Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday March 23, 2012

A 25 year old man is under arrest after police say he barricaded himself in home on Grand Avenue. Joshua Drahn  was reported as an escapee from community corrections and refused to come out of the apartment when officers tried to arrest him at 9:45 last night. SWAT officers made their way inside the home just before midnight and arrested Drahn in the attic.

C-DOT's opening the bike path through Glenwood Canyon tomorrow.  Some of the path remained closed all last summer because of high runoff damage,  because of this year's dry conditions, crews have been able to begin inspections and maintenance earlier than ever.  Crews have spent an estimated $1.5 million to make repairs, including moving in 1,800 cubic yards of rock material to stabilize eroded areas under the path.

A Montrose man has been convicted of 1st degree arson in a fire at the Affordable Inns in Montrose.  The Montrose Daily Press says a jury deliberated three hours before returning the verdict against Ronnie Barrett.  Prosecutors said Barrett was agry about being evicted from the Inn which offered cut rates to help homeless people.  Barrett's attorney says he'll appeal the decision after sentencing in May.

That huge wind-whipped wildfire on the front range last week has left a fire fighter hospitalized in critical condition.  Jennifer Struckmeyer was burned in the 37 square mile fire near Wray.  40 to 50 head of cattle were killed or euthanized and about 400 head are still unaccounted for.

Even though nearly $10 million has been spent on an energy efficiency makeover, Grand Junction's Federal Court House is on the chopping block.  The Daily Sentinel says the building is 43rd on a list of 60 court sites being considered for closure.  The General Services Administration's Denver office says it hasn't heard of plans to get rid of the building. The $15 million remodeling project is being paid for with money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The trial for Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Kirk Firko has been moved to July, two years since Jason Kemp was shot to death at his home on the Redlands. Firko faces trespass and other charges, Trooper Gene Lawyer is charged with criminally negligent homicide in the shooting. The Daily Sentinel says  Firko's trial had been scheduled first and that would've prevented testimony from Lawyer.  Lawyer's trial is to begin April 9th.

Grand Jucntion fire investigators are looking for the cause of a fire at American Auto Salvage near South 5th Street and the Riverside Parkway.  The fire was reported just before 1:00 this morning and took nearly an hour to control.  A mobile home, several cars and other junk was burned.  No injuries, and damage about $3,000.