Briefs for Jan. 29

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Routt County Sheriff's Office investigating thefts

The Routt County Sheriff's Office is investigating two significant theft cases reported in the past week. In unrelated situations, two homeowners have reported thousands of dollars of housewares and personal goods stolen, Undersheriff Dan Taylor said.

In one case, a homeowner reported that art and housewares worth an estimated $20,000 had been stolen during the past two years. The goods had been stored with furniture while their owners were building a new home, Taylor said. As they began unpacking their belongings into the new home, they realized that expensive items were missing. Deputies have leads and are interviewing people in that case, Taylor said.

In the other case, a woman from Florida who owns a second home west of Steamboat Springs reported that $12,000-plus worth of antiques, including an antique shotgun and housewares, were taken from her local home during the past year. The homeowner told investigators that she had let various friends and family members use the home during that time and just recently noticed that certain things were missing from it. That case is under investigation, too.

Men injured in head-on crash remain in hospitals

Two men who were critically injured in a head-on collision Thursday remained in the hospital Friday.

Jerome Gerald Velasquez, 34, of Idaho Springs, was upgraded to fair condition Friday at Yampa Valley Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Heather Rose said. According to police reports, Velasquez, who was westbound on U.S. Highway 40, had moved into the oncoming lane of traffic while apparently attempting to pass a dump truck when he struck an eastbound vehicle driven by Jacob Nathanael Martinez, 26, of Craig.

Martinez, who was sent to Denver Health Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, was listed in serious condition Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the accident, and no charges have been filed, Trooper Kirk Gardner said.

The accident happened at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday four miles west of Steamboat Springs. Both men had to be extricated from their vehicles, which were totalled in the crash.

VNA offering six-week weight control series

The Visiting Nurse Association is offering "Where did my waist go?" -- a six-week weight control and nutritional health series beginning Feb. 1. Registered dietitian Roberta Gill will conduct the sessions, which will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the VNA office. The cost is $60 and includes a pedometer. Call 879-1632 to sign up.

Wear red on Feb. 4 for women's heart disease

Feb. 4 is National Wear Red Day. Join Yampa Valley Medical Center and Americans nationwide by wearing red on this day to show support for women's heart disease awareness. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Stop by the eatery at the hospital from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4 to pick up information and the Red Dress pin. Call 871-2500.

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