News, October 28th

RAFTA BUS DRIVER MAY BE CHARGED IN SATURDAY CRASH

Carbondale—The driver of the RFTA bus that crashed last Saturday night near Catherine Store is likely to be cited for reckless driving.  Three passengers were hospitalized in serious conditions while eight others sustained minor injuries.  The Colorado State Patrol says the bus overturned while swerving around a slow-moving tractor in the right lane of downvalley 82.  The bus hit the concrete median barrier and ended up on it’s left side.

GARCO SHERIFF’S LOOKING FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SUSPECT

Glenwood Springs—The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a man suspected of raping a woman over a month ago near the Target Store at Glenwood Meadows.  The suspect is described as thinly-built Latino man and was last seen driving a white, Toyota Camry with a bra and a sunroof. 

RESORT TOWN SUMMER SPENDING UP

DENVER (AP) – Resort towns across Colorado’s high county are reporting record sales-tax revenues and visitor spending this past summer. Telluride, Aspen, Vail and Breckenridge report record retail sales-tax revenue. Other towns say they were close to pre-recession highs. While winter revenues are much higher, much of the growth has come in the summer.

WRONGLY CONVICTED PALISADE MAN GETTING HIS DUE FROM STATE

DENVER (AP) – A man who served 17 years in a Colorado prison for a murder he didn’t commit has begun receiving money from the state under a new compensation law. Fifty-two-year-old Robert Dewey will get nearly $1.2 million from the state, in $100,000 monthly installments.  Dewey is the first exonerated former inmate to begin getting compensation since the law took effect in June.

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