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As a recall election for 9th District Attorney Colleen Truden approaches, another drama is playing out in felony court. Some supporters of the recall effort have called Trudens decision to charge 14-year-old Eric Stoneman with first-degree murder a political move to prove she is tough on crime.Assistant District Attorney Vince Felletter believes the move is in the interest of seeing justice done.On July 20, Stoneman shot and killed 9-year-old Taylor DeMarco in a home in Battlement Mesa. If convicted of first-degree murder, Stoneman faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
At least one man planning to file for candidacy in the upcoming district attorney recall election will likely clear the petition hurdle in time for the filing deadline Tuesday.Martin Beeson and Chip McCrory both Republicans must each obtain 1,000 signatures of voters registered with the GOP in Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties to become candidates in the Dec. 13 election, which will decide whether Colleen Truden will remain the 9th Judicial District Attorney. Beeson and McCrory each had 15 days to gather the signatures beginning Oct. 17, the day Gov. Bill Owens set the date for the Dec. 13 recall election. The candidates are required to submit their petitions to the Secretary of States office in Denver Tuesday.
Doug Dennison, Garfield Countys oil and gas auditor, has resigned after two and a half years on the job. Dennison has accepted a job as regulatory coordinator with Occidental Oil in Grand Junction.Dennison, who acted as a liaison between residents who were feeling the effects of natural gas development and county government, said he came to the job without knowing what it was all about.I didnt have a whole lot of chance to figure it out, he said. Initially people wanted someone to unload on. There were a lot of people with pent up frustration.Dennisons job was created in response to growing oil and gas production in rural areas, and more and more complaints about increased traffic, dust and noise.
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