A Craig Man has entered a not guilty plea. 53-year-old Rick Barnes is accused of sexual assault. He has requested a 12-member jury trial in 14th Judicial District Court. The five-day trial was approved by Chief Judge Michael O’Hara III and will start May 4. Barnes had received a plea deal from prosecutors but instead opted to try his case in front of a jury.
Craig Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault at Moffat County High School. The Craig Press reports that the alleged assault was filed to the police department by the school district on Dec. 3 of last year. Moffat County School District Superintendent Dave Ulrich says the matter is under investigation. Captain Bill Leonard with Craig Police says there is a suspect but no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed. The alleged sexual assault happened in the east stairwell of the school, where there aren’t any cameras. The student who made the allegations came forward to report. There is a confidential Safe-2-Tell hotline to call for those who might be in that situation. It’s 877-542-7233.
The Steamboat Springs School District is addressing allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct at Steamboat Springs High School. Superintendent Brad Meeks told the School Board Monday night that they are sending out a Request for Proposal for an independent investigation. Seven firms have received copies of the RFP. Those proposals will then be shared with Lisel Petis of Advocates of Routt County and Steamboat Police Chief Cory Christensen. Meeks hopes to have a decision on which investigative firm to hire by the board meeting on Jan. 27.
Authorities in Garfield County are saying that an armed robbery in a West Glenwood grocery store may be linked to an officer-involved shooting that shut down I-70 near New Castle for several hours Saturday. One person died. An inter-agency Critical Incident Team is investigating the incident for the 9th Judicial District. Anyone with information is asked to call 970-625-8095.
From Wyoming… There was a fatal crash on I-80 Saturday, east of Wamsutter, Wyoming. The driver of a Ford F-150 lost control and rolled on an icy road. Both driver and passenger were wearing seatbelts. The passenger of the truck, 60-year-old Henry J. House from Apple Valley, California died due to injuries from the crash. Speed is being investigated as a possible factor. This is the second fatality on Wyoming’s roadways so far in 2020.
Wyoming Highway Patrol were involved in a high-speed chase on I-25, but it ended safely in Platte County. A Boulder man had been stopped for speeding. Turns out his license was suspended and there was a warrant for his arrest out of Colorado. He took off, but police found 47-year-old Ian Hadaway’s truck stuck in a muddy creek bed. He has been booked and charged.
The founder of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival was invited to China to speak about the popular event, held every fall. Nancy Merrill was a keynote speaker at the first International Poyong Lake Birdwatching Week. She spoke about the crane festival which is held in Steamboat and Hayden each year, and how it works to help educate people about the importance of conserving cranes. The Yampa Valley Crane Festival is in its ninth year.
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