NEWS: Monday August 2, 2010

Aug 2nd @ 5:46 am in News by Scott Staley

Our radio personality was remembered this past weekend in a celebration of life service at Grace Community Church.Family, friends, and those who lives were touched by a man who could bring a smile to anyone’s face filled the sanctuary Saturday July 31st. Rick Steele was pronounced dead July 1st after a two and a half week-long search for him when he was reported missing July 2nd by co-workers. The Montrose County Coroner ruled his death an accidental drowning. We would like to thank everyone who helped in the search for Rick, and for the continuing support as we deal with this tragic loss.
(Posted 5:41a)

One of three inmates who escaped from a northwest Arizona prison has been captured in Western Colorado. KJCT says that Daniel Renwick was caught early yesterday after escaping Friday night by cutting a hole through a perimeter fence. Renwick fired shots at Rifle police officers when they attempted to pull him over. No one was injured. The two other inmates remain at large.
Source: KJCT (Posted 5:41a)

Steven Clay Romero, age 38, of Grand Junction, Colorado, was sentenced Friday 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.

According to the indictment and subsequent guilty plea, in the early morning hours of December 30, 2009, a carcass of a large mixed-breed dog with a rope tied around its neck was discovered in the Colorado National Monument in Mesa County, Colorado. Evidence from surveillance photos and marks left in the snow indicated the dog had been dragged from the back of a pick-up truck. The Colorado National Monument is within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and the District of Colorado.

Earlier that evening, Romero had taken the dog alive in the back of a pick-up truck to Colorado National Monument. Romero tied a rope to the dog’s neck and dragged the dog behind the truck until the dog was dead. By doing so, Romero needlessly mutilated, tortured and killed the dog. Romero’s sister, Melissa Marie Lockhart is charged with being an accessory after the fact to aggravated animal cruelty for her attempt to cover up the dog’s murder. Her case is still pending. If convicted, Lockhart faces not more than 3 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine, or both. The charges against Lockhart are only allegations and she is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case was investigated by the National Park Service, which is a division of the Department of Interior, the Delta Police Department, the Fruita Police Department, the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Romero and Lockhart are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Heldmyer.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 5:43a)

The only Democratic candidate running for governor stopped by Palisade Sunday afternoon for a peach tour. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper stopped in Palisade as he is working the campaign trail across the state. NBC 11 News says Hickenlooper will be in Grand Junction this morning to discuss his plans for creating jobs. He’ll be at the Mountain Racing Products store on Westgate Drive at 9:00 am.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:44a)