NEWS: Fri. July 30, 2010

Jul 30th @ 3:57 pm in News by Scott Staley

Steven Clay Romero, age 38, of Grand Junction, Colorado, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Philip A. Brimmer to serve the maximum sentence provided by the law, 36 months in federal prison, followed by 12 months of supervised release for aggravated animal cruelty in the dragging death of “Buddy the Dog,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the National Park Service announced. Romero, who appeared in custody, was remanded to begin serving his sentence immediately. Judge Brimmer also ordered Romero to pay a $500 fine, and $343.68 in restitution to the owners of Buddy.
Source: News Release  (Posted 3:51p by Jim Kapp)

Some Colorado medical marijuana dispensary owners convicted of certain felonies in the past 5 years won’t be able to operate their stores. KJCT reports that as part of a new law that goes into affect Monday, those with previous police records will not be able to operate a marijuana dispensary.  According to the DEA, that means many shops across the state will be closing up. DEA’s new report shows 18 percent of all dispensary owners may have to close their doors because they’re convicted felons.
Source: KJCT (Posted 3:52p by Jim Kapp)

A new report from the National Wildlife Federation catalogs a decade of oil-related accidents across the country over the past ten years, several that took place in Colorado. Author Tim Warman says the list illustrates that there are problems when it comes to production and use of petroleum products and lead to accidents more often than Coloradans may realize…
Source: Colorado News Connection  (Posted 3:55p by Jim Kapp)