Local News Briefs
The Rock’n Pine Fire, which burned 15 acres of Bureau of Land Management Land northeast of New Castle, was declared 100 percent contained this Monday morning. Roughly 60 personnel were demobilized from the incident.More than an inch of rain fell in the burn area over the weekend, which aided firefighters in tackling the blaze. The fire began on Saturday from a lightning strike.
EAGLE-VAIL – A woman was killed and another was seriously injured in a head-on collision on Interstate 70 near Dowd Junction.The accident, which occurred around 6 p.m. Monday, closed both west lanes of I-70 and one east lane.Police have not released the women’s identities.Witnesses said a red Ford Ranger pickup truck was traveling east when it went off the left side of the interstate, became airborne and struck a black Toyota Camry that was going west in the left lane, said Sgt. Shawn Olmstead with the Colorado State Patrol.Authorities were investigating the cause of the accident, he said. The woman driving the Toyota Camry was pronounced dead at the accident.
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect in an assault case that occurred at the Dotsero boat ramp.On Friday at about 8:30 p.m., law enforcement was dispatched to the boat ramp off of Highway 6 for an assault-in-progress call. The suspect has been identified as Brian Patrick Easter, 40, of Burns.A 35-year-old woman from Burns was found with bloody clothing and was transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released. According to witnesses and the woman, Easter beat the woman with his fists. A hunter camped in the area used his firearm to scare the suspect away prior to law enforcement arrival. Easter is believed to be the woman’s boyfriend. He allegedly became upset with the woman and started punching the windshield inside his vehicle, then assaulted her. The ECSO obtained a nationwide arrest warrant for Easter with the charges of third-degree assault, violation of a restraining order and domestic violence. Easter was last seen driving his red 2000 Ford Ranger pickup with Colorado 911OEO plates. He has not been seen since the incident.
GYPSUM – The Colorado State Patrol has released the name of the man who died in a rollover crash south of Gypsum early Friday morning.Justin Schuyler Bobson, 24, was ejected from a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup that was headed south on Gypsum Creek Road. The pickup went off the left edge of the road and rolled 114 times, the State Patrol said.Bobson was found dead at the scene, the State Patrol said.James Martin Hatfield, the 36-year-old driver, had serious injuries and was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Jeremy Todd Marner, a 36-year-old passenger, was released from the crash scene with minor injuries, the State Patrol said.The hometowns of the men, who were not wearing seat belts, were not released.The accident was reported to have happened about 2:30 a.m. Troopers were told of the accident at 5:24 a.m., the State Patrol said.Authorities were investigating whether alcohol and speed were involved in the crash, the State Patrol said.
During the State Veterans Nursing Home’s 20th anniversary celebration Friday, Sept. 28, Gov. Bill Ritter and Major General H. Michael Edwards, adjutant general, will speak at 1 p.m. at the facility located at 851 E. Fifth St. in Rifle.The community is invited to help celebrate 20 years of providing excellent care to Colorado’s veterans.For more information, call 625-0842.
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