Children’s center hits hard times

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Melissa Lytle, executive director of the Western Slope Center for Children, hopes the community can find ways to support the organization, which helps child victims of physical and sexual abuse and acts as a clearinghouse for police, prosecutors, doctors and others involved in cases..


Caseload is increasing as funding is declining

The Western Slope Center for Children has seen a large influx of child victims of physical and sexual abuse over the past four years, and a $40,000 funding cut this year from local foundations and the Mesa County Department of Human Services.

Defense in Jones case zeros in on police gaps

Defense attorneys for Lester Jones focused jurors’ attention on a long list of records that law enforcement either lost, never obtained, or obtained later than they should have during the years-long investigation into the disappearance and death of Paige Birgfeld.



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