KRAI News for Wednesday, July 31, 2019


A man is in the Routt County Jail after a high-speed chase that started in Hayden Saturday night. 34-year-old Levi Schwingdorf faces nine criminal charges. The incident happened when reports came in of shots fired in Hayden, and then a car that might have been involved headed towards Craig on Highway 40. A Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer is the one who started chasing the car, which was reaching speeds of 99 miles per hour. The car turned onto Moffat County Road 29. It kept speeding until it hit a deer. That’s when the wildlife officer was able to get Schwingdorf into custody until Colorado State Patrol officers could arrive. In the car, they found a machete, two meth pipes, a gun, ammunition, and several tools used to steal cars. Court filings show Schwingdorf lives in Grand Junction but also has criminal trials pending in Routt and Moffat Counties.

A man was airlifted to a hospital on the Front Range Tuesday afternoon, after rolling his vehicle several times on Rabbit Ears Pass. The man’s name hasn’t been released but the Steamboat Pilot is reporting his injuries were serious. Officials say the man was ejected from his vehicle and pinned underneath. Bystanders were able to get the man free. Firefighters got there and started life support. Because of his injuries, a medical helicopter was called in and landed on Highway 40, which was closed for about an hour.

Emergency responders were called to the border of Grand and Summit Counties Tuesday afternoon when a motorcycle rider on the trail had an accident and hurt his leg. He was found and taken to the hospital in Grand County.

The Hampton Inn & Suites in Craig will be renamed the Craig Hotel, until it can be relicensed. Piyush Patel is part owner, and is buying out the other two owners of the hotel. That means Hilton has to relicense the property. Hilton is Hampton’s parent company. It should be a couple of weeks. The hotel will continue operating as usual.

The Western Music Cowboy Poetry Show is coming back. It’s Aug. 24 at the Luttrell Barn Cultural Center. Find out more at 970-326-8346.

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

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