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The Sober House, located at 1204 Catherine Court, met its deadline to submit an application for a Planned Unit Development amendment last week. The application asks that the PUD be amended to allow up to 10 residents in the house. The Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss the application on Dec. 8, and the Trustee will hold a public hearing on Dec. 10.

Cinthia Romero was smiling as she left the courtroom at noon Wednesday, shortly after the jury had been sent out of the room to decide her guilt or innocence on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.Five and a half hours later, the jurors told Judge James Boyd they had not been able to reach a verdict, and the judge sent them home for the night with instructions to return at 8 a.m. today and resume deliberations.Romero, 17, is accused of helping savagely beat a 16-year-old runaway girl with a golf club near Independence Pass on Oct. 9, 2004, and then leaving the girl for dead when a passing car stopped on Highway 82. She faces up to 48 years in prison if convicted, according to prosecutor Andrew Heyl.Romero, 17, is accused of helping savagely beat a 16-year-old runaway girl with a golf club near Independence Pass on Oct. 9, 2004, and then leaving the girl for dead when a passing car stopped on Highway 82. She faces up to 48 years in prison if convicted, according to prosecutor Andrew Heyl.


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