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An overflow of spring runoff caused water to flow onto Highway 82 and delay traffic around 4 to 5 p.m., the Colorado Department of Transportation said.An irrigation ditch overflowed on the east side of Highway 82 near the Colorado Mountain College-Spring Valley turnoff. The water created a temporary hazard, but did not completely stop traffic. CDOT used a loader to clear an alternate path for the water, and the issue was resolved at approximately 5 p.m., CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said.

The 17-year-old girl that assaulted John and Alice Keursten’s 14-year-old daughter was issued a summons for assault on Feb. 23.”At this point it’s up to the district attorney,” said Lieutenant J.R. Boulton of the Rifle Police Department.The summons was issued after the Keurstens reported the incident to police the day of the altercation.Boulton said that the next step will be for the girl to appear in court and the district attorney will be responsible for filing any formal charges. The case is still under investigation and Boulton couldn’t say how many students were being investigated.

Sentencing was delayed for Tri Nguyen, who was convicted of charges arising from a road rage incident that killed 9th Judicial District Chief Probation Officer Ray Combest on Feb. 24, 2005.He was scheduled for sentencing Tuesday, but the hearing was continued until May 2, Douglas County District Attorney Spokeswoman Kathleen Walsh said.A jury convicted Nguyen, who was 23 at the time of the accident, of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, manslaughter, reckless driving and vehicular eluding. Nguyen was found not guilty of criminally negligent homicide.Combest, 54, was killed in a head-on collision while driving east on C-470 in Douglas County just outside of Denver.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO


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