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Talk of cheating leads to arrests

Chad Abraham

Editor’s note: The charge against Ebon Talifarro was dismissed on Jan. 27, 2005 and the case was subsequently vacated.Nothing ruins the holiday mood faster than infidelity.Just ask a Michigan couple who were staying at the Aspen Meadows. Police responded to the hotel around 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19, to investigate a domestic disturbance report.Kim Duffiney met police at her hotel room and invited an officer inside while another officer talked with her boyfriend, Ebon Talifarro. The officer noticed “a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath” and that “clothes and other items were strewn across the floor in both the living room and the bedroom,” a police report states.”The hallway leading from the front door to the kitchen was splattered with an unknown liquid well above head height,” the report says.Duffiney told police that the couple’s day had been proceeding smoothly until they were driving back from Carbondale and “the conversation turned to a relationship that Talifarro had been involved in during the summer.” Duffiney said her boyfriend compared her “unfavorably to the other woman,” according to the report.Once back at the hotel, Duffiney locked herself in the bedroom and demanded that Talifarro leave. The report says he began packing his things and accused her of having an affair.”Talifarro insisted that he is the best that Duffiney, a single mother of three, will ever realize,” the report says.A heated argument ensued and Talifarro “became irate, called her a retard, grabbed her with both hands and pushed her to the floor,” according to the report. He then allegedly dragged her by her hair down the hallway to the bedroom. Duffiney said she was calling the police, at which point Talifarro “struck himself in the face.”Police arrested both on charges of third-degree assault.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com