News, November 20th

ASPEN BOUND PLANE CRASHES

Aspen—-A small plane, bound for Aspen, crashed last night in Delta County, killing the pilot.  The National Transportation Safety Board has not released the name of the pilot who was the only person on board the Cessna 210.  According to investigators, the plane crashed in the backyard of a home last night just after 6 o’clock and missed the house by about 50 yards. 

COUNTERFEIT MONEY CIRCULATING IN GARFIELD COUNTY

Rifle—Look out for funny money being passed around Garfield County.  Authorities have been getting quite a few calls lately about phony 5 and 100 dollar bills.  In Rifle, Police Chief John Dyer says his officers are looking into at least three reports of people passing out counterfeit currency.  Dyer says a number of local banks have seen an increase in counterfeiting as well.  He says business owners should make sure their employees know how to spot phony bills.  Dyer says when someone detects a counterfeit bill, call 9-1-1 right away.

MAN DIES IN EARLY MORNING TRUCK ROLLOVER

Rifle—-A Colorado man was killed this morning near Rifle in a rollover accident on Eastbound I-70.  According to reports from the Colorado State Patrol, just before 1am, a truck, driven by a 57 year old man from Empire, burst into flames after drifting off the right shoulder and rolling.  The man, who’s name is being withheld pending notification of relatives, was ejected during the rollover and pronounced dead at the scene.

TWO VEHICLE CRASH CLOGS GRAND AVENUE TRAFFIC

Glenwood Springs—-Two SUV’s crashed yesterday morning just before 9 o’clock  in front of the 19th Street Diner and clogged Grand Avenue for good while. According to reports from the Glenwood Springs Police Department, 25 year old Joey Williams was reaching for a backpack on the floor of the passenger side of his ‘04 Toyota SUV when he rear ended an GMC Yukon in the left turn lane. Both vehicles were heading south on Grand.  Williams’ vehicle flipped onto the passenger side after the collision but he was unhurt.  The driver of the Yukon was treated and released at Valley View Hospital.  Williams was ticketed for careless driving.

RIFLE RESIDENTS TOLD TO GO EASY ON WATER CONSUMPTION

Rifle—Rifle residents are being asked to conserve water for the time being due to a malfunction yesterday at the water treatment plant.  A reverse 9-1-1 call went out to residents and business owners yesterday afternoon alerting them about the situation at the Graham Mesa plant.  City officials however are reassuring folks that while the plant is old, the tanks are full and the water is fit to drink.  Officials say this incident highlights the need and the urgency for construction of the new water treatment plant to begin soon.  A year ago, Rifle voters approved a sales tax increase to help pay for the project.

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