NEWS: Tuesday October 5, 2010

Oct 5th @ 5:56 am in News by Scott Staley

The Montrose man accused of killing his girlfriend’s baby daughter appeared in court yesterday. Daniel Ryan was formally charged with 1st-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Ryan was originally charged with 2nd-degree murder. The Montrose County Coroner says 14-month-old Hailey Rocha died of blunt force trauma last month under the care of Ryan while her mother worked. Ryan will be back in court on November 1st.

(Posted 5:52a)

A new arrest warrant has been issued for 23-year-old Miguel Martinez, one of two men wanted in connection with a vehicular assault that resulted in two people being run over in the Carl’s Junior parking lot off of Hwy. 6&50 early Sunday morning.  Through the Grand Junction Police Department’s investigation, they now believe Miguel Martinez and his brother, 29-year-old Juan Martinez, got out of the pickup Juan was driving after they ran over one of the victims and then beat the man and stole his wallet and cell phone.  As a result the new warrant for Miguel now includes a charge of complicity for attempted 2nd- degree murder, 1st- degree assault, and aggravated robbery.

At this point in the investigation police are continuing to interview anyone who may have information about this case.  They are still trying to find the two suspects, as well as the pickup they were in.

If anyone has information about this incident they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at www.241stop.com, or text a tip to CRIMES (274637) with the word TIP729 in the message.  The identity of the person providing the information will remain anonymous.

PREVIOUSLY RELEASED ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2010
The Grand Junction Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating two men wanted in connection with an investigation into an assault that escalated to two men being run over by a pickup.  Just before 2:00 this morning, police were dispatched to the Tequila’s Bar on Hwy 6 & 50 for an assault.  When the first officer got to that area he found two men with traumatic injuries near the Carl’s Junior restaurant.  Officers also found a woman who had injuries to her face.

The investigation at this point shows 23-year-old Miguel Martinez of Grand Junction assaulted the woman and then got into a truck driven by his brother, 29-year-old Juan Martinez, also of Grand Junction.  Witnesses say the men were driving around in the area and ran over two men.  Those two victims suffered serious injuries and were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.

GJPD Detectives have obtained arrest warrants for both Miguel Martinez and Juan Martinez.  Miguel faces a 3rd-degree assault charge which is a class one misdemeanor.  Juan’s charges include 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder and 2 counts of vehicular assault.

Police are asking for anyone who may know where Juan and Miguel Martinez are, or who knows where they can find the vehicle they were in, to call 242-6707.  The pickup is a 2003 gold Dodge truck with Colorado license plate 588 TDM.

At this point police have not been able to identify one of the men who were run over.  If anyone has information about this incident they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at www.241stop.com, or text a tip to CRIMES (274637) with the word TIP729 in the message.  The identity of the person providing the information will remain anonymous.
Source: Press Release    (Posted 5:55a)

A four-year project concluded this week where nearly 15,000 cubic yards of tailings were removed from the San Miguel River’s floodplain reducing the potential for exposure to toxic metals.  The Carbonero Tailings Reclamation Project located 1/4 mile east of Ophir, Colorado, wrapped up this week, and involved reclaiming an abandoned mill tailings site with the cooperation of numerous agencies and governments.  The tailings in the Howard Fork drainage were graded, shaped to provide long-term stable slopes, and encapsulated with a waterproof cover system.  The reclamation of this site eliminates the potential exposure of humans and wildlife to toxic metals, primarily lead, and reduces the migration of heavy metals, primarily zinc, into the surrounding surface water and groundwater systems.

Norwood District Ranger Judy Schutza said “this has been a win-win project from the beginning.”  She went on to cite that, “Cooperation among everyone involved has made it a success for the river, the environment, and local residents.”

The mill tailings were deposited along the north floodplain of the Howard Fork via a wooden flume from the former historic underground mining and milling activities associated with the Carbonero Mine and North Star Mill.  The North Star Mill was initially constructed for the Carbonero Mines and Reduction Company and became operational in 1924.  Several companies leased the mines and mill for operation over the next six years.  The mill site was abandoned in 1930.  For the next 80 years, these mill tailings contributed a significant source of zinc metal loading to the Howard Fork during the annual snowmelt event and during rain storms.

The Forest Service awarded a design/build contract to Millennium Science & Engineering, Inc. for the reclamation of the mill tailings site.  Cooperators include local, State and federal entities, the Town of Ophir, Great Outdoors Colorado, and the San Miguel Conservation Foundation.
Source: Press Release    (Posted 5:55a)

This Saturday the City of Montrose is holding their annual Hazardous Waste Day from 10:00a-2:00p. In years past there was no charge, but this year minimal fees will be in place. Get details at cityofmontrose.org.
Source: PSA    (Posted 5:56a)