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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Wesley Kade Harris, the 23-year-old who pleaded guilty to one count of felony menacing in November, was sentenced to four years of supervised probation and was credited for 90 days in jail, time served.

Harris must also complete 80 hours of useful public service, participate in drug court, write a letter of apology to the victim, and was also ordered not to consume alcohol, according to Garfield County Combined Court clerk officials.

Harris pleaded guilty to felony menacing as part of a plea deal with prosecutors where charges of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury and child abuse, among others, were dropped.



Police arrested Harris the night of Aug. 4 after receiving a report that a 15-year-old boy had been shot in the stomach at a residence in the Apple Tree park near New Castle.

Public Defender Tina Fang told the judge when Harris pleaded guilty that he could not remember the incidents of the night because of his level of intoxication.



Harris was released from the Garfield County Jail on Dec. 9, the day he was sentenced.

Both directions of Highway 82, near Snowmass Creek Road, were closed for a brief time Monday after a tow truck veered off the road and slammed into a power pole.

Greg Beightel, 55, of Glenwood Springs, was driving a 2005 International tow truck traveling eastbound on Highway 82, when the truck ran off the right side of the road and struck a guard rail. The truck continued through the guardrail and struck a Holy Cross power pole, knocking the power lines onto Highway 82.

The State Patrol reported that the incident closed the highway for just over an hour Monday about 1:30 p.m. while power to the lines was shut off. The power lines also had to be secured so they would not cause any further damage.

While the westbound lanes were open before 3 p.m., only the left lane of eastbound traffic was re-established Monday. The State Patrol reported that the right-hand, eastbound lane will remain closed until late Tuesday afternoon, while Holy Cross Energy repairs the damaged power pole.

Beightel was issued a citation for careless driving, but he was not injured in the accident and was wearing a seat belt.

Sewer Force Main work continues along Midland Avenue, and is scheduled to wrap up for the season this week. According to the city’s Engineering Department crews are currently working on the shoulder of the road near the Community Center and traffic will be reduced to a single lane for Tuesday and Wednesday this week only. The city is notifying motorists that delays can be expected in this area through Wednesday.

Anyone planning to head west on Interstate 70 for any points further than DeBeque should be prepared for westbound lane closures.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun rehabilitation work on bridge over the Colorado River, built in 1972, that now carries westbound traffic, according to a CDOT news announcement.

The work, at mile marker 58, includes installation of three new pier columns and pier caps (which connect the piers to the bridge itself); additional work at the western pier foundation, which receives the most direct river-flow impact; and resurfacing of the bridge deck.

The work underneath the structure is scheduled to be completed by Feb. 26, and until then motorists can expect periodic, single-lane closures on westbound I-70 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Crews will return in April or May, when temperatures allow, to resurface the bridge deck. This portion of the $1.6 million project will also require single-lane closures over a period of 10 weekdays.

Anyone needing to do business at one of Garfield County’s offices this week should keep in mind that the county will be closed over Christmas weekend.

The county courthouse, courthouse plaza and annex buildings will shut down for the weekend at noon on Dec. 24 and reopen on Dec. 28.

County officials also announced that all county offices will be closed on Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.


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