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SILT MAN INCOMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER

Glenwood Springs— Despite five months of intense mental health treatment, the Silt man accused of killing his father last December after a night of drinking and fighting is not competent to stand trial.  That’s the ruling from Garfield County District Judge James Boyd who based his decision on a report from the Colorado Mental Health Institute on 28 year old Anthony Padia.  Padia was arrested at the family home in Silt after his father, Leon, was found dead in his bed.  Arrest reports indicate Anthony was acting like a child when he was taken into custody.  Earlier this year, Judge Boyd sent Padia to the treatment center, hoping he would be cleared to stand trial for second degree murder.  Padia’s fate will probably be decided in October.

SUSPECTED SNOWMASS CAT KILLER KEPT IN JAIL

Snowmass Village—He allegedly beat and drowned his family’s cat last Saturday morning at his Snowmass Village home and a judge says he may be a danger to himself and others.  27 year old Nathaniel Work is being held on five thousand dollars bond at the Pitkin County jail for animal cruelty charges and to undergo a mental health evaluation.  According to arrest reports, Work admitted to killing the cat to police. 

EPA MINE SPILL INVESTIGATION REVEALS NEW FACTS

Billings, Mont.—The Environmental Protection Agency and state regulators underestimated how much water pressure had built up inside the old Gold King mine near Silverton before a government clean up crew triggered the release of 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas River.  That’s the key finding of an internal government investigation.  According to reports, EPA managers knew a large spill was possible but had only drafted a cursory response plan in case of disaster.  The toxic water polluted rivers in three states.