Power outage. Montrose residents living in Columbine East and Columbine Point Subdivisions were without power two separate times yesterday. DMEA reports that a car hit a pole at 6700 Road and Miami Road causing the first power outage just before 2:30p. Power came back on around 4::00p only to be knocked back out at 5:30p. All 182 residences had power fully restored by 7:20 last night.
Murder in Paonia. A Paonia man turned himself into Montrose police after Paonia Police found his wife dead in her home Friday afternoon. Multiple reports indicate that Nathan and Melinda Yager were in the middle of a divorce. The Delta County Coroner ruled Melinda’s death a homicide. Nathan is being held at Delta County Jail on charges of 1st Degree Murder and Domestic Violence. The two have one child together. It’s reported that this is the first homicide in Paonia since 1993.
Source: Daily Press, NBC 11 News, News Channel 5, & KJCT contributed to this story (Posted 5:59a)
MoCo courthouse changes. Tomorrow a new judge will walk into the Montrose County Courtroom as one steps down. After 10 years of service, Judge John Mitchel is stepping down to enter private practice and Assistant District Attorney Jerry Montgomery is leaving the prosecutor’s office to fill the vacancy by Mitchel. Mitchel announced his retirement last year. And more changes in the Montrose Justice system are occurring as the District Attorney himself is facing criminal charges. Last week Myrl Serra publically announced his resignation. The Daily Press reports that the man chosen to fill in for Serra while his case proceeds won’t be taking office tomorrow after all; a judge’s order appointing Dan Hotsenpiller was rescinded Friday because Serra’s resignation created a vacancy that only a governor can fill. On top of that, Montgomery’s vacancy also leaves a void in the office. As of tomorrow, Montrose County doesn’t have a DA or an Assistant DA.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 6:01a)