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After being jailed since Aug. 5 on suspicion of shooting a Glenwood Springs Police officer, Sergio Esteban Ramirez is going home to eat his mother’s tostadas.He walked out of the Garfield County Jail Wednesday evening and hugged his mom up off her feet in a joyous reunion. Family members gave him a shirt to wear with the saying, “Just because I’m Mexican doesn’t make me guilty,” written on it with black markers.The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office decided not to file charges against Ramirez. The 20-year-old Glenwood Springs man was released Wednesday afternoon after being arrested on suspicion of shooting a Glenwood Springs Police officer on July 29.Mauricio Villa Garcia Peña, another suspect in the case, was released Thursday morning after prosecutors decided there wasn’t sufficient evidence to file charges against him.

After a little less than a year and a half, a family situation and lack of suitable housing has forced New Castle Town Administrator David Blanchard to resign his position.Blanchard’s last day will be on Thursday. He started the job in April 2006.”I told the Town Council there were several reasons why I was leaving,” Blanchard said. “One was the housing costs, which was a very serious concern for me. I haven’t been able to find a home that suits my needs.”

The Garfield County dispatch center and area law enforcement agencies have spent about $4 million on computer and radio system upgrades. The Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority (GCECA) in Rifle handles Garfield County’s 911 calls along with dispatching for law enforcement and emergency response.The upgrades are part of a statewide push to link radio sites together to increase communication between agencies. Radios will utilize an 800 megahertz digital trunked signal instead of a VHF signal.”Basically, it’s a statewide system interfaced with many local agencies,” said Carl Stephens, executive director of the GCECA. “If they put up a radio site, we’re also able to use that site. That couldn’t happen in the past on VHF. Deputies would have to switch channels to find the specific site. Now they turn it on one talk-group.”


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