On Dec. 22, Silt police contacted a group of underage teens outside a convenience store after midnight in violation of the curfew ordinance. The youths were taken into custody and transported to the Silt Police Department where they were held until their parents could come retrieve them.-On Dec. 24, Silt police responded to a Silt residence for a report of a disturbance with weapons. The investigation revealed that a resident became upset that his daughter’s dog had torn up some carpet. The party allegedly threatened to shoot the dog and obtained a shotgun. C.D. West, 64, allegedly pushed his daughter and shoved a shotgun in her husband’s face when they tried to stop him from shooting the dog. He was arrested and lodged in the Garfield County Jail on suspicion of menacing and assault.-On Dec. 26, Silt police took a formal criminal complaint from a family alleging that a relative had made approximately 24 abusive and harassing phone calls to their residence in less than 24 hours beginning on Christmas day. Deborah Lea Chuc, 52, of Silt, was charged with harassment and advised to have no further contact with the victims.-On Dec. 27, Silt Police were called to a Silt residence just before 8 a.m. on Friday for a reported suicide-in-progress. During the course of the ensuing investigation, police learned that resident Kenneth A. Baker, 29, of Silt had been in an argument with his estranged spouse during which he allegedly held her down, prevented her from leaving with their children, and repeatedly pulled the phone away from her when she tried to call 911 for assistance. The victim also managed to prevent her husband’s attempts to end his own life by throwing an electric appliance into a tub of water he planned to enter. Baker was arrested and charged with suspicion of harassment, false imprisonment, and obstruction of telephone service. He was held without bond in the Garfield County Jail and placed on a suicide watch pending an appearance before a judge and a mental health evaluation.-On Dec. 27, Silt police were dispatched to a Grand Avenue address for a reported loud drinking party. Officers discovered that two juvenile females and two adult males under 21 had allegedly been drinking alcoholic beverages. John David Collins, 20, and Tyson Allen Smith, 19, both of Silt, were arrested and charged with underage consumption of alcohol. A 17-year-old Rifle girl and her 16-year-old Provo, Utah, companion were also arrested and charged with the same offense. Hosts Nicholas L. Yerian, 22, and Christopher A. Wilson, 22, were both arrested and charged with providing alcohol to minors.
Garfield County commissioners defend Uinta Basin Railway against local opposition
Garfield County commissioners are bucking the Western Slope trend against the proposed Uinta Basin Railway (UBR), 88 miles of new track that would connect the eastern Utah oil fields to Gulf Coast refineries via the national railroad network running through Colorado.
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