NEWS

GARCO PIPELINE PROBLEMS

Battlement Mesa—A pipeline being installed in Battlement Mesa is not up to snuff according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. In a written report COGCC Environmental Manager Greg Deranleau criticized Summit Midstream for failing to take proper precautions during installation and for doing a poor job of handling soil and storm water.  County Oil and Gas Liaison Kirby Wynn says everyone is working to correct the problems about topsoil management and site preparation.  Deranleau says the county should refer the sites to the Colorado Water Quality Control Division for further inspection.

CARBONDALE ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS STILL ON THE LOOSE

Carbondale—They are armed, dangerous and still on the loose. The two 19 year old black men suspected in last Thursday’s armed robbery of the Cowen Center Convenience Store in Carbondale have managed to elude a small army of police officers, sheriff’s deputies, canines and a drone since being spotted on a RAFTA bus yesterday morning.  According to statements from the bus driver, he recognized the two robbery suspects shortly after they boarded when they loosened their hoodie sweatshirts. To avoid tipping off the two men, the bus driver was able to alert authorities over his cell phone.  Police began pursuing the down valley bus until it stopped at Holland Hills where the pair jumped out the emergency window and ran off.  Traffic was held up as authorities closed off the immediate area and put nearby schools on emergency lock down.  Nicholas Ameral is described as 6 feet tall and about 150 pounds while his cousin Benjamin Weeks is shorter and lighter, around 5-9, 140 pounds.   According to reports, the two were spotted briefly in a rugged area east of Basalt but police lost sight of them.  Authorities say if you see these two men, call 9-1-1 immediately.