Breaking News: Thursday, April 28, 2016

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Murder suspect’s hospital statements largely allowed

By Dennis Webb

A judge has decided to allow at trial incriminating statements a Carbondale man allegedly made at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction after his wife’s murder. These include statements in which Arturo Navarrete-Portillo, 47, allegedly confessed to the killing of Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya, 30, at their apartment in February 2015. He is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the incident, in which he allegedly attacked her with a machete. Ninth Judicial ...

‘Substance’ letter briefly shuts community corrections today

By Staff

A brief lockdown at Mesa County’s community corrections facility over a letter with “unknown substance” written on the envelope Thursday morning turned out to be “much ado about nothing,” said the facility’s director. A former community corrections resident had apparently used the facility’s address in the 600 block of South Avenue as a return address when reportedly sending another former resident a letter at a prison, said Dennis Berry, director ...

Cops: Gunshot victim has non-life-threatening wound

By Staff

Mesa County sheriff’s officials said this morning the person who was shot at a Clifton apartment complex Wednesday sustained a non-life-threatening wound. Deputies have made no arrests in the case and presumably continue to look for the gunman. Deputies were called to 488 32 Road at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a shots being fired. The caller stated a person, who looked like they might have been shot, was seeing running away from the property. A short time later, a person was ...

Navajo irrigation canals reopen after mine spill

By The AP

SHIPROCK, N.M. — Flushing of the irrigation canals that serve Navajo farmers in northwestern New Mexico is underway as officials work to deliver water for the first time in months. The canals that serve tribal chapters along the San Juan River were closed last year in response to the Gold King Mine spill in southern Colorado. Shiprock irrigation supervisor Marlin Saggboy tells The Daily Times in Farmington that people served by the Hogback and Cudei canals decided to reopen the ...

Farmers Market relocates to Cross Orchards

By Erin McIntyre

The longest-running farmers market in the valley will relocate to a historic living history farm. Cross Orchards, located at 3073 F Road, will be the new home of the Teller Arms Farmers Market, which formerly operated at the Teller Arms Shopping Center since 1977. One of the market organizers, Kerry Cook of Apple Hill Farms, confirmed the market reached an agreement with the Museums of Western Colorado and will begin operating in mid-June at the farm. The farmers market began searching ...

Car theft suspect killed in shootout in Westminster

By The AP

WESTMINSTER — State officials are investigating after Westminster police shot and killed an armed car theft suspect. The Denver Post reports that the shooting occurred Wednesday after a man linked to a stolen vehicle fired at officers. Westminster police shot back, killing the suspect. Investigators say the man was pronounced dead at the scene. One officer sustained minor injuries. The shooting is being reviewed by the 17th Judicial District Critical Incident Investigations ...

Man found in Ouray County ditch died of exposure

By The AP

MONTROSE — Officials say a missing man found dead in an Ouray County ditch died of exposure. The Montrose Daily Press reports that Coroner Colleen Hollenbeck says Darryl Hemphill’s manner of death has been ruled accidental. The 50-year-old had been found in 2 to 4 inches of water in March. Relatives had contacted authorities to check on Hemphill’s welfare on March 12. He was discovered days later by passers-by in an area where rain had collected and formed a swampy ...

Mental exam focus of hearing in Colorado clinic shooting

By The AP

COLORADO SPRINGS — The man who acknowledges killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic will return to court for a discussion of his mental health. Thursday’s hearing will focus on whether 57-year-old Robert Dear is competent to continue with his criminal case. A doctor who conducted Dear’s competency exam and a police detective could testify. A judge ordered Dear’s mental evaluation after he announced he wanted to fire his public defenders and ...

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