KRAI News for Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

Jonathan Alexzander Waugh pled guilty to crimes against his aunt, and he’ll serve 16 years in prison. The Craig Press reports that Waugh was sentenced to 16 years and three years mandatory probation. The sentences will be served consecutively to prior sentences from guilty pleas he made on assault, burglary, and arson out of Mesa County. Waugh was staying with his 70-year-old aunt, Susan Reeves. He assaulted her, and set her house on fire back in June.

Both lanes of Highway 13, near Moffat County Road 54, were closed Tuesday morning, after a head-on crash. Emergency crews had to remove the roof of a car to get the driver out, who was taken to Memorial Hospital in stable condition. The driver of the pickup truck wasn’t hurt.

A semi-truck slid off Highway 40 Monday night, near the Routt County Rifle Club west of Steamboat. It was full of butter, which ended up on the side of the road and eventually in some dumpsters after cleanup Tuesday morning. Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott says the driver was ticketed for careless driving, for driving too fast for conditions on the icy roads. No one was hurt. Local law enforcement says there were 11 crashes across Routt County on Monday, because of the snow and wind.

There is a free Basic Avalanche Clinic this Saturday, hosted by the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club with instructors from Colorado State Parks and Wildlife. Ralph Stewart is with the club.

The avalanche clinic is open to the public, but you’ll need a way to get up the mountain, such as a snowmobile. Meet at the Freeman Reservoir parking lot, which is north of Craig, at 9:30 Saturday morning. Call 970-326-8344 with questions.

The North Routt Community is remembering Sancy Shaw with purple lightbulbs outside their homes, especially in the Willow Creek area. The mother of four was killed in a car accident on I-70 on Christmas Eve. A celebration of life is at 10 o’clock this Friday morning, at the Steamboat Grand. A memorial fund for Sancy Shaw has been set up at Yampa Valley Bank.

Two new Routt County officials were sworn into office Tuesday. They are County Commissioner Beth Melton and County Treasurer Lane Iacovetto.

The Denver Broncos and a group called Shield 616 have donated some equipment to the Meeker Police Department. There are two bullet “rifle” proof vests, helmets, first aid kits and carriers to be used in case of an active shooter, barricade suspect, or high risk warrant entry.

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

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