Three people were arrested after being pulled over on Rabbit Ears Pass, and they now face felony drug distribution charges. An arrest affidavit states that an officer with the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force followed a suspected drug dealer from Craig to a high crime area in Denver, and then followed the car back to the Steamboat Springs area. The officer called Colorado State Patrol who pulled the car over for speeding and having an illegal window tint. Murray, the drug sniffing dog, detected drugs in the car. The affidavit states suspected methamphetamine and heroin was found, with a street value of around $18,000. Those arrested and being held are Derek Ralph Kettle of Craig, John Stanley Henderson of Denver, and Hailey Celeste Allen of Denver.
Bond has been set for Jonathan Alexzander Waugh. It’s $100,000. The 36-year-old Craig man was in court to be advised of his charges, which are attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, two counts of second-degree assault, felony criminal mischief, second-degree burglary and attempted first-degree assault. The next time he’s back in court will be July 17. Waugh is in jail after an alleged attack on his aunt, Susan Reeves, who says he tried to kill her.
A wildfire Tuesday, briefly shut down Highway 13 between Meeker and Craig. It was near milepost 65, according to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Facebook page. Emergency responders from Colowyo Mine responded. The fire was burning in grass and sagebrush, and it closed the highway for about half an hour.
A body was found in the bathroom Tuesday of the Pine Grove Center Building in Steamboat Springs. It was a white male, who appeared to be sleeping in the common shower and bathroom area of the building. A call was eventually made to police about a suspicious person which is when it was discovered the man was dead. Steamboat Police Commander Jerry Stabile says police are investigating.
The family has not yet been notified so no name is being released yet.
Stage One fire restrictions go into effect in Routt County on Friday. Fire officials made the decision but Routt County Commissioners have to approve it, which they’re expected to do today. Charcoal grills can be used within the city. But no campfires or grills allowed, except in designated campgrounds, picnic areas, or developed recreation sites. Fireworks with a fuse are not allowed. And there are limitations on smoking and chainsaws. This goes for the entire Routt National Forest.
A Craig girl missing since August of 2016 has been found safe. Katrina Treacy. She is under emergency guardianship with a family in Denver right now, by order of the courts. Treacy was considered an endangered runaway by the FBI.
The Craig Press is welcoming a new reporter to the staff. David Tan is the new government and energy reporter. Tan grew up in Colorado.
Tan most recently worked at the Colby Free Press in Kansas.
The Summer Extravaganza for the Moffat County Senior Social Center is from 5-7 tomorrow evening, at the Luttrell Barn Cultural Center on Emerson Street. Food is free, and there will be live music from Cedar Mountain Strings.
The weather in Northwest Colorado today will be hot and sunny. The high is expected to be 96 degrees. Same tomorrow, and windy.
The Elkhead Reservoir Fishing Classic is underway, and it continues through this Sunday. Then there’s the 4th Annual Smallmouth Bass Tournament. That’s in Ridgway State Park, July 7-28. Colorado Parks and Wildlife sponsors both fishing tournaments. Also, the Ridgway State Park swim beach is closed because of low water, but the boat ramp is open.
Today is Colorado Bike to Work Day. Enjoy your ride to work.