NEWS: Thursday February 4, 2010

Feb 4th @ 8:17 am in News by Scott Staley

In order to avoid jail time a Western State College graduate has agreed to plead guilty in her role of accepting donations from a fundraiser for a condition that doesn’t exist.  The Gunnison Country Times reports that 29-year-old Tausha Marsh pleaded guilty to charitable fraud, a felony, and second-degree forgery, a misdemeanor, after friends established the Tausha Marsh Life Day Cancer Fund believing she really did have cancer.  Marsh is expected to donate $9,000 back to a charity and also pay restitution to the victims who contributed to her so-called cancer fund. She’s being sentenced April 9th.
Source: Gunnison Country Times (Posted 7:14a)

The man accused of killing his 8-year-old son in a alcohol-related car crash in Olathe last April will spend the next 10 years behind bars. According to the Daily Press, Juan Prieto-Gonzalez was handed his sentence yesterday from Judge Jeff Heron.  The 32-year-old was given the maximum sentence allowed under a plea agreement for vehicular homicide-DUI and vehicular assault-DUI after running a stop sign at 5400 Road and Highway 348 April 5th. An SUV, also coming through the intersection, was unable to avoid him. Prieto-Gonzalez’s son died immediately, and three occupants in the SUV were injured. Blood tests showed his BAC was three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 7:14a)

Telluride Town Manager Frank Bell has accepted a job in California and is slated to move at the end of next month. Bell confirmed with the Telluride Watch Tuesday that he will be the new Community Manager of The Sea Ranch, a private community located along a 10-mile stretch of Northern California’s Sonoma County Coast. Bell intends on remaining full-time with Telluride until he departs for California.  No word on his replacement at this time.
Source: Telluride Watch (Posted 7:13a)

Colorado coroners think more people may want to bury relatives at home as interest grows in so-called “green funerals.” Now coroners are asking lawmakers to require counties to track where people are being buried. In the future, they warn the corpses could trigger unnecessary investigations if they turn up. The Denver Post says green burial advocates don’t expect to see a big increase in home burials. They say it’s usually feasible only on large tracts of land. However, they do think more people will hold visitations and funerals at home. Death certificates don’t note where people are buried. But the state registrar says more families are turning in death certificates rather than leaving it to funeral homes.
Source: Denver Post/AP   (Posted 7:11a)