Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thursday June 14, 2012 Flag Day

27 1/4 FATAL
Grand Junction Police say speed and alcohol were factors in a crash that killed an 18 year old.  Brandon Mills in the rollover off 27 1/4 Road north of H Road early yesterday morning. The Mesa County Coroner's office says Mills' blood alcohol content when he died was more than twice the legal limit for driving in Colorado.

Both the indoor and outdoor pools at the Montrose Aquatic Center are closed because of mechanical problems.  Circulation pumps on both pools broke down unexpectedly forcing the closure.  More than 500 people use the facility everyday and staff say they're working to get the pumps up and running again.

A republican candidate for the CU Regent At-Large is calling on his primary opponent to drop out of the race.  Brian Davidson says opponent Matt Arnold should end his campaign after admitting he doesn't have a Master's Degree he said he has.  Davidson says if Arnold were a faculty member and lied about his credentials, his job would be on the line. The misrepsentation was published last week by the Colorado Springs Gazette and The Denver Post.

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a crash in Teller County that injured four children.  The 6, 9, 10 and 12 year old kids were riding in the bed of a pickup when it went of the road and rolled.  All four were thrown out and suffered serious to minor injuries.  Neither drugs nor alcohol are considered factors, but charges are pending against the 28 year old driver.

The manager of Two Rivers Convention Center and the Avalon Theater has resigned after being found naked and drunk in a downtown restroom.  The Daily Sentinel says 33 year old Theron LaFountain was ticketed on suspicion of indecent exposure just after 4:00 Tuesday morning at the Greyhound bus station. Grand Junction City spokeswoman Sam Rainguet says LaFountain resigned for personal reasons.  He was hired by the city last fall to run the two facilities.

Two men arrested on suspicion of murder and arson are being held on $1 million bond each. 22 year old Lucos Schultz and 26 year old Julius Sutton were arrested Tuesday following an RV fire on Orchard Mesa in which a man died.  The Daily Sentinel says a judge yesterday granted a request by DA Pete Hautzinger for physical exams of the suspects, to look for deep bruising under their skin. The motion for the request is under seal and Hautzinger didn't provide any further explanation.  The name of the victim still hasn't been released.

A Grand Junction Democrat running for the House District 54 seat held by Republican Ray Scott says he wants to limit Colorado's legislative sessions to 90 days instead of 120.  Dan Robinson says money saved could be used for other things, like business loans.  The Daily Sentinel says Robinson plans a public announcement on the idea today.  Scott in the meantime says he'll kick off his fundraising campaign at a Canyon View Park barbeque next week.

Some residents evacuated by the High Park fire northwest of Ft. Collins have been allowed to return home, but a couple thousand are still waiting.  A briefing yesterday indicated 118 structures have burned, some residents still waiting to hear the fate of their homes.  One person has died in the fire now estimated to cover 73 square miles is 10% contained.