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Week in review

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Police arrested a man July 30 accused of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman for whom he was a “job coach.”

James Garland, 66, of Glenwood Springs, was arrested on suspicion of one count of crimes against at-risk adults ” sexual assault, a class two felony. A court document says more counts “will likely be charged.”

The allegations came to light when a Wal-Mart employee told the Glenwood Springs police that another female Wal-Mart employee who was “developmentally disabled to some degree” was seen performing a sexual act for Garland in his car in the Wal-Mart parking lot last Wednesday.

The alleged victim was once a client of Mountain Valley Developmental Services, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, and Garland, who was a manager at Safeway, acted as her “job coach” and helped her get the job at Wal-Mart about 11 years ago.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Perry Isley, 50, a convicted sex offender from Kansas who escaped from the maximum security Larned State Hospital in Larned, Kan., was arrested Wednesday in Glenwood Springs.

According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation notified the sheriff’s office around noon on Wednesday that Isley had escaped from the Kansas facility, and the CBI had obtained information indicating Isley may be in the Glenwood area.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s office investigators observed a white male on a pay phone at the Tomahawk Truck Stop in west Glenwood matching Isley’s description, according to a sheriff’s report. The report stated that Isley was positively identified by sheriff’s deputies, taken into custody and booked at the Garfield County Jail without incident. Isley is currently being held without bond and awaiting extradition back to Kansas, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Michelle Ponce, director of communications for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services said Friday, Isley was committed to the Larned State Hospital’s sexual predator unit in 2006. Ponce said that hospital staff discovered his absence about 2 a.m. Tuesday, and immediately contacted local authorities.

WASHINGTON ” The U.S. departments of Interior and Energy have certified that there is enough money to cover the cleanup of the Anvil Points Oil Shale Superfund site near Rulison.

The move allows Colorado to receive about half of the $2.7 million in natural gas revenues that are generated each month from existing leases in the Roan Plateau Planning Area.

This certification also means that Colorado is expected to receive money from an Aug. 14 Bureau of Land Management lease sale of 55,200 acres on the Roan. The auctioning of lands in the area is expected to bring in about $100 million to $300 million, according to BLM estimates.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Tom Ziemann was reserved when he spoke about his resignation as the director of Catholic Charities in Glenwood Springs.

“This isn’t without a little bit of mixed feelings,” Ziemann said. “I feel that I’ve put a lot into (Catholic Charities), and it’s with a great sadness that I leave, but it’s just time.”

Ziemann has been the executive director of the local social service nonprofit since its debut in Glenwood Springs in 2000, so stepping down from his post was a difficult conclusion. But, it’s a conclusion that he feels very much comfortable with.

His last day at Catholic Charities is scheduled for Aug. 15. He will begin his new position as a clinical social worker at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Grand Junction shortly thereafter.

DENVER ” The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will continue its hearings about new rules for the state’s oil and gas industry into September.

For the last few months, many observers had expected the COGCC commissioners to discuss and deliberate the future of the new rules from Aug. 12 to Aug. 15.

Now the commission is expected to hold two days of hearings on Aug. 19 and 20, with three more days of hearings expected to be scheduled from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11, said Mike King, deputy director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

It is expected that the COGCC commissioners will approve the majority rules by Sept. 11, King said.

NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” A man shot and killed a mountain lion north of New Castle Tuesday night after the animal came too close to him and his wife, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Randy Hampton, a spokesman for the DOW, said the agency received a call about the shooting a little after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. It occurred on the Main Elk Road north of New Castle, he said.

The man and his wife were out for a walk in the area when the mountain lion came out of the brush and was in a “crouch position,” Hampton said. The couple’s names were not immediately available late Wednesday.

“(The mountain lion) began to approach them,” he said. “The husband was carrying a firearm, and he shot and killed the lion as it got really close.”

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