The Alabama man who died in a head-on collision Monday night on Colorado Highway 13 has been identified. Colorado State Patrol says 63-year-old William Walker from Trinity, Alabama, crossed the center line and hit a semi truck. State Patrol says alcohol looks to be a factor in the crash. The two people in the semi were wearing their seatbelts, and weren’t hurt.
An Alabama man died Monday night in an accident on Highway 13, north of Craig. Colorado State Patrol says a 63-year-old man from Alabama was headed south in his 1988 GMC pickup truck when he crossed into the northbound lane, and hit a 2016 Kenworth Semi. The Alabama man died at the scene. The driver and passenger in the semi are from Houston and they weren’t hurt. Alcohol is being investigated as a factor in the fatal accident. Continue reading
Police want to find someone who purchased more than $3000 in gift cards at the Walmart in Craig and in Steamboat, using stolen credit cards. It happened Monday morning, when some keys were stolen out of an unlocked locker at the Old Town Hot Springs in Steamboat. The person who took the keys found the car in the parking lot, opened it up and stole the credit cards. That’s when they went to the two Walmarts. Steamboat Police Sergeant Jeff Wilson says a photo has gone out to law enforcement agencies and local media to try to find out who did it.
The Walmart in Steamboat wouldn’t comment but says they do try to question people when buying multiple gift cards. Steamboat Police also want to remind everyone to never leave anything of value in an unlocked locker. Keys have been taken out of lockers before at Old Town Hot Springs, and then valuables were taken from cars in the parking lot, using those car keys. If you think you might know who did it, call Sergeant Wilson at 970-879-1144.
High runoff is making the current in the Yampa River dangerous for people right now, and the fish are under stress as well. Many are spawning, including rainbow trout. The water is murky, too, which means it is harder for fish to find food. The best place to fish right now are the Stagecoach tail waters. Or out of town, it would be the Green River in Utah, or the White River in Meeker. There’s also Green Mountain Reservoir, Grand Lake, Lake Granby, and Flaming Gorge.
A woman who worked at Walmart in Craig is without a job. Police say 48-year-old Michelle Dawn Moore gave a marijuana-laced cookie to a 19-year-old fellow employee. The girl who got the cookie didn’t know it had marijuana in it and she got very sick. Moore was arrested and will be in court May 14.
A gift card scam is happening in the Craig area. Some local residents have been targeted. Craig Police say the victim gets a FedEx package with a check, usually for over $1,000. It says they’ve been asked to participate in a survey. Then they are asked to deposit the check in their bank account and go buy some Apple gift cards at local retailers. They’re then asked to call a number on the letter and provide the gift card numbers. It’s all a scam, because the check is not good. The Jail Report in Steamboat reported this week that someone claiming to be with the Social Security Administration convinced a resident to buy $500 in fraudulent gift cards. Police want to remind you to never give personal finance information over the phone, in a text, or email. Watch out for unsolicited calls or checks. If you think it’s too good to be true, it probably is a scam. If you’re suspicious, call the police.
Two residents of Oak Creek have been arrested for suspicion of providing a teen with some marijuana laced with meth. 34-year-old Charles Chandler faces two felony charges, as does 33-year-old Amber Chandler who also faces a felony charge of unlawfully transferring a controlled substance. Both were also charged with misdemeanor child abuse. The incident involves a teenager who attends Soroco High School. Bond has been set, and both were in the Routt County Jail.
New members of Craig City Council will be sworn in tonight. Paul James, Steven Mazzuca, and Brian MacKenzie are the newly elected councilors. Jarrod Ogden is Craig’s new mayor. The meeting is at 6:30 tonight, at Council Chambers on 4th Street. Also on tonight’s agenda will be a presentation on Human Trafficking Awareness Month, permit requests for groups at Grand Old West Days and the Moffat County Fair, and some city maintenance business.
New Creation Church in Craig had their Easter Egg hunt Sunday. It’s the seventh year for the event. Kids found 26,000 plastic eggs on the lawn of the church in Craig. And there were prizes, from McDonalds and Wendy’s. And Walmart donated some bikes.
Moffat County High School Principal Kyle York is resigning at the end of the school year. He’s been the principal for two years in Craig. He and his family plan to move back to Colorado Springs for a new business venture, plus he’ll be a school administrator there as well. The search has started for a new principal at Moffat County High School. On Sunday, April 28, there will be a meet-and-greet so members of the community can meet the candidates who want to be the next principal at the high school.
A Craig man is accused of leaving the scene of an accident after hitting a friend with a pickup truck earlier this month, near the Sandrocks. 31-year-old Aaron Dushane Kawcak was charged this week with a felonies for leaving the scene of an accident and vehicular assault, as well as reckless driving. He turned himself in on Tuesday, and was released on $5,000 bond. Kawcak’s next court date is April 30.
A man from Vernal, Utah, was arrested in Dinosaur, after allegedly stealing a motorcycle from Vernal. It was spotted in Dinosaur. Police then saw it on Plateosaurus Place. They approached 43-year-old Ricky Lee DeGeorge who said it was his, but it was the one that was stolen. Degeorge was arrested and posted bond. Then he was supposed to be in court Tuesday, but he didn’t show up. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of DeGeorge for failing to appear.