NEWS: Wednesday May 26, 2010

May 26th @ 5:57 am in News by Scott Staley

The Mesa County Landfill Manager accused of stalking and harassment among other things was fired yesterday. The Daily Sentinel says the firing comes six days after Bob Edmiston turned himself in to authorties following a week-long investigation by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.  Edmiston alledgely had a years-long affair with a co-workers wife and used county equipment to track and contact the woman. He was with the County for 23 years. Edmiston is due in court this morning.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:58a)

Monday night the Olathe Board of Trustees unanimously approved to hold a mail ballot election regarding the vacant seat on the board. Ballots will be mailed out starting June 18th and must be returned to Olathe Town Hall by July 6th. There are three people currently petitioning for their names to appear on the ballot (Larry Harris, Tom Lavato, and Kim McMillion). If you’re interested in serving the Town of Olathe contact the town clerk at 323-5601. Those who take a petition out, must have signatures submitted to the town by June 4th.
(Posted 5:57a)

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force arrested two suspects for felony Distribution and Possession of Cocaine (a schedule II controlled substance). On Saturday May 22, 2010, an undercover operator for the task force purchased $300 worth of cocaine from the two suspects in the El Jebel area of Eagle County. The Sheriff’s Office then took the two men into custody.

Lorenzo Villasenor-Diaz (age 36 from Rifle, CO) was driving the vehicle that the suspects drove to El Jebel. He was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol upon his arrest. Diaz did not have a driver’s license or proper vehicle registration. He was charged with DUI and other traffic offenses, as well as the drug charges. Fake identity cards were found in Diaz’s possession and he was also charged with felony Possession of Forged Instruments. Diaz is being held in the Eagle County Detention Facility on a $50,000 bond. He is illegally in the US from Mexico and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold was placed on Diaz.

Marlon Wilfredo-Valiente (age 31 from New Castle, CO) was the passenger in the vehicle. He was charged with the drug charges above and is being held in the Eagle County Detention Facility on a $50,000 bond. Valiente is illegally in the US from Guatemala and has an ICE hold also.

Tips on illegal drug activity from concerned citizens are vital to Task Force operations. The ECSO will continue to investigate this incident. If you think you may have any information about the suspects or this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.
Source: Press Release    (Posted 5:55a)

A wildfire burning near Norwood has scorched an estimated 3,100 acres of mostly federal land. The fire started Saturday when a power line fell, and then spread from high winds. No structures are threatened and no one has been evacuated. The estimated cost of the fire at this point is $400,000. The Daily Planet says that during last night’s public meeting San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters said crews are concerned about today’s weather forecast of lower humidity and higher winds accompanied with a red flag warning.
beaver fire--TDP 052610
(Photo courtesy of Daily Planet)
Source: Daily Planet contributed to this story   (Posted 5:54a)