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12th Judicial District Attorney David Mahonee said yesterday that he was convicted of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in 1971, a misdemeanor, under the name of David Lee Huey. The San Luis Valley prosecutor said that it wasn’t his finest hour, but was a mistake and that mistake wouldn’t happen again. Mahonee said that he had met up with some friends that he served with in the navy and the group went out for a night of drinking in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Mahonee did not elaborate about the incident, but said he took the car of a person he knew without permission. Yesterday’s revelation capped a week in which a document alleging a criminal past for Mahonee circulated among the legal community and partisans involved in the campaign for district attorney. The document, which Mahonee said was from a concealed weapons permit denial by the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office in 2010, says that he was convicted of auto theft following his arrest on May 10th, 1971, in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. The document also says Mahonee had been charged with aggravated assault and auto theft following another arrest on June 17th, 1971. Mahonee says the second arrest never happened. Mahonee said that his name change in 1983 while living in California had nothing to do with the incident in Minnesota.

Pueblo County law enforcement agencies conducted the largest marijuana bust in Pueblo County history and one of the largest ever in Colorado near San Isabel. A crop of 7,000 to 9,000 pot plants with an estimated street value of $15 million were seized in a steep, secluded terrain in what appears to be the work of a Mexican drug operation. Four people fled during the raid and two were arrested. The raid began at about 6am yesterday. One site is located between Colorado 165 and Old San Isabel Road and the three other sites are located a short but steep hike south of the highway. The grow operation is located between Lake Isabel and the YMCA’s camp Jackson. The plants were being grown on private property belonging to the late Bob Jackson. The Jackson family was reportedly unaware of the growing operation and were shocked at the news. The names of the suspects were not released yesterday, but they are reportedly Mexican nationals who have been growing marijuana on the Jackson property for about three years.

Three suspects were arrested and charged in Trinidad on Tuesday in connection with a late-night shooting that took place last Friday. One of those arrested was charged with violation of a restraining order, prohibited use of a weapon, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors. The two other men arrested were also charged, one with misdemeanor conspiracy. Shots were reportedly fired in the 1500 block of North Linden in Trinidad at approximately 8:23pm on Friday. According to the Trinidad Police Department, the three suspects claimed that they had been shot at by a man wearing a yellow shirt. They all denied firing a gun and having a weapon in the vehicle in which they were riding, however, police located a handgun under the driver’s seat. The case remains under investigation.

Tisha Casida, a Pueblo County small business owner, has entered the race for Colorado’s 3rd congressional district, challenging incumbent U.S. Representative Scott Tipton of Cortez and State Representative Sal Pace of Pueblo for the seat. Casida, who is 30, running as an independent candidate, said that she became interested in running for the seat after facing differing government rules and regulations while running a farmers market in Pueblo. Casida says that government is not necessarily listening to people in their constituency. She says she would fight to lower federal taxes and to decrease government spending. Casida has bachelor’s degrees from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and a master’s degree in business administration for CSU Pueblo.

A class entitled “Tax Tips for the Self Employed” will be held on Thursday, August 30th, from 5 to 7pm, at the San Luis Public Health Conference Room in San Luis. The class will be presented by Christy Jackson of Jackson Accounting, an enrolled agent. Cost is $20 per person. For more information or to RSVP, call Donna Wehe at 719-589-3682.