News, January 10th

WINTRY CONDITIONS TO PERSIST FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS

Undated—The skiing will be great but road conditions will be a challenge for the next couple of days.  About a half dozen minor accidents and a handful of slide-offs were reported during this morning’s commute.  Snowy, icy roads and excessive speed proved to be a bad combination for a trucker last night around 8 o’clock  in Glenwood Canyon.  According to the Colorado State Patrol, 41 year old Mohammed Diawara of Denver lost control of his empty tanker near mile marker 118 on westbound I-70 and jacknifed, triggering a four-vehicle pile up.  One other semi and two passengers were involved and blocked both westbound lanes for about two hours. No one was hurt but Diawara was cited for careless driving.

DOG-SLEDDING KENNEL OWNER DENIES ABUSING ANIMALS

Snowmass Village—The owner of the Krabloonik dog-sledding company in Snowmass Village says he has never abused his animals.  Dan MacEachen was charged with eight misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after dogs were seized during a surprise visit by the DA’s office and two state veterinarians on December 12th.  Six of the charges are related to the dogs being malnourished and the other counts allege two dogs were neglected including one that required surgery.  MacEachen says his dogs are inspected every day and if any of them need medical attention, a veterinarian is called. 

COLORADO MAN BUSTED IN COCAINE RING

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A federal grand jury has accused a 51-year-old Colorado man of trying to transport more than 70 pounds of cocaine through Baton Rouge, La., on a private plane. Federal authorities say the plane with the drugs and Vincenzo Salzano on board was intercepted in October. The Aurora man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Baton Rouge.

WESTERN SLOPE MAN CONFESSES TO MURDER OF GIRLFRIEND

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – A Grand Junction man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, whose body was found by tourists outside Colorado National Monument. The Daily Sentinel reports 44-year-old David Norman entered his plea yesterday in the death of Kathy Fortner, whose body was found July 2.

UNCOUNTED BALLOTS DISCOVED FROM BROOMFIELD ELECTION

BROOMFIELD (AP) – Broomfield election judges plan to open a box of previously uncounted ballots and other election-related materials that were found after the November election. A recount was ordered because the margin of victory was too slim. It passed by 20 votes after the recount was completed. The Broomfield Enterprise says it’s unclear how the contents of the box will impact the election.

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