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Authorities arrested a Glenwood Springs man Thursday night on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Michael Bilotta, 28, was arrested at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 7 by Garfield County deputies and detectives, at his home on County Road 154 south of Glenwood Springs.

He was taken to the Garfield County Jail, but was released shortly afterward on a bond of $25,000.



According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Bilotta was arrested following an investigation instigated by a tip from the FBI. The case involved the use of the sheriff’s new Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device [also known as FRED], a computer forensics lab housed in the new Annex building near Rifle.

Bilotta is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 27 for advisement concerning the charges against him.



The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Threat Assessment Group (TAG) will have two community education sessions to address local gang issues in the Roaring Fork Valley, on Wednesday, Oct. 13 in Spanish and Thursday, Oct. 14 in English.

Both sessions will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Mary of the Crown Catholic Church, 395 White Hill Road, Carbondale.

Topics to be covered will include what TAG is and does, why kids join gangs, identification of symbols, signs, graffiti and tattoos. Recent purported gang activity and associated impacts in the local area will also be discussed. There will also be time for people to ask follow-up questions.

The sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact TAG Deputy James Miller at (970) 945-0453, or e-mail jmiller@garcosheriff.com.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – City Council postponed its planned discussion Thursday of a request for additional funding to do a feasibility study for a performing arts and events center.

Council is to consider a task force recommendation to hire a consulting firm to assess the city’s options for building and operating a performing arts theater/events center at the Glenwood Springs Community Center site.

An additional appropriation of $35,000 is needed to do the estimated $75,000 study.

Council has rescheduled the discussion for its Nov. 4 meeting.

Two upcoming political forums are planned locally to address three tax- and debt-limiting state ballot measures that are on the Nov. 2 ballot, Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association hosts a forum from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn road, focusing on what it believes will be the damaging impacts of the three initiatives.

The Chamber has invited fiscal policy expert Rich Jones of the Bell Policy Center to address the issues, followed by a panel discussion with local government and school officials.

On Thursday, Oct. 14, the Carbondale Board of Trustees hosts a forum addressing the pros and cons of the ballot initiatives. It takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Church at Carbondale Gathering Center, 110 Snowmass Drive.

Representatives of the local school, fire, library and college districts have been invited to participate as well as persons seeking passage of the measures.


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