HARBOR FREIGHT FIRE
Clifton Fire investigators are heading to Harbor Freight this morning, looking into an early morning fire. Witnesses reported flames and at first thought the fire was at Cactus Canyon Night Club. Firefighters were on the scene just before 2:00 this morning and had the fire knocked down by ten after. No report on damage.
FRUITA CHAMBER SHAKE-UP
The Fruita Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new director. The Daily Sentinel says the group's board of directors asked for, and received Leanne Ingwersen's resignation Tuesday. The board didn't say why it let Ingwersen go. She headed the chamber since April of last year.
COLO RIVER LEVELS LOW
The Colorado River is flowing at near record lows. Drought conditions in the state have decreased the streamflow recording at the state line to its 3rd percentile, or equal to or less than 97% of previous streamflow recording for this time of year. The Daily Sentinel says data from the Colorado Climate Center at CSU shows soils in western Colorado and eastern Utah are exceptionally dry with the area having recived only about 20% of average rainfall.
DISH v KREX, KFQX
Dish says it's KREX and KFQX's fault you can't see the local stations on DISH Satellite. The TV stations say it's DISH's fault. DISH removed the stations saying they demanded a 200-percent rate increase and demanded DISH eliminate the customer enabled commercial skipping technology called AutoHop, even though the service has been available for years. KREX says it wants to be on the DISH system and is continuing negotiations.
A 25 year old Grand Valley man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a series crimes over the last year. Cody Joe Lynn entered guilty pleas yesterday to theft, trespass of an auto, identity theft and burglary. His attorneys said he was a victim of opiate addiction, but the court didn't buy it. The Daily Sentinel says he was arrested on 132 criminal charges in which 70 local residents were victims. Lynn was ordered to pay nearly $37,000 restitution.
A plea agreement may be coming in the murder case against former Grand Junction resident Marcus Bebb-Jones. He's accused of killing his wife Sabrina in Junction in 1997 and leaving her body in a remote part of Garfield County. He was arrested in Great Britain in 2009, and extradicted to Glenwood Springs a year later, and remains in the Garfield County Jail. The Glenwood Post Independent says the plea deal is expected to be announced today.
MAN TICKETED IN OM BIKE CRASH
A 58 year old Grand Junction man has been cited on suspicion of DUI have hitting a bicyclist on Orchard Mesa Friday night. Police tell the Daily Sentinel 15 year old Michael Massingill road his bike into the path of George A. Williams' car, was hit and seriously injured. Willams is to appear in court June 27th.
2 INDIES ON BALLOT
Two Independent Candidates are on the November Ballot for District 1 Mesa County Commissioner. John Leane was certified for the ballot last month, yesterday, the Mesa County Clerk's Office certified petitions turned in by Jana Bingham-Gerow. Republicans, Ken Henry and John Justman face off in the primary later this month to challenge Gerow and Leane for the seat currently held by term-limited Craig Meis.
A 43 year old Grand Junction mother is in jail, accused of taking her 4 year old daughter to a meth deal. The Daily Sentinel says Dawn Scholl was arrested Tuesday night after a deal set up by a Drug Task Force informant. Scholl was being held on $10,000 bond, but also has a hold which could prevent release.
FRONT RANGE WEATHER
Heavy rain and hail in south Denver and El Paso County. The National Weather Service says a small tornado was spotted just north of DIA around 5:00, and another one in northeastern Colorado about an hour and a half later. There were reports of up 6 inches of hail in areas around Parker.