More charges for suspect
A Wyoming man who was arrested earlier this week in connection with burglarizing a Palisade home was arrested on additional charges that he burglarized and vandalized the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Center on Colorado Highway 141.
Kevin James Tate, 44, of Riverton, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespassing of an enclosed area, according to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
According to an arrest affidavit, deputies found a motorcycle and items stolen from the Palisade home at the law enforcement center and the letters "KT" written in black permanent marker on items in the buildings and around the campus, similar to the markings found in the Palisade home.
According to the Grand Junction Police Department:
■ Lisa Miller, 33, was cited on suspicion of theft on Tuesday.
■ Sheldon Peterson and Malachi Fowler, both 18, and three other juveniles were cited on suspicion of trespassing on Tuesday.
■ Yvonne Latigue, 58, was cited on suspicion of theft on Wednesday.
■ Jacob Whitmer, 21, was cited on suspicion of DUI on Thursday.
■ Ryan Burns, 31, was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Thursday.
■ Brian Gaston, 46, was arrested on suspicion of drug-related charges, possession of a concealed knife and a traffic violation on Thursday.
■ Eddie Himes, 59, was arrested on suspicion of drug charges and obstruction on Thursday.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office:
■ Deputies took a report of a fight at Central High School on Friday.
■ Deputies responded to a report of a person with a gunshot wound in the 200 block of Nancy Drive on Wednesday.
Felony thrown out in trooper's death
CASTLE ROCK — A judge has dismissed a felony charge against a truck driver accused of hitting and killing a Colorado State Patrol trooper on Interstate 25.
District Judge Shay Whitaker on Friday dismissed the charge of criminally negligent homicide against Noe Gamez-Ruiz after the case resulted in two mistrials. Both mistrials happened after prosecutors were accused of failing to disclose information to defense attorneys.
Whitaker says there was "a pattern of discovery violations" in the case, and defendants have the right to see the evidence against them. Gamez-Ruiz now faces only two misdemeanor charges of careless driving stemming from the crash.
Trooper Cody Donahue was standing on the shoulder of the interstate filling out a crash report when he was struck near Castle Rock south of Denver in November 2016..
Drugs found in liver of dead 7-year-old
DENVER — The body of a 7-year-old Denver boy found in a storage unit in December showed traces of cocaine and methamphetamine in his liver.
The Denver Post reports the city's medical examiner determined Caden McWilliams had ingested the drugs before his death.
The elementary school student likely had been dead since May when authorities found his body wrapped in plastic bags and encased in concrete inside an animal crate.
The medical examiner could not determine an exact cause of death but ruled it a homicide.
An autopsy found he was emaciated and weighed about 27 pounds with injuries to his head, torso and extremities resulting in a fractured skull and broken arm.
McWilliam's mother Elisha Pankey faces charges of child abuse leading to death and abuse of a corpse.
Woman hurt in fall from ski-lift chair
SNOWMASS — A 33-year-old woman was injured after falling about 17 feet off a sit-ski lift at a Colorado ski area.
An Aspen Skiing Co. statement says a lift attendant who attempted to keep the woman from falling also fell from the lift during the incident Tuesday afternoon at Snowmass Ski Area but wasn't injured.
Company spokesman Jeff Hanle says the woman, who wasn't identified, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Hanle blamed a "misload" that resulted in the woman being alone and not fully seated in the sit-ski lift, which is typically used for skiers who don't have use of their legs.
A lift attendant grabbed the woman from behind and both fell to the ground when another attendant stopped the moving chair.