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Delta Airlines donates 200 blankets to CHC


Patients at the Commonwealth Health Center will have a more comfortable stay after Delta Air Lines, donated 200 Retired Delta Duvet blankets from their Business Elite Class.

Delta representatives pose with public health officials after donating 200 blankets. Contributed photo

Delta representatives pose with public health officials after donating 200 blankets. Contributed photo

Chris Concepcion, sales account executive, Daisy Sablan, station manager, Alex Palacios, ACS station supervisor, and other Delta Air Lines representatives, like Santa in the spirit of giving, delivered the duvets for the patient use at the Commonwealth Health Center.

via Marianas Variety – Delta Airlines donates 200 blankets to CHC.

Former CUC staffer gets 2,160 hours of community service for theft of utility services


SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja yesterday ordered former Commonwealth Utilities Corp. employee Paul K. Manglona to complete 2,160 hours of community work service following his admission to charges of theft of utility services.

From Aug. 2012 to March 2013, Manglona, while employed by CUC, tampered with his water meter, installed an illegal water connection, and stole $527.24 in water services, according to the factual basis for plea.

via Marianas Variety – Former CUC staffer gets 2,160 hours of community service for theft of utility services.

Man in theft, forgery case to appear in court


AUGUSTUS Loste II, 42, is expected to appear for his arraignment before Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja today.

Loste’s arraignment was originally scheduled for Nov. 25, 2013. The court allowed Loste to post $1,000, or 10 percent, of the $10,000 bail order following his arrest on Nov. 14, 2013.

The Attorney General’s Office charged Loste with theft, three counts of misuse of a credit card, and forgery that involved the unlawful use of his former wife’s credit card on Nov. 11, 2013.

via Marianas Variety – Man in theft, forgery case to appear in court.

Governor signs amended Rota Dog Control Act


THE Rota Municipal Council is responsible for implementing the island’s amended Dog Control Act that Gov. Eloy S. Inos signed recently, according to Rep. Teresita A. Santos.House Local Bill 18-23, which amends the Rota Dog Control Act, is now Rota Local Law 18-7.

via Marianas Variety – Governor signs amended Rota Dog Control Act.

Students recommend ideas to boost tourism


AS a result of the break-out session and group activity held by about 350 students during the Marianas Tourism Education Council summit on Wednesday, a lot of ideas that may enhance the CNMI tourism industry were proposed and discussed.

The participants broke into several groups consisting of high school and elementary students from various schools.

via Marianas Variety – Students recommend ideas to boost tourism.

Government ‘losing thousands’ to tax cheaters


THE commonwealth government has been losing thousands of dollars in taxes to businesses that do not issue sales receipts to their customers, Department of Finance Secretary Larrisa Larson told House members yesterday.

Larson met with the members of the House Commerce Committee in the House chamber at 2 p.m. to discuss a new measure that imposes fines on those who “willfully fail or refuse” to issue receipts to their customers.

via Marianas Variety – Government ‘losing thousands’ to tax cheaters.

22 day-care providers complete business-management training


Northern Marianas College’s Community Development Institute recently presented certificates to 22 day-care providers who successfully completed a business management training course facilitated by CDI and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Child Care Development Fund.

The 22 day-care providers were given hands-on training in the areas of business planning and operations, financing, marketing, customer service, financial management, and business communications. The course participants also learned the skills and techniques necessary to manage a small business including how to develop a business plan.

via Marianas Variety – 22 day-care providers complete business-management training.

Former officer smokes ‘ice’ while awaiting prison


THE U.S. Probation Office has informed the federal court that former CNMI Division of Customs officer Perry Magofna Iguel smoked “ice” two weeks ago.

Last month, U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona imposed a 24-month jail sentence on Iguel who admitted to a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, or “ice,” on at least two occasions. The judge allowed Iguel to remain at liberty.

via Marianas Variety – Former officer smokes ‘ice’ while awaiting prison.

Robert Jake Palacios gets 5 years for stealing prosecutor’s wallet, cellphone, keys


SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja imposed a five-year prison sentence on Robert Jake Palacios, 25, who admitted stealing a government prosecutor’s wallet, mobile phone and keys in a courtroom on Dec. 5, 2012.

During a sentencing hearing last week, Naraja noted Palacios’ prior adult convictions and their seriousness. The judge also discussed his familiarity with Palacios when he was a minor “and pointed out his regret that the system had failed to rehabilitate him [Palacios].”

via Marianas Variety – Robert Jake Palacios gets 5 years for stealing prosecutor’s wallet, cellphone, keys.

Request to suppress assault case statement denied


SUPERIOR Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho denied the motion to suppress a statement obtained by a female police officer from Ian Francis M. Dela Cruz, 29, who is facing charges related to injuring a man following an altercation in Chalan Kanoa on May 5, 2013.

Camacho presided over an evidentiary hearing on Sept. 18, 2013, with Chief Public Defender Douglas Hartig who represented Dela Cruz. Assistant Attorney General Barbara Cepeda argued on behalf of the government.

via Marianas Variety – Request to suppress assault case statement denied.