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DETAILS OF CARBONDALE MURDER SUSPECT TO BE RELEASED

Glenwood Springs—The arrest affidavit containing key information about the Carbondale man who confessed to stabbing his wife to death nearly two months ago may be unsealed today.  Garfield County District Court Judge James Boyd ordered the documents to be made public under a Freedom of Information Act request.  46 year old Arturo Navarette Portillo has been charged with first degree murder in the February 16th death of his wife, 30 year old Maria Carminda-Portillo Amaya.  Arturo Portillo was severely injured after rear-ending an empty cattle truck on Highway 133 near Roaring Fork High School that morning.  According to reports, while being flown from Valley View Hospital to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Portillo supposedly confessed to killing his wife to the medical crew aboard the helicopter.  His lawyers argued against the information being released, saying it could hurt his chances of finding an impartial jury should the case go to trial.

GW BANK ROBBER PLEADS GUILTY

Glenwood Springs—The man who robbed the downtown Glenwood Springs U.S. Bank nearly three years ago, pled guilty to robbery and felony theft.  48 year old Mark Osterloo of Denver was also implicated in a couple of Colorado Springs bank robberies that year and during a line up, was identified as the suspect in the April 2012 Glenwood Springs heist.  According to reports, Osterloo did not display a gun during the robbery in Glenwood Springs but did say he was armed.  He’s facing 8 years in prison.

FORMER DOG SLEDDING BUSINESS OWNER PLEADS CASE

Aspen—(AP) – The former owner of the Krabloonik dog-sledding business in Snowmass Village has pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and will likely avoid a jail sentence. Dan MacEachen entered his plea Tuesday and is scheduled to be sentenced April 13. As part of a plea deal that calls for no jail time, seven other misdemeanors are to be dismissed. MacEachen was charged in December 2013, a few days after officials seized eight dogs from his business, called Krabloonik, that were underweight or in need of emergency veterinarian care. MacEachen has since sold the business to new owners who have implemented a host of changes.

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