News, December 19th

TYPE O NEGATIVE BLOOD NEEDED IN COLORADO

Denver—Colorado needs your blood if your type is Negative O.  The Bonfils Blood Center says there’s been an unusual and sudden demand for Type O in recent weeks, depleting the supply.  Type O blood is compatible with most patients and on a typical day, Bonfils has up to 200 units available.  As of Wednesday, the supply was down to 32 units.

KRABLOONIK OWNER CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY

Snowmass Village—Eight misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty have been filed against the owner of the Krabloonik dog-sledding company in Snowmass Village.  Six counts against Dan MacEachen are for failing to provide food to the dogs and the other counts are for neglecting two dogs that need serious medical attention including one dog that required surgery.  The D.A.’s office in Pitkin County decided charges were warranted after an investigator and two state veterinarians did a surprise inspection of the facility a week ago. MacEachen denies the charges and says the accusations are politically motivated by animal rights activists.  He’s due in court January 14th.

SEX TRAFFICKING ON THE RISE IN COLORADO

Undated—They’re called “flesh peddlers” and in Colorado, they’re on the prowl looking for teenagers.  According to the FBI’s Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force, the number of cases involving human trafficking for sex and labor is on the rise.  Last year the task force rescued 49 teens from their pimps.  This year, they’ve rescued 59.  Authorities say human trafficking for sex involves force, servitude, labor, fear or coercion.  Once their captors are caught, prosecutors say it’s tough to get a conviction.

COULD IT BE OPEN SEASON ON DRONES IN COLORADO TOWN?

Deer Trail—-A Colorado town considering issuing hunting permits for drone aircraft has been given the go-ahead for a special election on the matter next year. A judge on Tuesday rejected a legal challenge that claimed the petition drive in Deer Trail was approved by a biased town clerk. The proposal has drawn warnings from the Federal Aviation Administration, which says shooting unmanned aircraft is a crime.

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