Breaking News: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Jury finds Thames guilty of 1994 murder

By Staff

For the second time, a man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the 1994 death of Palisade’s Jacie Taylor, after a jury returned guilty verdicts against Douglas Thames in a Mesa County courtroom today. The first man convicted in the case, Robert “Rider” Dewey, spent 18 years in prison, wrongfully convicted of the crime and later exonerated by DNA. That DNA evidence pointed to Douglas Thames, prosecutors said, and the jury agreed. Thames was convicted on counts of ...

DDA fires just-hired director

By Gary Harmon

The Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority has cut ties with the man it hired in October to head the organization. John Schneiger’s employment by the authority ends officially on Dec. 4, the authority said in a statement today, in which it said it would have no further comment. After meeting with Schneiger, a former Fruita city manager, on Tuesday, the authority board concluded that it was unable “to offer him what he needed in terms of support staff and other ...

Broncos bring in Christian Ponder to add depth at QB

By The AP

ENGLEWOOD — With Peyton Manning out until at least mid-December, the Denver Broncos bolstered their depth at quarterback by signing Christian Ponder on Wednesday. The former Minnesota Vikings first-rounder will serve as the Broncos’ third QB behind starter Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian, a rookie from Northwestern. Ponder can’t have the number he wore at Florida State or in Minnesota — No. 7 — which belongs to Hall of Fame QB John Elway, now the ...

Victim in hit-and-run accident dies overnight

By Staff

The person who was allegedly dragged by an 18-wheeler after an accident Tuesday morning in the parking lot of The Atrium of the Grand Valley assisted living facility has died, the Grand Junction Police Department reported. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office this afternoon identified the victim as 60-year-old Kevin Merwick of Grand Junction. Coroner’s officials said Merwick died of blunt force injuries to his chest and left arm and ruled his death an accident. Investigators a few ...

More snow headed to Colorado mountains, Front Range

By The AP

DENVER — More snow is headed toward Colorado but the storm isn’t expected to hit in time to slow down most travelers on Wednesday. The storm is forecast to move into the mountains and the Front Range later in the day. The snow is expected to continue into Thanksgiving Day and Friday, dropping up to 10 inches of snow in the mountains and up to 8 inches in the Denver area. The National Weather Service warns that the snow could initially be mixed with freezing drizzle in eastern ...

19 people ill in E. coli linked to Costco chicken salad

By The AP

SEATTLE — The strain of E. Coli linked to Costco chicken salad that has sickened 19 people in seven states is more likely to be life-threatening than a recent foodborne illness that led to the closure of some Chipotle restaurants in the Northwest People who bought chicken salad at any U.S. Costco store on or before Friday were advised to throw it away, even if no one has gotten sick. The strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli can be life-threatening, but no deaths have been ...

Lion cubs now on exhibit at Denver Zoo

By The AP

DENVER — A pair of two-month-old lion cubs has made their public debut at the Denver Zoo. The Denver Post reports that visitors to the zoo could see brother Kalu and sister Kamara for the first time Monday. Zookeepers say prime viewing hours to watch the cubs are from 10 a.m. to noon. But the baby lions will only be allowed outdoors when temperatures are least 45 degrees. The 20-pound cubs, which were born Sept. 10, are growing up to four pounds every week. They have spent the last ...

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