The driver of the SUV that rolled through a house in Grand Junction has since been arrested. NBC 11 News says John Flynn was speeding and lost control of his vehicle causing him to crash into a house of four. No one inside the home was injured. The 27-year-old is being charged with DUI, reckless driving, and driving as a habitual offender with eight restraints on his record.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 6:28a)
The lenders that some call “predatory” may have to look for prey in another state starting next month. That’s according to one of the leaders of a statewide coalition that helped convince lawmakers to reform Colorado’s payday lending laws. Corrine Fowler is co-chair of Coloradans for Payday Lending Reform. She says the new laws will keep people out of the payday loan debt cycle because the loans will no longer come due after just two weeks, but instead will have a six-month minimum term. Currently, payday loan borrowers can end up paying as much as 500% in APR interest and fees on a loan. When the law takes effect on August 11th, interest rates will be capped at 45 percent. Fowler says as part of a compromise in the bill, lenders can charge origination and monthly fees, but overall, she anticipates borrowers will end up paying 63% less than they would without the reforms.
Source: Press Release (Posted 6:29a)
Authorities are laying low regarding the case of an apparent murder-suicide in Montrose. A 911 call was made Friday morning to respond to Pahgre Road south of Montrose. 84-year-old Jeanne Mennell and 61-year-old Mark Koeman were both found dead on scene. Sources say the two were in-laws. The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on this case.
Source: Press Release (Posted 5:47a)
A 27-year-old man died after slipping and falling in a popular swimming hole in Mesa County known as the Potholes on Glade Park. Officials tell KJCT that the man was swimming with friends when he slipped as he was climbing out, falling about 40 feet. It’s possible alcohol was a factor in his death. Signs are posted all through the area warning people to not swim or jump in that area. It’s the second death in the Potholes this summer.
Source: KJCT (Posted 5:47a)
Four people were hospitalized yesterday after a car lost control on I-70 near Fruita causing a four-vehicle accident that closed the westbound lanes for nearly 2 hours. According to the Daily Sentinel, a sedan bearing California license plates, driven by a 20-something year old man, passed a vehicle on the right and then hit a semi several times before losing control. A van attempting to miss the out-of-control sedan collided with a second semi. No word on the extent of anyone’s injuries. Careless driving seems to be the factor of the accidents at this time.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:46a)