News, April 17th

GLENWOOD WOMAN DIES FROM GUNSHOT WOUND

Glenwood Springs—The Glenwood Springs woman who was shot in the back of the head early Tuesday at a mobile home on South Grand Avenue has died. According to the latest reports from the Glenwood Springs Police Department, 40 year old Audrey Lowndes was pronounced dead just after 6pm Tuesday at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Lowndes’ boyfriend, 28 year old James Mallin remains behind bars in the Garfield County Jail on a 25 thousand dollar bond. Originally he was charged with attempted murder however District Attorney Sherry Caloia is expected to file a more serious charge depending on the investigation. According to reports, Mallin told police he, his father and Lowndes came home from church that night and began drinking along with a roommate, 41 year old Eric Satre. Mallin claims Lowndes was in a chair holding a .22 caliber rifle and when he tried to take it from her, a shot was fired.

PITCO CORONER REVEALS PFISTER’S CAUSE OF DEATH

Aspen—The Pitkin County coroner says blunt force injury to the head killed lifelong Aspen resident Nancy Pfister. Coroner J. Steven Ayers says the 57-year-old Pfister was hit with a hard object that had a small, curved shape and had been dead about 36 hours before her body was found on Feb. 26. The couple who rented Pfister’s home while she was in Australia, William and Nancy Styler, have been charged in her death. Katherine Carpenter has also been charged. Investigators have said Carpenter called police to report finding Pfister’s body in a closet but declined to release any information about how she died.

PITCO ADMIN BUILDING STILL CLOSED DUE TO ASBESTOS

Aspen—Inspectors say tests found no asbestos in the air in the Pitkin County administration building. County officials sayy the building will remain closed through tomorrow so crews can seal off and clean up areas where traces of asbestos were found in dust. The building was closed Tuesday after the cancer causing material was discovered in routine, preliminary tests done before a planned remodeling project. The 64 people who work there were told to stay home.

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