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DA drops case against Grand Junction great-grandmother

By Paul Shockley

Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger on Wednesday declined to prosecute a 72-year-old woman who was arrested in January and accused of briefly abducting her great-grandson. Rosa Mae Welker, of Grand Junction, laughed aloud with ...

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The wrong change, says group: Dollar store a bad fit for Palisade

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Erin Stephens-Marner’s life has taken her to both coasts of the United States, with time spent in Alaska, California and West Virginia. But when it came to deciding where she wanted to raise her three children, the 40-year-old returned ...

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Luggage harness wins engineering prize

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A simple creation earned six Hotchkiss High School students a national prize and allowed a team member’s father to travel easier while using crutches. The six members of teacher Richard Hypio’s physics class worked since the ...

Boy alleges 873 sexual assaults by Delta man

By Paul Shockley

A boy told a Delta Police Department investigator he was sexually assaulted 873 times, over the course of at least four years, by a man he once lived with. Jeffrey L. Bigham, 47, of Delta, is expected to appear today in a Delta courtroom for ...

Trial set in shooting sparked by rural quarrel of 2 men

By William Woody

MONTROSE — A Montrose District Court judge on Tuesday scheduled an Aug. 26 trial for Delta resident John Wool, accused of shooting Patricia Johnson with a shotgun last November. Wool, 52, entered a plea of not guilty during his ...

New York firm planning suits over GarCo drilling

By Dennis Webb

A New York City law firm that is active elsewhere in litigation regarding the effects of oil and gas development on communities plans to sue on behalf of one Garfield County family within a few weeks and to file several other local lawsuits ...

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Cops end search for fugitive

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Law enforcement officials Tuesday afternoon called off a multi-agency search for a fugitive they say was involved in a car theft and armed carjacking in Fruita the day before. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department pulled back members of ...

House advances bill to kill vehicle late fee

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado motorists no longer would have to pay a fee for late renewal of their license plates under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado House on Tuesday. The measure, introduced by Western Slope Rep. Randy ...

Anger as arraignment delayed in child’s death

By William Woody

MONTROSE — Family members of Hailey Rocha expressed anger Tuesday after a judge continued to late March the arraignment hearing for Daniel Ryan, who is accused of killing Hailey. Ryan is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse ...


No bond for man accused of killing wife

By Dennis Webb

A suspect finally in Garfield County to face a murder charge in the 1997 death of his wife will remain in jail for the time being under a no-bond hold. Marcus Bebb-Jones, 47, made his first local court appearance Tuesday afternoon after being ...

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