Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday January 4, 2013

The Mesa County Coroner's Office has identified a man hit by a car and killed New Year's night on the Redlands.  68 year old John J. Timony had a blood alcohol of .075, just under the level considered too intoxicated to drive in Colorado.

CDOT is replacing signals at the Highway 6 and State Highway 82 intersection in Glenwood Springs. The old lights wee on span-wires and had been hit several times.  The project includes 4 new traffic signal poles and mast arms for the lights.  Temporary signals are in use right now and the new ones should be up in the next few weeks.

A former Denver man will be sentenced in April after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States with respect to claims, and one count of misuse of a Social Security Number.  65 year old Thomas Quintin and a co-conspirator were indicted by a federal grand jury in February of last year.  The two submitted $1.8 million in income tax return claims in the names of deceased individuals.  Quintin faces up to ten years in federal prison and fines of more than $250,000.

A Palisade man under arrest in the hit and run killing of a woman on a downtown street last fall, is now facing drug charges.  The Daily Sentinel says 26 year old Cody Boden is accused of having distributed a controlled narcotic to three people hours before the fatal crash. The drug charges were filed yesterday.

Prosecutors CAN use threats posted on Facebook to move forward with a case against a Grand Junction man.  Kenneth Wheeler was arrested in Grand Junction last March after a post made in Italy calling for followers to "kill cops and drown them in the blood of their children."  According to the Denver Post, Wheeler had unfriended all of his followers so was not communicating with anyone when he made his post.  A tipster notified police after seeing Wheeler's post.

A Craig man has died after an explosion at an oil rig site in Moffat County.  Investigators tell the Craig Daily Press a tank holding left-over fracking water exploded, as workers tried to offload water from another tank. A propane heater was being used to thaw the valves when the explosion happened killing 49 year old Jon Herod of Craig.

The Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies is moving to Palisade from the site on Scarlet Drive in Grand Junction where they've operated since 2001.  The Daily Sentinel says everything is being moved today and over the weekend for Monday's opening at 119 Bower Street in Palisade.  Donations can be made there, or at the Salvation Army or Community Food Bank at Mesa County Central Services.

A small earthquake near Paonia was probably caused by coal mine activity.  That's what the USGS says bout the 2.8 quake.  The Daily Sentinel says CMU has a network of seismometers and records small quakes in the area "all the time." A tembler has to register 2.5 to be published by the USGS.