Week in Review
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Five suspects who are thought to be involved in some – or perhaps all – 38 burglary cases throughout Garfield County over the past 17 months were arrested in the past week by the Glenwood Springs Police Department.As many as five more arrests are expected to follow in the coming days.In all, six arrest warrants were issued last week by the GSPD in connection to a string of recent burglaries including several downtown Glenwood businesses. Carbondale Police Department is in the process of attaining four additional arrest warrants in connection with some of the recent burglaries in Carbondale. Some of the cases may overlap. Garfield County Sheriff’s office may have additional warrants, but according to spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis, there were none as of Thursday afternoon.”The first arrests were made last Friday,” said GSPD Lieutenant Bill Kimminau. “It’s been ongoing as we can find them. Some of them are still floating around.”Bradley Guyon, 19, William Riddle, 18, David Iuele, 19, Sean Egan, 19, and another 17-year-old juvenile are already in custody by GSPD. Police are still searching for one other 17-year-old juvenile, according to Kimminau.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Jury members deliberated Friday afternoon whether they buy Dominic Pino’s argument that being stunned by a Taser caused him to injure a Rifle police officer, or if he has only himself to blame, as the prosecution argued.But the jury didn’t buy the defense’s case, and delivered guilty verdicts on five of the seven charges against Pino.”I am very pleased with the verdicts,” said Deputy district attorney Amy Fitch. “I think the jury was clear that (Pino) assaulted the officer.”Pino was found guilty on one count of second-degree assault on a peace officer, one count of third-degree assault and three counts of reckless endangerment. Not-guilty verdicts came on one count of second-degree assault and one count of criminal mischief.
RIFLE – More than 60 people showed up at the Rifle Fire Station Tuesday night, where Republican Mike Samson of Rifle officially announced his candidacy as a Garfield County Commissioner for District 3.The District 3 seat is currently held by Republican Larry McCown, who is not seeking re-election after 12 years as a commissioner.Samson, 53, thanked the crowd, which included some notable Republican party members including McCown, former commissioner Arnold Mackley, former district attorney and chairman of the Republican committee Milt Blakey, committee member Becky Rippy and Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario. “I am excited about all this,” Samson told the crowd. “This is an undertaking that perhaps all my life I have dreamed about. I’ve done a lot of thinking and praying about this, and I feel good about it.”Samson is currently the only Republican candidate for the District 3 commissioner seat. Republican Phil Vaughan, chair of the county Planning and Zoning Commission had expressed some interest in running, but said Tuesday night that he will not and is fully supportive of Samson.
Venerable Glenwood Springs radio station KGLN evokes childhood memories for Gabe Chenoweth.”It’s sentimental for me. It’s a station both my parents grew up listening to – I grew up listening to, to a certain extent,” he said.Now an ownership group that includes Chenoweth is planning to sell the station. But the new buyer is managed by someone who also has fond early associations with KGLN, the AM station with its radio tower looming above Sixth Street in downtown Glenwood Springs.”I remember being in the Glenwood Springs pool and I remember seeing that radio tower there. I knew then, in junior high, I wanted to be in radio,” said Jim TerLouw, of MBC Grand Broadcasting in Grand Junction.Colorado West Broadcasting Inc., which also owns KMTS in Glenwood, has agreed to sell KGLN to MBC Grand, which operates six stations. In addition, MBC Grand is applying with the Federal Communications Commission for an AM radio station to be located in Silt.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Kirsten Petre McDaniel was excitedly preparing for a trip to Colorado Springs Wednesday morning. Computers for Kids Foundation (C4K), where McDaniel is the executive director, was a finalist in this year’s Awards for Excellence program presented by the El Pomar Foundation based in Colorado Springs.McDaniel and board member Patrick Curry attended the annual Awards for Excellence program, representing the C4K foundation.Each year the El Pomar Foundation recognizes 33 outstanding Colorado non-profit organizations, singling out the very best nonprofits in the state. C4K was presented with the Spencer and Julie Penrose Award as the outstanding nonprofit of the year. This is the most distinguished award given out each year, and in the past, it has come with a $25,000 grant. This year, however, the award was doubled to $50,000.
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