate on some real criminals that pose a legitimate threat to the community.


Agreed, in a few months pot will be called medicine, how will this look then?

Bad road ahead

If Apache County would just go after the well known, repeat burglars as hard as they do marijuana cases, the entire county would be far better off. We are almostvheld hostage by burglars.

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