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The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested a second man related to numerous burglaries in New Castle.
Jeremiah Johnson Brown, 30, of New Castle, was arrested for the burglary at 140 Apache Drive.
Brown is charged with second degree burglary, first degree criminal trespass, criminal mischief and driving under revocation.
The Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate other burglaries in the New Castle area.
Many area businesses and organizations already have completed their contribution drive for the United Way of Garfield County 2005 fund-raising drive.
City Market, Williams Production, J.C. Penney, U.S. Bank, employees from the cities of Rifle and Glenwood Springs and Colorado Mountain College are among the many organizations supporting United Way’s drive to help fund 23 human service agencies in the valley next year, according to United Way officials.
Valley View Hospital employees, who were United Way’s largest contributing group with nearly $9,000 in donations last year, are starting their campaign this week. Williams employees recently raised $1,200 with a double company match during a special fund-raising event for United Way.
“Last year, we raised about $125,000, up from $57,000 from the previous year,” United Way board chairman Ron VanMeter said. “We hope to increase it another $50,000 for 2005.”
VanMeter said counties the size of Garfield regularly raise $350,000 in donations. “We hope to reach that goal in the next couple of years,” he said.
Companies and organizations interested in setting up an employee United Way drive can contact the United Way office at 625-8189 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to United Way of Garfield County, P.O. Box 1406, Rifle 81650. For more information about United Way and its agencies, please go to http://www.unitedwayofgarfieldcounty.org.
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