NEWS: Tuesday February 1, 2011

Feb 1st @ 1:17 pm in News by Scott Staley

MFPD January 2011 numbers. The Montrose Fire Protection District responded to a total of 211 calls last month. The majority of their calls were EMS followed by fire calls. So far the department has responded to 6 calls for carbon monoxide this year. Learn more about the Montrose Fire Protection District by visiting either their two locations, by calling 249-9181, or visiting their website
(Posted 12:20p)

“Prior Acts” allowed in trial. While legal precedence holds it unfair to introduce “prior acts” into a defendant’s case, Chief District Judge J. Steven Patrick ruled yesterday exactly the opposite in a Gunnison man’s murder trial. The Daily Press writes that Edward Geavanni Cox is charged with 1st Degree Murder of his baby son, Christian Wentz, last April. He is also charged with Child Abuse Resulting in Death, Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, Harassment as an Act of Domestic Violence against the child’s mother, and Misdemeanor Child Abuse.  The ruling denied Cox’s motion to have the last three counts against him tried separately from the murder and fatal child abuse charges, and allows prosecutors to present evidence of an alleged act of domestic violence against Christian’s mother, Crystal Wentz. The ruling also allows evidence regarding two alleged acts of domestic violence against Shannon Dano, the mother of Cox’s daughter. Cox’s trial is slated for June.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 12:25p)

Aetna To End Individual Policies In Colorado. One of the country’s largest insurers, Aetna, has announced it will stop selling individual health insurance policies in Colorado. The company tells the Denver Business Journal it will also terminate current policies held by state residents no later than July 31, 2012. This isn’t the first time Aetna has stopped offering plans in the state. Late last year, the Hartford, Conn.-based company announced it will also stop selling new small-group and child-only individual-market policies. Aetna will continue to sell large-group plans and dental and life products. The company says it remains competitive in selling those plans in Colorado.
Source: Denver Business Journal (Posted 12:17p)