NEWS: Wed. Aug. 18, 2010

Aug 18th @ 5:44 pm in News by Scott Staley

A Clifton man is charged with more than a dozen crimes for allegedly robbing two local drug stores. KREX reports this afternoon that Joel David Crawford has been accused of holding up pharmacy employees at gunpoint and escaping with stolen prescription drugs.  Crawford was arrested last week by Grand Junction Police as part of a joint investigation with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. He is suspected of robbing the Walgreens on 32 Road back in January. Authorities also say he robbed the Rite Aid on F Road in late March.  He appeared in court earlier today where he was charged with 14 counts, including aggravated robbery with a real or simulated weapon and kidnapping.  He’s being held ona $200 thousand bond and will be back in court next week….
Source: KREX (Posted 5:26p by Jim Kapp)

With the start of school right around the corner, the Montrose School District already facing some dire budget issues. $18 million worth.  KJCT explains that in November 3 ballot initiatives could force the district to cut 400 out of 750 contracted workers.  These cuts would ultimately affect every department in every school.  These cuts would also mean that  fewer than 40 teachers will have to teach more than 6,000 students.  The school district explains if voters say yes $18 million worth of cuts will happen. If you vote no, the district will continue to work with state legislature to come up with solutions to fund our public schools..
Source: KJCT (Posted 5:32p by Jim Kapp)

Apparently the supposed attempted kidnapping of a young girl outside the Canyon View Vineyard Church never happened. NBC 11 News has learned that the Grand Junction police say the kidnapping report was a false one.  Spokeswoman Kate Porras says the incident which was reported did not occur.  After further investigation it was revealed this was a fabrication and never took place.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:34p by Jim Kapp)