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A New Castle woman was critically injured Monday after her car rolled and flipped for nearly 200 feet on Interstate 70 near the Garfield/Mesa county line. Karina Ruiz, 18, was driving a four-door car when she lost control of the car. Ruiz was ejected from the car and suffered major head injuries, a news release from the Colorado State Patrol said. She was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction where she was listed in critical condition. Two passengers in the car suffered minor injuries and each was transported to St. Mary’s by ambulance. Both have been released. According to the CSP, Ruiz was traveling at speeds of more than 90 mph when the crash occurred. On Nov. 10, Rifle police were called to a Railroad Avenue address to investigate a report of a weapons violation. Witnesses told officers they saw Kenneth Bush, 60, of Rifle standing in the hallway loading a rifle and yelling at his neighbors to be quiet. When officers asked the man about these allegations, he reportedly admitted bringing the rifle into the hallway, yelling at his neighbors, as well as consuming some alcoholic beverages. He was arrested on suspicion of prohibited use of weapons and disorderly conduct. -On Nov. 9, Rifle police responded to Firethorn Drive for a report of a domestic violence situation. After investigating the situation, they arrested Mark James O’brien, 35, of Rifle on suspicion of domestic violence, obstructing a peace officer, third-degree assault and resisting arrest. -On Nov. 9, Rifle police were called to an address on West 20th Street for a report of a disturbance between a father and his 18-year-old stepdaughter. The victim said she and her stepfather, Eldon L. Conner, 43, of Rifle had been arguing. Connor allegedly became angry and struck the victim with a broom, then slapped her in the face. He was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery. -On Nov. 13, Rifle police arrested Billie Jo Jewell, 36, of Rifle for two warrants for failure to appear on traffic violations. She was also issued a summons for driving under restraint and no proof of insurance.-On Nov. 14, Rifle police saw a vehicle speeding on southbound Highway 13. As the vehicle passed the police car, officers noticed its occupants were hitting each other. When they were pulled over, Timothy Wayne Curtiss, 38, of New Castle was arrested on suspicion of speeding, possession of marijuana and no insurance. The woman, Melinda Joan Gatewood, 28, of Parachute was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault. -On Nov. 16, Rifle police were advised of a theft from a business on Railroad Avenue. An officer responded and found that Travis Gardineer, 21, of New Castle allegedly stole several items from the business. He was arrested on suspicion of theft and second-degree burglary. -On Nov. 11, a Rifle resident who was wanted on two Mesa County warrants for failing to appear on theft and traffic charges turned himself in at the Silt Police Department. Monte Dean Schmidt, 39, posted his bonds with the help of a local bondsman and was released on bond pending his new court date.-On Oct. 11, Silt police took a missing person report from the concerned parents of a Silt resident. On Oct. 25, Silt police were advised that Zebulum Clyde Leatherman, 23, of Silt, had returned home and was claiming to have been accosted in his home by armed men who blindfolded him and took him to Las Vegas in a panel van. It was further reported that Leatherman managed to escape and caught a freight train to California where he was subsequently arrested for criminal impersonation. The ensuing investigation revealed no truthful basis for Leatherman’s claims except for being arrested in California. Based on the information obtained during the course of the investigation, including a forensic interview with him on Nov. 13, Leatherman was taken into custody and charged with false reporting to authorities.-On Nov. 16, Silt police stopped Roberta C. Lundquist, 44, of New Castle, after reportedly observing her weaving outside her lane. A subsequent records check showed that Lundquist’s license had been suspended for not having current insurance. She was held long enough to be issued a summons for driving under restraint and failing to maintain a single lane.-On Oct. 4, a Silt resident residing at the intersection of county roads 311 and 335 called the Silt Police Department to report that a motorist had driven off the road and through her fence before fleeing the scene at approximately 1:30 a.m. Police were able to obtain evidence at the scene along with outside information that allegedly linked the accident to a suspect who resides further south on County Road 311. Silt police interviewed Daniel R. Rodreick, 24, on Nov. 16 and ultimately charged him with leaving the scene of an accident (“hit and run”) and failing to notify police of an accident.On Nov. 17, Glenwood Springs police responded to a report of an argument between a husband and a wife. The two were contacted and police found that Scott Allen Bradley, 39, of Glenwood Springs allegedly kicked in the front door, causing about $600 in damage. He was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief. On Nov. 17, Glenwood Springs police pulled over Antonio Delgadillo-Martinez, 19, of Silt and noticed signs of intoxication. He was arrested on suspicion of weaving, underage drinking, drunken driving, and driving without a license. On Nov. 18, Glenwood Springs police responded to a disturbance report. When they arrived, police were told by the husband that his wife, Tarcilia Hayde Lopez, 20, of Glenwood Springs, had slapped him. The husband also told police his wife also slapped their infant son. She was arrested on suspicion of harassment and child abuse. On Nov. 22, Rifle police received a report from a citizen of a possible drunken driver. They found a vehicle that matched the description. When they pulled over the driver, Craig Wilcox, 52, of Rifle, they reported an obvious alcohol odor on his breath. They further reported he resisted arrest and refused alcohol tests. Wilcox was arrested on suspicion of careless driving, no insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia, drunken driving, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and driving under the influence of drugs. On Nov. 25, Rifle police arrested Belen Astorga, 32, of Rifle for suspicion of third-degree assault and child abuse after she allegedly hit a juvenile girl at her home. A 16-year-old boy also was arrested for criminal trespassing.


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