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Hearing delayed for constable after Boulder City incidents

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Larry Markotay

A preliminary hearing for the former chief constable of Boulder Township, who is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house and stealing several firearms, has been delayed so attorneys can review more details in the case.

Larry Markotay, 42, was scheduled to appear Monday in Henderson Justice Court for a preliminary hearing. His attorney, Bill Terry, appeared on his behalf and asked Justice of the Peace Stephen George to set a status check so attorneys could have more time for “further discovery” of details.

George set a status check for 9 a.m. Aug. 24.

Markotay is charged with burglary while in possession of a firearm, three counts of grand larceny of a firearm and two counts of possession of stolen property.

Boulder City Police arrested Markotay on March 10 after he admitted to picking the lock at his ex-girlfriend’s house on Feb. 14 and taking several firearms. He said he had loaned his girlfriend the firearms before their breakup in August 2009, police said.

He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center without bail but is no longer in custody.

The woman told police Markotay gave her the firearms after he appointed her as reserve constable of Boulder Township in December 2008, a police report indicated. Markotay provided her with a deputy constable badge and identification card, authorizing her ability to conduct investigations and make arrests, police said.

As acting constable, police said, Markotay needed to order the firearms for his job, but documentation was missing. Documentation also was missing for the appointment of Markotay's ex-girlfriend as reserve constable.

During a search of Markotay’s office, home and three storage areas, police said they found 85 firearms, including 35 rifles, six shotguns and a firearm with a missing serial number. He also had more than 24 badges from various agencies and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Markotay is also facing charges of DUI and fleeing the scene of an accident after crashing his duty vehicle into a light pole near Utah and Seventh streets on Feb. 22. A citizen called 911 to report that a car had crashed into a light pole and that the occupants had left on foot. No complaint has been filed on the DUI charges.

He submitted his letter of retirement to Clark County commissioners on March 29. In the letter, Markotay said he served as the Boulder Township constable for 15 years and is retiring for personal reasons.

Commissioners appointed former Boulder City Police Lt. James Reed as acting Boulder Township constable. Clark County Registrar Larry Lomax said Markotay was running for re-election of constable before his resignation. He said Markotay will still be on the ballot because he missed the March 23 election withdrawal date.

Boulder City Community Developer Director Brok Armantrout said Markotay also served as Boulder City’s code and zoning enforcement officer for more than six years. He said the City Council has eliminated his position.

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