‘I hate myself’ for baby’s death

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Oneal Blackwell, left, holds an enlarged photograph of Angel Place, as his daughter, Misty Blackwell, center, clutches a teddy bear. The two, along with Blackwell’s wife, Sheila, leave District Judge Richard Gurley’s courtroom Monday after the sentencing of Sydney White for the battering death of 11-month-old Angel Place in 2014. The sentencing took place in the Mesa County Justice Center in Grand Junction. Misty Blackwell had spent eight months preparing to adopt Angel.

Foster mother, 21, going to prison for three decades

A 21-year-old mother of two will spend three decades in the Colorado Department of Corrections for the death of a foster child she had hoped to adopt.
Mesa County District Judge Richard Gurley sentenced Sydney White on Monday after hearing supportive testimony pleas from White’s family and a Mesa County Department of Human Services caseworker and frustration from the angry family that had hoped to adopt 11-month-old Angel Place.
“I did a horrible thing that I am not proud of,” White told Gurley. “I hate myself for it.”
Whatever sentence Gurley might impose, “I will deserve it and I am going to make the best of it,” White said.

City buys into Pro Challenge race

Grand Junction should be taking a spin with a statewide bicycling race. People from all walks of life and local organizations have donated more than $98,000 for the city to serve as the overall host city to kick off the 2016 USA Pro Challenge race. A majority of Grand Junction city councilors on Monday night said they would support offering up to $50,000 cash and $35,000 of in-kind donations, signaling the go-ahead to local race organizers.



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