Screaming Rifle man dies at hospital
Screaming Rifle man dies at hospital
A Rifle man died early Thursday morning after an incident in downtown Rifle.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said the death occurred after Rifle police responded to a call of a man in distress at Third Street and Railroad Avenue.
Anthony Green was screaming when police arrived and had minor facial abrasions but no apparent major injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said. He then became nonresponsive, and an ambulance was called and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was begun. Green was taken to Grand River Hospital in Rifle and was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.
The Garfield County Coroner’s Office said the cause of death is still under investigation. Rifle police Lt. J.R. Boulton said he had no information to provide on the incident other than what was in the sheriff’s news release.
Trial under way for dog owner
MONTROSE — A trial has begun for a U.S. Army veteran over whether his service dog is a vicious animal.
A municipal judge in Montrose had fined Jeremiah Aguilar for having a vicious dog after his service animal, Dutch, bit its former owner in 2012 as she tried to break up a fight between Dutch and another dog.
Aguilar appealed to county court. He contends Dutch was provoked before biting the woman. Dutch initially was ordered to be destroyed, but the order was stayed.
A jury of three women heard opening arguments Thursday in county court on Aguilar’s case. Jurors will decide whether the dog was vicious and whether it was properly contained by its owner. They won’t decide Dutch’s fate.
20 become citizens at national park
ESTES PARK — Twenty people are new U.S. citizens after a naturalization ceremony in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The new citizens, who come from eight different countries, took their oath of allegiance at the Moraine Park Campground Amphitheater on Thursday afternoon. Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado was among those attending the ceremony.
Rocky Mountain National Park has been hosting a naturalization ceremony once a year since 2008.
Will Moffat County be part of Wyoming?
CRAIG — Moffat County could be moving toward secession from Colorado under the 51st State Initiative because of concerns they are being ignored.
Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid announced his intention Tuesday to write the ballot language that would ask local voters on the Western Slope whether they want to join the secession movement that has gained momentum on the Front Range.
Kinkaid said Moffat County could either join up with the 51st state proposed for the Front Range or maybe become part of Wyoming. Officials in Wyoming were not amused.
“The country and our state face many significant challenges at this time. This discussion does not move us forward,” said Renny MacKay, spokesman for Gov. Matt Mead.
Woman, son stabbed on greenbelt trail
WHEAT RIDGE — Police are looking for a man who stabbed a woman and her son as they were walking on a greenbelt trail in suburban Denver.
The stabbing happened Thursday morning in Wheat Ridge.
The woman told police that they were walking along the Clear Creek trail when a man jumped out of the bushes, chased them and stabbed them with a knife before fleeing. A couple who came upon the injured mother and child called 911. Their wounds weren’t life-threatening.
Police say the victim has identified 44-year-old Marvin Gean Wilson as the suspect. Wilson’s criminal record includes a guilty plea in 2005 to failing to register as a sex offender.
Rep. Polis embroiled in fracking dispute
DENVER — A Colorado congressman who complained about a fracking rig next to his vacation property says he got no preferential treatment from state regulators who fined the drilling company.
In fact, Democratic Rep. Jared Polis says the $26,000 fine for improper drilling near his northern Colorado land wasn’t steep enough.
Polis discovered the drilling activity last month. He filed a lawsuit to stop it. Then he withdrew the suit and instead filed a complaint with the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, saying the drilling was too close to his land.