NO REDUCED BOND FOR PARACHUTE WOMAN JAILED IN DAUGHTER’S DEATH
GLENWOOD SPRINGS(AP) – The mother facing charges in her infant daughter’s death in western Colorado will remain jailed on $100,000 bond, despite her attorney’s efforts to have the amount lowered. 41-year-old Phyllis Wyatt is facing a felony charge of criminally negligent child abuse causing death. Her partner, Matthew Ogden, is also facing charges in the June death of their 1-month-old daughter. The infant’s death was ruled a homicide when an autopsy revealed the child had two potentially fatal wounds, a skull fracture and liver injuries. The couple fled to Minnesota and was arrested June 30. Wyatt’s attorney argued for a lower bond Tuesday, saying the fact that the couple fled shouldn’t be held against them. The judge, citing the severity of the crime, kept the bond at $100,000.
OTHER COLORADO NEWS…
DENVER (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency plans to build a wastewater treatment plant for an inactive Colorado gold mine after the agency inadvertently triggered a 3-million-gallon spill of polluted water there last month. The EPA released documents outlining plans to quickly build the plant below the Gold King Mine near Silverton. The documents don’t say how much the plant will cost.
TABERNASH (AP) – The Grand County sheriff and three deputies are on paid leave after a suspected burglar was shot during a nighttime burglary. Authorities say the burglary was reported at Snooty Coyote Liquors in Tabernash. Authorities say the man advanced toward the officers while brandishing a knife and was shot. Undersheriff Wayne Schaffer has assumed responsibilities as acting sheriff of Grand County while the investigation continues.
DENVER (AP) – Some Colorado lawmakers are considering ending the state’s only-in-the-nation ban on backyard rain barrels despite a similar effort failing last legislative session. The Durango Herald reports that the Water Resources Review Committee yesterday approved drafting a bill that would allow residents to collect rain in barrels. The bill would require users to register their 55-gallon barrels.