7th Judicial District Attorney submits DNA. The first person to submit a DNA sample under a new state law in Montrose County was the county’s district attorney. Myrl Serra was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sexual contact, a felony, on September 30th. That’s the day Colorado’s Katie’s Law took effect, requiring all people arrested on suspicion of a felony to submit a DNA sample. Sheriff Rick Dunlap told the Montrose Daily Press that Serra was the first person comply with the law. Under the law, if no felony charges are filed, DNA samples are destroyed after a year. Details in the case have been sealed. Previous court records show that a woman who said she had dated Serra asked for two restraining orders against him but both were denied.
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The Montrose Fire Protection District (Station #2) responded to one fire with five exposures yesterday afternoon. The fire department was assisted by the Log Hill Hill Fire Department as the fire was at 36091 S. Highway 550 in Colona. Owner Glenn Jones Sr. started a fire in a burn barrel to burn some trash. He went to prepare some saw wood and came back to retrieve an item and saw that bales of hay were on fire, and that due to high winds, it quickly spread to nearby vehicles. He tried to stop the fire(s) with a garden hose. The main fire was 100-foot x 50-foot pile of hay, fully involved ($20,000 dollar loss). Exposure 1 was a a construction vehicle on site ($10,000 dollar loss). Exposure 2 was a dump truck (dollar loss unknown). Exposure 3 was another dump truck ($2,000 dollar loss). Exposure 4 was a trailer ($1,000 dollar loss), and exposure 5 was another trailer ($500 dollar loss). Entire fire loss was $33,500. One firefighter received a minor injury but was transported to the hospital for evaluation. He was treated and released.