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In one of a few violent incidents last weekend, police were forced to scuffle with employees and the owner of Mr. Amigo in West Glenwood Springs.Police Chief Terry Wilson said that was one of the most frightening situations hes ever seen an officer go through in the time hes been with the police department.An officer was by himself, at one point being attacked while a group of about 10 angry people stood by the bar yelling.According to Wilson, an officer answered a noise complaint at the restaurant around 3 a.m. on Sunday. He could hear a live band playing in the restaurants outdoor patio area. He directed them to unlock the front door. While he was waiting, he heard cursing and bottles clanking around as if they were being thrown away. He was eventually let in and went to the back where the bar was. A man confronted him and eventually cursed at the officer and told him to get out of there. The officer called for backup.Wilson said the man and a woman grabbed the officer and tried to force him out of the restaurant. The officer tried to arrest the man, who resisted, while the woman and another man interfered with him while he tried to use handcuffs.At this point, 10 angry people were lining the bar yelling at him, Wilson said.The officer told the female and the second man they were under arrest. They at one point were shoving him against the bar, and the woman took a swing at the officer, Wilson said.

Glenwood Springs Police recently cited for trespassing three people who were soaking in the hot pots in the Colorado River.The hot pots, along the riverbank near the Interstate 70 Glenwood Springs interchange, have been officially off-limits for nearly three weeks. The city, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool decided to post no trespassing signs to deter people. The hot pots are on CDOTs right of way, Police Chief Terry Wilson said.Like most private property issues you have to be empowered or enjoined by the private property owner to take enforcement, Wilson said. CDOT in cooperation with the Hot Springs Pool and the city have been talking together about it for quite some time, and this is kind of a first step.Mark Allen Marler, 54, Roger Howe Jr., 48, and Charles Leroy Norton, 53, were the first people to receive trespassing tickets there last Wednesday around 10:45 p.m.The area has seen a lot of criminal activity and problems over the years.Weve had sexual assaults, Wilson said. Weve had overdose deaths. Weve had juvenile drinking on a routine basis.

A group that fights air pollution is arguing that proposals for a new asphalt plant and some natural gas treatment facilities would add to the list of local polluters that threaten to cause cumulative impacts.Frontier Paving is seeking a state air emissions permit in connection with an asphalt plant at the Flag Sand & Gravel pit on Divide Creek southeast of Silt.Chevron USA has applied for permits in association with two triethylene glycol dehydrator units northwest of Parachute, and EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) is asking for a permit for similar dehydrators it would use in the Wallace Creek area south of Battlement Mesa. The dehydrators are used to remove water from natural gas in pipelines.Jeremy Nichols, director of Denver-based Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action, worries about the continual addition of new pollution sources in a county that already is suffering reduced air quality, in large part because of natural gas development.The problem is that state regulations focus on big sources of pollution, he said.But what about when you have all these small sources that collectively add up to one giant source? he asked.



A committee headed by Tod Tibbetts, a Silt town trustee and mayor pro tem, has filed a petition for the recall of Silt Mayor Dave Moore.Its a fairly dramatic step that people dont take on a whim, Tibbetts said. There are sound reasons for us to take this step, and the people of Silt will have the option to decide if they want him (Moore) to remain as mayor.Tibbetts cited Moores insistence on promoting his personal agenda and his continued actions violating state statutes, town ordinance and code of conduct, as reasons behind his decision to file the recall.This isnt a step I take lightly. I applaud the mayor for the positives hes done for the community, but his primary responsibility is to follow the rules as a trustee, Tibbetts said. If elected trustees cant follow the rules, they dont deserve to sit in the position. We make the rules, and if we dont follow them how can we expect citizens to follow them?

Garfield County Deputies arrested a New Castle man believed to be a school district employee on suspicion that he molested two children.Brian Corey Wilson, 21, was arrested on Saturday, July 21, on suspicion of enticement of a child, unlawful sexual contact and sexual assault on a child. He posted $10,750 bond on Monday.According to an arrest affidavit, a deputy was dispatched to a subdivision south of New Castle around 4:45 p.m. Saturday regarding a possible sexual assault. A woman told authorities that Brian Wilson fondled her two children.The woman told deputies that she was doing yard work when Wilson came over and began talking to the children. She said he was speaking about firefighting and the woman went about her business, the affidavit says.A short time later she noticed the children were no longer out front. When searching for them, she found one child sitting in a ditch. Upon rounding the corner of the house, the woman said she saw Wilson kneeling behind the house fondling the other child, the affidavit says, and that he immediately stood up and began apologizing.


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