The local District Attorney’s office will NOT seek the death penalty for three suspects accused of murdering 26-year-old Elliott Stahl last October. The DA’s office didn’t give a reason because prosecution is pending. Three residents of Craig will stand trial on first-degree murder charges. They are William C. Ellifritz, Brooke L. Forquer, and Skyla M. Piccolo-Laabs. They face separate trials. Ellifritz pleaded not guilty during an arraignment hearing Thursday. His trial starts May 11. Forquer and Piccolo-Laabs are set to enter pleas on March 13.
A man from Kremmling has pleaded guilty to Second Degree Assault with a Deadly Weapon as an act of domestic violence. 39-year-old Nathan Craw was involved in a stabbing in June in Kremmling, but he and the victim had little to no recollection of the stabbing, even though the victim had several critical stab wounds. Craw faces a maximum of ten years. He’ll be sentenced March 12.
A pedestrian who died after being hit by a vehicle on Highway 6 near Rifle Wednesday morning has been identified. 50-year-old Robert Baumwoll had a Silt address, but authorities say he was staying with friends in the Rifle area. The driver charged with hitting Baumwold was 19-year-old Chayton Reynolds, who faces charges of vehicular homicide for allegedly driving drunk. The Post Independent says Reynolds told police he drank two beers before just before sunrise Wednesday. The accident happened around 7:20 in the morning.
Open Heart Advocates may have to close their doors on March 1. The nonprofit is running out of money. They’re applying for grants to continue. Craig City Council and the Board of County Commissioners have been approached. Open Heart Advocates serviced more than 21 percent of Moffat County residents last year, helping victims turn into survivors in areas such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and suicide.
Memorial Regional Health has announced a partnership with Steamboat Orthopaedic and Spine Institute. It means orthopaedic and spinal healthcare will be available in Moffat County, at the medical clinic at Memorial Regional Health. The medical group is based in Steamboat Springs with nine physicians. They’ll begin seeing patients in Craig at MRH starting this Monday.
Moffat County has two new Sheriff’s officers. Deputy Michael Cochran and Deputy Kelsey Morford were both sworn in Wednesday night, at the Moffat County Safety Center.
Former Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe wants to be a commissioner again. Grobe has announced he’ll run for District 2, which is a four-year term. Ray Beck is the current commissioner in that district and he has announced he isn’t running for re-election.
An anonymous donor is supporting the Moffat Road Railroad Museum in Granby. The mysterious donor is contributing $1.6 million to finish Phase 1 of the train museum. That’s getting the land ready and finishing the visitor’s center. Phase II is a 10,000-square foot railroad museum, which would need another very large donation.
The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club Poker Run is at Freeman Reservoir off Moffat County Road 11 tomorrow. Meet at the Trailhead parking lot. Registration starts at 9:30. The card stations are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s $10 per hand or three hands for $25. Prizes are donated from local businesses. Proceeds from the Poker Run tomorrow go to the local student scholarship fund.
In sports today, the Moffat County girls swim team is in Gunnison and then Delta on Saturday. The Moffat County JV and Varsity basketball teams are playing Grand Valley High School in Parachute today, and then Cedaredge tomorrow.
On Saturday, the Moffat County High School wrestling team is competing in Berthoud. The Squirts and PeeWees with Craig Youth Hockey have some home hockey games Saturday at the Moffat County Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park. They’re playing teams from Grand Junction.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.