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PARACHUTE – A Rifle man driving west on I-70 near Parachute at 7:30 a.m. Thursday lost control of the vehicle and was seriously injured in the resulting crash.The Colorado State Patrol reports that Matthew Bartlett, 30, of Rifle was driving a 2003 Ford Focus west on the highway near milepost 78, just east of Parachute, when he lost control of the car. It went off the left side of the road and was briefly airborne before it rolled three times.Bartlett was ejected from the vehicle and seriously injured. The Grand Valley Fire Department transported him to Grand River Hospital in Rifle, and he was then airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol.The Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Valley Fire Department, and P&K Towing responded to the scene.The Colorado State Patrol thanks the motorists who stopped and helped Bartlett while waiting for emergency response personnel to arrive.

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for his role in a fraud ring that authorities say passed about $80,000 in fake checks to businesses in western Colorado.The attorney general’s office says a Mesa County judge sentenced Salvador Ramirez Friday. Authorities say Ramirez recruited, drove and passed checks for the ring, which used the shell corporations Mount Rocky Linguistics and Expo Banquet.Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says the ring passed checks written for less than $500 at businesses in several western Colorado cities, including Aspen, Carbondale, Delta, Durango, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction and Montrose. Ramirez pleaded guilty in February to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, theft and forgery. Two of his co-defendants were sentenced last year, and four others remain at large.

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