Justin Folley’s trial is over. The former Moffat County High School teacher and coach has been found not guilty on all counts, stemming from 10 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child. The jury took about 2 ½ hours to reach its unanimous verdict.
The trial of Moffat County teacher Justin Folley continues today, but is expected to wrap up sometime today. Folley is accused of eliciting three nude pictures from a student during an exchange of sexual text messages, and sending her an inappropriate video of himself. The prosecution has rested its case. Two more potential witnesses are expected to testify for the defense today, before the trial ends.
Opening statements got underway Thursday in the trial of Justin Folley. The formerteacher and coach at Moffat County High School is charged with 10 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Six men and eight women will sit on the jury, out of more than 200 prospective jurors who arrived for jury selection this week. The trial is expected to continue through Tuesday.
The man who caused part of I-70 and U.S. Highway 6 near Rifle to be closed for more than three hours Tuesday, has been charged. 38-year-old Justin Lopez Madrid is charged with a list of felonies and misdemeanors, including attempted murder, second-degree assault, and tampering with evidence. Madrid is being held at the Garfield County Jail.
Part of I-70 and U.S. Highway 6 were closed Tuesday, near Rifle. Garfield County Sheriff’s officers were trying to catch a suspect who was on the hillside in the area, after a possible stabbing incident. They did eventually catch him Tuesday afternoon. No one was hurt. The investigation as to what started the incident is ongoing.
The school board in Moffat County needs two new board members. Vice President Lee Atkin is stepping down to focus on his family. JoBeth Tupa will replace Atkin as Vice president. Another at-large seat has been open since November of 2016. Find out more about running for the school board at www.MoffatSD.org Candidates will be interviewed Jan. 24.
Also at last week’s meeting, the a cappella choir from Moffat County High School sang.
A pilot has been seen flying a small, single engine aircraft over a large herd of elk on private property. It happened on Moffat County Road 18, north of Craig. Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to know who did it. Using aircraft to harass wildlife, or to help with hunting is a violation of Colorado’s wildlife laws and the federal Airborne Hunting Act. More details are on the KRAI Facebook page. Contact Operation Game Thief if you know who might have done this, or call wildlife officer Evan Jones at 970-878-6090.
A high-speed chase Thursday morning ended just past Kremmling. It started very early with a box truck stolen from Alpine Lumber in Steamboat, and then seen headed out of town. It was spotted near the foot of the pass, on the road headed to Walden. Items in the truck were being transferred to a Subaru. Colorado State Patrol was involved and spotted the car, and that’s when the high-speed chase started, running 23 miles, all the way through Kremmling. Ray Jennings with the Grand County Office of Emergency Management, said stop sticks were used.
Law enforcement used a drone and K9s to find the second suspect, who was found in the water hiding under the banks of the Colorado River. The men arrested are 29-year-old Kyle Hallaran of Johnstown and 28-year-old Justin Davis of Loveland. Jeff Wilson with Steamboat Police says ten agencies worked together to make it happen.
Both men are in the Grand County Jail in Hot Sulphur Springs, pending charges from Grand and Routt Counties.
A 24-year-old Routt County man was killed Saturday in a snowmobile accident. Hayden Savage died when the snowmobile he was riding veered off Routt County Road 16, near Stagecoach Reservoir. Savage was very involved with building mountain bike trails in the area, with Routt County Riders.
Nonprofits in Moffat County will rally on the courthouse lawn in Craig Thursday. It’s to bring attention to Yampa Valley Gives Day, which is the local effort supporting Colorado Gives Day which is next week. Moffat County Commissioners will be represented, as will members of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. The rally starts at 10 tomorrow morning on the front lawn of the courthouse at 221 W. Victory Way.
A car went off the road and slammed into the gas pumps at the Maybell General Store in the town of Maybell Sunday night. Colorado State Patrol says 46-year-old Richard Burkhardt was the only one in the car, and he wasn’t hurt, and no drugs or alcohol was involved . Store owner Mary Schminkey says he was on his way to the Bay Area.
And he also took out her gas pumps, which will take four weeks to replace.
The Maybell General Store will stay open but without gas for at least a month. The nearest gas station from Maybell is in Craig which is 30 miles away, Meeker is 42 miles away, and Dinosaur is 57 miles away.
A car hit a pedestrian at about 1:45 in the morning Sunday. Craig Police want to know who did it. The person was dragged for a few blocks and then had to be taken to the hospital. A picture of the white 4-wheel drive looking car that the police are looking for is on the KRAI Facebook page and website. Call Craig Police at 970-826-2360 if you have any idea who might be involved.