NEWS: Friday March 19, 2010

Mar 19th @ 6:04 am in News by Scott Staley

A San Miguel man is okay after being forced to stay the night near Coyote Draw in Silveys Pocket located in Montrose County when his ATV became stuck.  Bert Sanders hiked about a half mile Wednesday before building a fire and staying the night when he couldn’t find his way out.  The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue teams originally believed Sanders was in the Disappointment Valley area. DOLA funding provided by the victim’s hunting/fishing license and ATV registration will reimburse the County for the approximate $2,500 in search helicopter bills. The 58-year-old was uninjured.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:02a)

Public’s help sought. While the Delta Police Department continues their investigation into the seven vehicle fires that occurred in the early morning hours of March 16th, they also continue to ask for the public’s help.  If you know anything about these vehicle fires, call the Delta Crime Stoppers at 874-8810. One van was on fire on Highway 92 and then a few hours later, six vehicles were ablaze at an apartment complex on Meeker Street.  No one was injured.
Source: PSA   (Posted 6:02a)

Last night Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn presented City Council with the 2009 year-end report. Chinn says that the calls for service numbers, which were down by 476 from 2008-2009, are directly related to the crime free housing program. Look below for a more complete list:

2009 YEAR-END NUMBERS:
2009—2008—% Change

REPORTED CRIME:
Homicide—1—0–100%
Robbery—6—6–0%
Assaults—141—89–58%
Sexual Assaults—48–49 — -2%
Burglary (Residence)—55—65– -15%
Burglary (Commercial)—62—57–9%
Theft (All)—85—716–19%
Motor Vehicle Theft—14—60– -77%
Criminal Mischief—34—432– -21%

CALLS FOR SERVICE:—23786—24262– -2%

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS:—744—725–3%
D.U.I (Accidents)—9—21– -57%
D.U.I. (Ofc. Obs.)—158—113–40%
Traffic Citations—1979—2367– -16%

ARRESTS:
Felony Adult—318—340– -6%
Juvenile—63—64– -2%
Misdemeanor Adult—1113—704–58%

DRUG TASK FORCE:
15 cases
43 arrests
Charged 79 felonies
22 misdemeanor arrests
Seized 5 vehicles
Seized $55,000 dollars
Seized 44 weapons as a result of drug trafficking in the 7th Judicial District

Get a full detailed list at http://www.cityofmontrose.org/Archive.aspx?AMID=&Type=&ADID=625 Click the link to download the pdf file.
(Posted 5:57a)

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet is getting more campaign help from the White House. KJCT says the Democratic senator has a fundraiser today with Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The nation’s top teacher and Bennet will then visit Denver schools and talk about education changes proposed by the White House. Duncan and attend a roundtable discussion on teacher training.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 5:56a)