A five-year-old girl from Rifle has died, after drinking water laced with meth. Three people were arrested after the death of Sophie Larson. One was her mother, 26-year-old Stephanie Alvarado, her cousin Daniel Alvarado who is 27, and her friend Bertha Ceballos-Romo. Charges are child abuse resulting in death which is a class 2 felony punishable by eight to 24 years in prison. The Glenwood Post Independent reports they think the little girl was given water from a methamphetamine bong. When they realized what had happened, they searched Google for remedies. The mother then said while they were trying to figure it out, she went outside to smoke a cigarette that had meth in it. The doctor who examined Sophie told the Garfield County Coroner that she had a “very very high number” of methamphetamine in her blood and that is why she died.
The Police Chief of Kremmling is facing 15 charges that have to do with allegations that he mishandled in animal abuse case in October. The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s office is charging Jamie Lucas with four counts each of first degree official misconduct, second degree official misconduct and official oppression, and three counts of false reporting to authorities. The town of Kremmling placed Lucas on paid administrative leave on Dec. 20. Lucas says he is being targeted by the DA.
The mayor of Hayden has announced he is running for Routt County Commissioner in the 2020 election. Tim Redmond announced his campaign last week, in front of the Hayden Town Hall. Redmond will run for the District 2 seat, which is currently held by Commissioner Doug Monger.
Maddie Coutts has been chosen as the Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado. She’ll represent Northwest Colorado at the state event next month in Denver. Maddie won the competition between six Craig and Steamboat Springs teenagers, representing the local branches of the youth organization. The Craig Press reports that Maddie received a check for $3,000. She plans to attend Montana State. An anonymous donor also gave each runner-up a $2,000 scholarship as well.
Work continues on the buildings affected by a fire in early December, in the roof of the Steamboat Smokehouse. That’s between 9th and 10th on Lincoln Ave. The fire inside the ceiling caused smoke and soot damage to the restaurant, and also to the VFW building next door, and the Steamboat Shoe Market on the other side. Linda Petet owns the shoe store with her husband.
Petet says the last two months have been a huge amount of work, with over 5,000 pair of shoes affected with smoke damage. She has set up a temporary spot to sell the smoky shoes at reduced prices in downtown Hayden through the end of the month.
The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners meets tomorrow morning. The Department of Human Services will present their quarterly report. The Finance Department will make a bid recommendation for Financial Government Software. A list of documents will be approved and signed. The meeting starts at 8:30 tomorrow morning at the offices on Victory Way.
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