NEWS: Tuesday February 8, 2011

Feb 8th @ 6:49 am in News by Scott Staley

Body found. A Palisade man who was reported missing about a month ago was found dead over the weekend, although police don’t suspect foul play. The Daily Sentinel writes that the body of David Martineau was found near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and River Road, in east Palisade. The 42-year-old was reported missing after leaving his home on foot January 7th. Officials said he left his belongings, including his cell phone, wallet, bicycle, and vehicle. Police Chief Carroll Quarles said Martineau appeared to have been depressed about “circumstances” in his life.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 6:50a)

New ADA in 7th. In light of all the changes in the 7th Judicial District, another positive change has taken place as newly appointed District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller selected Keri Yoder to be his Assistant DA. According to the Daily Press, Yoder is in charge of prosecutions in San Miguel County and the West End of Montrose County. She’s been with the DA’s office since 2002. Last month, Hotsenpiller was appointed as the District Attorney for the 7th when a vacancy was created due to Myrl Serra resigning.  Serra appears in court Friday amid allegations of sex crimes and official misconduct committed in years past. Hotsenpiller pledges to improve communication between his office and the public and hopes to transform the DA’s office into the “best law office in the Western Slope.”
Source: Daily Press (Posted 6:51a)

Power restored. Some DMEA customers along Bristle Cone in Ponderosa Ranch, Marine Drive, and Heritage Estates off of Marine Drive in Montrose were without power for nearly 3 hours early this morning. It’s reported that loud bang sounded just before the power outage. DMEA says a tap fuse blew causing the power outage to 93 customers. Power was back on just after 3 this morning.
(Posted 5:42a)

Ted Valerio Chosen as City’s 2010 Employee of the Year. Detective Ted Valerio has been selected by his peers as the City of Montrose 2010 Employee of the Year. The honor was bestowed at the annual employee awards banquet last Friday. Ted was hired by the city April 30, 2001, as a police patrol officer and in August 2005 became a part of the Police Department’s investigations division. Ted has been involved in most of the department’s major case investigations including every homicide investigation since becoming a detective for the department. Ted is the second ever certified polygraph examiner in the history of the department after attending polygraph school in San Diego California two years ago. In addition to being a detective, Ted is also a member of the department’s SWAT team.

Ted was nominated after he investigated a homicide, resulting in the identification and arrest of a suspect. Without Ted’s diligence in pursuing this case, it is unlikely that the case would have been resolved and the suspect brought to justice. Employee of the Year candidates are nominated by their peers and the final selection is made by vote of all city departments. The following employees were nominated for the honor:
Warren Brown
Rick Gawlinski
Ginny Howell
Mitch Johnson
Justin Perry
Scott Sellers
David Spear
Sheila Turner
John Zarkis
(Posted 5:43a)