Happy Halloween to the Moffat County community! Trick or Treat Street is tonight downtown Craig. Yampa will be blocked off between Victory Way and 6th Street for trick-or-treaters to visit local businesses. Trick or Treat Street is from 4-6 p.m. tonight, on Halloween.
The next time those three murder suspects will be in court will be next year. William Ellifritz, Brooke Forquer and Skyla Marie Piccolo-Labbs from Craig face three felonies and a misdemeanor, including murder in the first degree. The three are accusing of murdering Elliot Stahl of Steamboat. In Colorado, the maximum penalty for being found guilty of murder in the first degree is the death penalty. The minimum penalty is life in prison without parole. The next court date for the three is January 6-7 in 2020. Until then, they’re being held without bond in the Routt county Jail.
The three Craig residents arrested for the murder of 26-year-old Elliot Stahl of Steamboat have been officially charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor. 26-year-old William Ellifritz, 21-year-old Brooke Forquer, and 23-year-old Skyla Marie Piccolo-Labbs each face one count of murder in the first degree, one count of aggravated robbery, and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery. Those are all felonies. They were also charged with abuse of a corpse which is a misdemeanor. The district attorney’s office says the three defendants are accused of causing the death of Stahl and stealing money, a backpack, and prescription medications from him. It happened on Highway 40, somewhere between Mount Werner Road and Rabbit Ears Pass.
Snow and very cold temperatures will continue through Wednesday. Forecasters expect up to a foot of snow in West Routt County with 18 inches of snow in other parts of the county by Wednesday night. The snow should hit Moffat County late Monday through Tuesday. Temperatures could get down to 13 degrees in Craig so bundle up tonight. There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 6 p.m. for Moffat and Routt Counties. Snow and cold hits hard again Tuesday night, and the overnight temps could be below zero on Wednesday. Halloween should be clear but cold with a high near 30, and a low of one degree at the witching hour.
It was a long night for the Moffat County Bulldogs in Delta Thursday. KRAI’s Vladan Chase was there.
Craig is getting a new medical marijuana shop at the old Silver Building on West Victory Way. The Craig Press reports that council approved the new medical dispensary at their meeting Tuesday. The company is called Tumbleweed Craig LLC. The owners of the Tumbleweed Dispensary also have shops in other Western Slope towns, including Parachute. Mark Smith says he expects about $4.6 million in sales, which could mean an extra $200,000 to the city of Craig, if voters say yes to the city’s marijuana ballot question. Either way, they plan to have a store in Craig. They also plan to have a year-long food drive, and give two scholarships to students at Moffat County High School.
A homeowner in Craig was surprised over the weekend, when she came home and found two naked men in her home. One was a juvenile who said he had come to the house the night before for a party, drank some alcohol, then fell asleep. He woke up to the homeowner screaming at him. The other man was 27-year-old Martin Adren Calzadillas who told police he was married to the homeowner and could come over whenever he wants. The homeowner had a different story. Calzadillas was arrested and issued a $5,000 bond which he paid. He’s back in court on Nov. 5.
The three suspects in the Routt County Jail, charged with first degree murder, are staying in jail for now. 14th Judicial District Judge Shelley Hill said at an advisement hearing Monday that they will be held without bond. Skyla Piccolo-Laabs, Brooke L. Forquer, and William C. Ellifritz participated in the hearing by video conference call. They were arrested in Craig last Saturday. They’re accused of murdering Elliot Stahl, whose body was found by a fisherman south of Yampa Monday. An arrest affidavit obtained by the Steamboat Pilot & Today says the four left a gas station in Craig to drive to Denver. But then on Rabbit Ears Pass, Ellifritz hit Stahl and then stabbed him in the neck. After the three determined he was dead, they took his body to a dirt road outside of Yampa. The three are back in court on Oct. 29.
Brooke L. Forquer, William C. Ellifritz and Skyla M. Piccolo-Labbs
Three people from Craig have been arrested on 1st degree murder charges in connection with the death of 26-year-old Elliot Stahl of Steamboat Springs. Stahl’s body was found by fishermen Monday in Routt County National Forest, outside of Yampa. Those booked into the Routt County Jail are 23-year-old Skyla M. Piccolo-Labbs, 26-year-old William C. Ellifritz, and 21-year-old Brooke L. Forquer. Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins tells the Steamboat Pilot & Today that he is confident all three were participants in Stahl’s murder but they are still gathering information. The three were arrested in Craig and taken to the Moffat County Public Safety Center before being transported to the Routt County Jail on Saturday.
Craig City Councilman Brian MacKenzie has officially resigned, after being arrested on three child-sex related felonies in Jefferson County. Two other councilmen confirmed the Letter of Resignation from MacKenzie. Council is moving forward to appoint his replacement.
Craig officials are reacting to the arrest of a city councilman. The Craig Press reports that the City Manager said in a statement that Brian Paul MacKenzie plans to resign his position. Council will move forward with discussing how to fill MacKenzie’s seat on council, based on that fact. Councilman Paul James told the Craig Press he’s disgusted and expects MacKenzie to resign. If he doesn’t he hopes enough signatures are collected to start a recall. MacKenzie has told the Craig Press in an email that he is innocent. The City Councilman from Craig was arrested in Denver Friday, on three felonies that are sex-related. MacKenzie was caught in an undercover sting operation in Jefferson County, where a sheriff’s investigator was posing as an underage girl. MacKenzie has posted bond and will be in court Oct. 18. He was elected to council in April. His term is set to expire in 2023.
A Craig City Councilman was arrested near Denver last Friday, on three sex-related felonies. Brian Paul MacKenzie was arrested on felony charges of internet luring of a child, internet sexual exploitation of a child and criminal attempt – sexual assault on a child. That’s according to an arrest affidavit filed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The affidavit says MacKenzie was caught in an undercover sting operation on Oct. 10, where a sheriff’s investigator was posing as an underage girl. MacKenzie posted bond and has a court date on Oct. 18.