A grand jury will consider possible criminal charges against a Colorado State Patrol trooper who fatally shot a man in July. District Attorney Pete Hautzinger reviewed all the information in the case including details from the critical incident team investigation and felt that a grand jury would be the right direction to go in this case. Hautzinger made his decision in a letter provided this morning to State Patrol Major Barry Bratt. Hautzinger received reports in the case in late August, just over five weeks after 31-year-old Jason Alan Kemp was shot and killed in what the State Patrol called an “exchange” between Kemp and a trooper at a Redlands home. Hautzinger declined to identify the troopers involved, all of whom remain on paid administrative leave, and declined to answer questions about investigators’ conclusions on what happened in the incident.
Source: News Release (Posted 3:12p by Jim Kapp)
Grand Junction Police are investigating a break-in at a local business. NBC 11 News has learned that officers found the glass door at Smoker Friendly on North Ave shattered and many items inside were scattered around. One witness was reported as saying that an herb that is sold as incense was stolen and thought it is advertised as not for human consumption, but some people smoke it to get high. At this time police say they have no suspect information and are asking anyone with information on the crime to call Crime Stoppers at 241–STOP.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 3:15p by Jim Kapp)
With little legislative time left in the current Senate session, Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, is calling on the Senate to take up and pass a bipartisan bill that promotes energy efficiency and is expected to create jobs in Colorado’s rural communities. The Rural Energy Savings Program Act is hoping to intice new investments in energy efficiency by providing rural electric cooperative customers access to low-interest loans through the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service.
Source: Press Release (Posted 3:16p by Jim Kapp)