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A Glenwood Springs man who is charged with rioting in jail, and claims the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department is violating his rights, has chosen to act as his own attorney in court. William Baine Langley, 36, was charged in November 2005 with rioting in a detention facility after he and three other inmates in separate cells allegedly blocked the drains of their toilets and sinks, flooding their cells with water. According to court records, the inmates were so unruly that it took 10 Sheriff’s deputies and three Glenwood Springs Police officers in full riot gear and armed with pepper ball guns and Tasers to extract the rioting inmates from their cells. Langley was allegedly verbally uncooperative and refused to obey orders, and was found with wet toilet paper stuck to his cell walls. He was charged with rioting and second-degree assault on a peace officer. Other inmates charged in the alleged riot include Ryan Sims, Forest Mangus and Clarence Vendehey Jr. The riot charge was only the latest of many scrapes with the law for Langley, who is a fugitive from justice in Navajo County, Ariz., where he is accused of DUI. Langley allegedly burglarized the Glenwood Coca-Cola bottling plant in 2004 and allegedly burglarized a man’s home on U.S. Highway 6 in May 2005 and assaulted the owner.

Garfield County is moving forward with a community correction center that officials hope will open next year.County commissioners on Monday approved a $1.41 million design/build contract with Iowa-based Oakview Construction and Kansas-based Archetype for the project.The building is scheduled to open next March.The 10,000-square-foot structure will be located on county land near the county airport outside Rifle.Community corrections is a residential program designed as an alternative to prison for qualifying offenders. They receive life skill training, employment support and drug and alcohol treatment.

The city of Glenwood Springs is offering an affordable housing unit for sale through a lottery in July. The three-bedroom townhome in the Overlin Park neighborhood is the second house the city will have sold under its affordable housing program, which began in 2003. The asking price is $177,646.Andrew McGregor, city director of community development, said the sale of the home “is just the beginning” of the “inclusionary zoning” program, which requires 15 percent of all residential units built in Glenwood annually to be subject to affordable housing requirements. “This is one part of a much larger and complex issue,” he said. “It was never intended to be the sole solution. It’s one out of a menu of strategies to use to address the housing problem.”The townhome, located at 107 White Horse Place near Cowdin Drive and Overlin Drive north of Veltus Park, is 1,128 square feet with three bedrooms, two baths, a single-car garage, air conditioning and natural gas heating, a microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and range. The application deadline is July 28, and the lottery will be held Aug. 28.


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