Craig City Councilman Brian MacKenzie has officially resigned, after being arrested on three child-sex related felonies in Jefferson County. Two other councilmen confirmed the Letter of Resignation from MacKenzie. Council is moving forward to appoint his replacement.
Craig officials are reacting to the arrest of a city councilman. The Craig Press reports that the City Manager said in a statement that Brian Paul MacKenzie plans to resign his position. Council will move forward with discussing how to fill MacKenzie’s seat on council, based on that fact. Councilman Paul James told the Craig Press he’s disgusted and expects MacKenzie to resign. If he doesn’t he hopes enough signatures are collected to start a recall. MacKenzie has told the Craig Press in an email that he is innocent. The City Councilman from Craig was arrested in Denver Friday, on three felonies that are sex-related. MacKenzie was caught in an undercover sting operation in Jefferson County, where a sheriff’s investigator was posing as an underage girl. MacKenzie has posted bond and will be in court Oct. 18. He was elected to council in April. His term is set to expire in 2023.
A Craig City Councilman was arrested near Denver last Friday, on three sex-related felonies. Brian Paul MacKenzie was arrested on felony charges of internet luring of a child, internet sexual exploitation of a child and criminal attempt – sexual assault on a child. That’s according to an arrest affidavit filed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The affidavit says MacKenzie was caught in an undercover sting operation on Oct. 10, where a sheriff’s investigator was posing as an underage girl. MacKenzie posted bond and has a court date on Oct. 18.
Western Colorado has been under a red flag warning. It’s the dry weather that should continue through the week. The windy weather could pick up again on Thursday which would mean another red flag warning. But there could be a snowstorm headed our way Thursday night into Friday morning, and then again on Sunday. Until then, there is still a risk of wildfires.
The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners meets for their regular meeting Tuesday. The meeting includes staff reports from Finance, Road and Bridge, and the office of Development Services. The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Wyoming Highway Patrol’s K-9 Hunter retired from service September 2019. K-9 Hunter was purchased in 2010 for narcotics detection work and paired initially with Sergeant Jeremy Beck, who is now assigned to the Safety and Training Section at Headquarters in Cheyenne as the Wyoming Highway Patrol’s Public Information Officer.
The new medical office building received an official dedication complete with cornerstone Thursday. Members of the masons from across Colorado attended to make sure the cornerstone was officially installed on the front of the new building. Andy Daniels is the Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Regional Health.
Daniels said it’s been about 19 months from the beginning to the end of the project. After the dedication, people were given tours of the new medical office building.
A Craig man has been arrested, and charged with a felony and a misdemeanor. 21-year-old Alexander Joseph Woodfield is accused of giving underage persons alcohol and marijuana in the parking lot of Ridgeview Elementary School in Craig. The Craig Press reports someone called police when they saw the suspicious vehicle at the school. Police noticed it was Woodfield, who had a warrant out for his arrest from a previous burglary case at Mather’s Bar where $800 dollars worth of quarters were stolen. Woodfield has bonded out of jail and is set to be in court Oct. 29.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife wants your help to find out who illegally killed a bull elk on the northern end of the Sand Wash Basin. KRAI’s Vladan Chase has more.
A Craig woman was arrested Saturday on a charge of felony theft. 41-year-old Janey DeAnne Blackwell was charged with taking money from one of the 4-H clubs in Moffat County, and transferring it into her personal account. A CSU Extension agent became suspicious and started investigating. An affidavit says Blackwell was at first defensive, when confronted, but then admitted the thefts, and gave back the money she had allegedly stolen. She said her business, PackCenter Shipping was struggling. Blackwell has told police no one else was involved in the alleged thefts. Blackwell has posted bond and she’ll be in court Oct. 8.
A man has been arrested for the robbery of two banks, in Craig and Rifle. 35-year-old Rudy Anthony Cardenas was arrested in the Denver Metro area, by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. A woman who was with him was also taken into custody. The investigation continues.
The new owners of the West Theater have closed on the property and renovations are underway. Dale and Andrea Camp have partnered with Amy and Victor Updike to own the theater. They’re remodeling the bathrooms, rearranging the snack bar area and adding new heating and air conditioning. The goal is to be open by Nov. 1. The Craig Press reports they hope to redo the seating, but that’s expensive and they’ll have to wait a bit until they can get that done.