NEWS: Tuesday February 2, 2010

Feb 2nd @ 7:04 am in News by Scott Staley

The Gunnison Police Department was advised of a fire in the 100 Blk. N. Colorado St at 5:19 AM, on Saturday, January 30, 2010. The fire was called in by a WSC Student driving past the residence. The student entered the residence after notifying the police department and assisted four of the occupants from the residence. Two officers, with the Gunnison Police Department, arriving on scene and assisted with attempting to locate  occupants. One officer was injured while attempting to locate other persons in the residence.

The Gunnison Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. The two victims were discovered in an upstairs bedroom. One firefighter was injured while extinguishing the fire. The Officer was treated and released from the Gunnison Valley Hospital with eye injuries from broken glass. The firefighter was treated and released from the Gunnison Valley Hospital after being treated for smoke inhalation.

Members of the Gunnison Fire Department, Gunnison Police Department, Gunnison Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Bureau of Investigation examined the fire scene Saturday after the building was safe to enter. No cause for the fire was determined. The investigation indicated that the fire originated on the outside porch of the residence and spread into the residence. Significant damage was caused to the northeast corner of the residence with smoke and water damage throughout the residence.

The two victims of the fire have been identified as Adam Lockard, 21 from Bethesda, Maryland. Adam lived in the residence and was a current Western State College Student and Lucille Causley, 18, from Harbor Springs, Michigan.  Lucille had been registered as a Western State student last semester and was a guest at the residence when the fire occurred. Both families were notified of the fire and deaths on January 30th.

Cause of death for both victims was determined on February 1st to be carbon monoxide poising. The investigation is continuing to determine a cause for the fire. If you know anything about this fire, call the Gunnison Police Department at 641-8200.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:03a)

A Fruita woman pleaded not guilty yesterday afternoon to allegations that she obstructed law enforcement’s investigation of a dog’s death on Colorado National Monument. The Daily Sentinel reports that Melissa Lockhart will reappear in court Thursday. She allegedly stole the “Buddy the Dog” from a truck in downtown Delta on December 29th and then allegedly told her brother to “get rid” of the animal after it had attacked a family cat at her home.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 6:02a)

The Senate passed a bill preventing recreational pot users from skirting the law to obtain medical marijuana. NBC 11 News reports that the Senate voted 34-1 yesterday to back Senate Bill 109. It would bar doctors from writing recommendations inside dispensaries that sell medical marijuana.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 6:01a)

A former Denver Broncos defensive back has pleaded guilty to killing a 51-year-old motor-scooter rider in a hit & run crash. According to the Aurora Sentinel, Billy Jenkins faces up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced on a vehicular homicide charge. Jenkins entered the plea last week in a deal with prosecutors to drop other charges. Authorities say Jenkins crashed his SUV into Tracy Gill while Gill was at a stop light in the Denver suburb of Aurora in 2008. Gill was thrown from his scooter and died at the scene. Authorities say Jenkins was drunk at the time of the crash and ran away after the accident, before returning minutes later. Jenkins’ sentencing is set for April 26. Jenkins was on the St. Louis Rams’ Super Bowl championship team in 1999 and played for the Denver Broncos in 2000-01.
Source: Aurora Sentinel (Posted 5:59a)