Guilty plea in baby’s death. A Delta man accused of killing his infant daughter in 2008 entered an Alford Plea Tuesday to a charge of child abuse causing death. Courts treat Alford Pleas as guilty pleas. Cady Beck was 5 months old when her father, Daven Beck rushed her to a Delta clinic December 22, 2008. The infant was airlifted to Denver where she died the next day from blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. The Daily Press reports that Daven is scheduled for sentencing February 25th.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 6:42a)
De Beque school district faces closure. If De Beque voters don’t pass a mill levy increase in November it’s highly likely the high school will be shut down. KJCT reports that in the past couple of years enrollment to De Beque schools has been cut in half and by one vote the mill levy was defeated last November. The school district has already been forced into major budget cuts, but says that is only a short-term solution. If the high school does shut down, students would have to attend school in either the Plateau Valley School District or the Mesa Valley School District.
Source: KJCT (Posted 6:43a)
A RED Air Quality Advisory is in effect until 3 o’clock today for the western Colorado valleys including the communities of Grand Junction, Delta, and Montrose. This means there is a restriction on wood burning in fireplaces and non-EPA approved woodstoves. A weak storm system tonight will probably not impart sufficient energy to flush smoke from the valley floors. Air quality conditions may range into the moderate category this morning. Looking to the weekend, a series of disturbances may finally break the inversion and flush out the stagnant air currently trapped in the valleys.
Advisory forecasts will be issued twice weekly and updated when necessary due to prevailing meteorological conditions for Mesa, Delta, and Montrose counties. Follow the BLUE (Ok To Burn) or RED (Do Not Burn) advisories if you heat your home with wood fuel. Coal, pellet and gas heaters are exempt as well as EPA certified low-emitting wood stoves. Compliance with RED advisories is mandatory within the city limits of Grand Junction and voluntary elsewhere in Mesa County. Compliance is voluntary in Delta and Montrose Counties.
Sexually Violent Predator notification. The Grand Junction Police Department is notifying the public of a Sexually Violent Predator that is moving back into the City. 47-year-old Carl Vincent Avery was released from the Colorado Department of Corrections and discharged from Parole this week and has moved into the Rescue Mission at 550 South Ave.
The public can watch an educational video about Sexually Violent Predators by either going to the Police Department link on the City’s website, www.gjcity.org, or by tuning in to Mesa County Cable Ch. 12 on Friday, January 14 at noon, 4 p.m., or 7 p.m, or on Saturday, January 15 at 7 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., or 7 p.m. The video will also have the details regarding Carl Avery.
This notification is being made as required by state law. The purpose of this notification is to enhance public safety and protection, however, vigilantism or harassment of the SVP will not be tolerated. Members of the public with questions about sex offenders or about SVPs can contact Lorie Sanchez at 970-244-3605.