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CARBONDALE – A man who died when he was hit by a vehicle while lying on Highway 133 last month had a blood alcohol level of 0.348, well over the legal limit for intoxication, according to authorities.

Carlos Alberto Garcia-Cortez, 29, an El Salvadorian national living in Carbondale, was lying in the roadway around 3 a.m. Sept. 17 near the intersection of Weant Boulevard, when a passing motorist was unable to avoid him in time and ran over him.

The motorist stopped and called 911. Police and ambulance personnel arrived but found Garcia-Cortez to be deceased.

A coronor’s report indicated that it was the impact of the vehicle that caused the man’s death, Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said. No charges are expected to be filed. The toxicology report wasn’t available until this week.

PARACHUTE, Colorado – Following a three-month high-tech investigation, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Parachute man on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Dennis Salmonsen, 35, was arrested on Wednesday on a $50,000 warrant issued by Garfield District Court. He was freed later that day on bond and is scheduled for a court appearance on Nov. 2.

The arrest results from a general investigation launched in July of online distribution of child pornography, which led investigators to Salmonsen, according to a press release issued Friday by the sheriff’s department. Deputies obtained a search warrant for Salmonsen’s home in August and recovered evidence that led to his arrest this week.

The sheriff’s department used its own in-house computer forensics system to expedite the case, rather than submitting the information to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation office in Grand Junction or the Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Forensics Lab in Denver and waiting three to six months for results.

In the last 13 months, sheriff’s investigators have completed 25 computer forensics analyses in-house, compared to 13 per year prior to development of the in-house system.

EDWARDS, Colorado – Federal regulators closed local branches of Community Banks of Colorado on Friday.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized the Greenwood Village-based bank, including branches in Aspen, Basalt, Glenwood Springs, Eagle, Edwards and Avon.

At 7 p.m. Friday at the Edwards branch, several people were working at desks as a deputy from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office sat in the lobby.

A press release posted on the door said that the branches would open Saturday as Bank Midwest, which agreed to assume the assets and deposits of Community Banks of Colorado. In addition, the FDIC and Kansas City, Mo.-based Bank Midwest agreed to share losses on $714.2 million of Community Banks of Colorado’s loans and other assets.

Bank Midwest is a unit of NBH Holdings Corp. of Boston, which announced in August that it had reached a deal to buy 16 branches of Community Banks of Colorado, along with the Community Banks name.

Community Banks of Colorado was a state-chartered institution and under the supervision of the Federal Reserve. The Fed appointed the FDIC receiver of the bank after determining that it had been “critically undercapitalized” since July 29.

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