NEWS: Monday March 1, 2010

Mar 1st @ 12:19 pm in News by Scott Staley

TRAFFIC ALERT:: Highway 50 is shut down due to the accident. Motorists are asked to use Highway 92 as an alternate route (12:15p) Highway 50 3-vehicle head-on collision, possibly involving a semi-truck, at Miami Road (milemarker 97). CDOT was called to the scene to dump sand on about 40 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the roadway. No word on the condition of the occupants. Be aware of slow or stopped traffic!
(Posted 11:18a)

A judge has ruled that the remains of a Colorado Springs woman can be frozen despite protests from the woman’s daughter. The Colorado Springs Gazette says a magistrate in El Paso County Probate Court ruled today that 71-year-old Mary Robbins’ final will directs her body go to Arizona-based Alcor Life Extension Foundation to freeze her head in the hopes that future technology will be able to revive her. Robbins signed the will in 2006, but her daughter Darlene Robbins says her mother changed her mind shortly before she died of cancer on Feb. 9. The daughter has 72 hours to appeal. Mary Robbins’ body remains packed in dry ice in a Colorado Springs funeral home pending the outcome of the legal battle.
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette (Posted 12:53p)

Garfield County residents can sleep well at night knowing they now have the option of keeping personal tabs on inmates in their local jail facility as well as those throughout the nation. Sheriff Lou Vallario is pleased to announce that beginning March 1, 2010, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will officially begin using VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) to notify crime victims of any change in their offender’s status (e.g. bonding, facility transfer, etc.). Funded by the County Sheriffs of Colorado association, VINE gives crime victims and other concerned citizens access to timely and reliable information about the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day via telephone, e-mail or through the Internet.

The VINE network is currently active in more than 2,300 communities nationwide, and its benefits are many. Registered recipients have free, around-the-clock, anonymous access to offender information and are quickly notified of any status change. The system saves taxpayers money by eliminating the need for law enforcement to manually notify victims, and it allows victims and other recipients the option of changing their registered contact information or adding updates such as a new phone number.

Notifications are not just limited to victims, but now neighbors and any other concerned parties can receive this helpful information on a particular criminal or host of individuals. These automated notifications can be delivered in either English or Spanish, and the service will keep trying to reach intended recipients every half hour until successful contact is made or a full 48 hours has expired. After 48 hours, the system will attempt contact once every two hours until it successfully reaches the designated recipient.

Since your Sheriff’s Office views VINE as a key public awareness tool, its Victim Response Team will be providing detailed registration instructions to anyone affected by an incident that falls under the Victim’s Right Act. Any citizen of Garfield County is welcome to register for this service by either calling the toll-free number 1-888-263-8463 or visiting www.vinelink.com and following the online directions. Please visit the VINE website for additional information and to view the VINE demo and related testimonials.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 12:42p)