Thursday, February 15, 2007
Reporter Alexis DeLaCruz provides the video news update for Thursday, Feb. 15.
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Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht has ruled that a misdemeanor charge of careless driving is appropriate for a man who is to blame for an accident last year that killed 43-year-old Michael Bailey of Craig. Dustin Lund of Morrison was driving a delivery truck in February 2006 when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into Bailey's pickup. Evidence showed Lund was under the influence of meth at the time of the accident, but Lund's blood samples were taken illegally making the evidence inadmissible. Bailey's family had asked for a more severe charge.
In a related matter, Michael Bailey's sister, Kathy Oberwitte, said after Wednesday's hearing that she will continue to pursue a recall effort to oust 14thDistrict Attorney Bonnie Roesink from office. Oberwitte has said the recall is not entirely based on her brother's case.
A jury found former Clark resident Daniel Robbins not guilty Wednesday of reckless manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in connection with a fatal car wreck in June 2005. Robbins was arrested after he reportedly lost control of the 2005 Dodge Viper he was driving south of Kremmling on Colorado Highway 9. The car struck a guardrail, killing 22-year-old Jeffery Harris. Initial reports from the Colorado State Patrol indicated Robbins was traveling more than 100 miles per hour; however, the trooper assigned to the case indicated that his calculation had changed and that he could no longer say with certainty that Robbins was going that fast.
Seven former members of the Steamboat Springs City Council, including two former presidents, are the latest to challenge the ethics of current Councilman Ken Brenner. Brenner has come under fire for accepting a free ski pass related to his ski coaching duties. He also was accused Tuesday night of seeking free rounds of golf at Haymaker Golf Course. The former council members who showed up at Tuesday's council meeting to discuss ethics included Kathy Connell, Mary Brown, Paula Cooper Black, Les Liman, Pete Wither, Carol Fox and Bud Romberg. Brenner and other current council members suggested the move was a political stunt.
An accused sexual predator wanted in Montana was arrested without incident in Hayden on Wednesday. The day after learning the man may have been headed toward Hayden, Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch spotted him in an alley near downtown. Birch said he arrested the 22-year-old man at about 4:20 p.m. as he walked along Jefferson Avenue. The man is accused of sexually assaulting a girl in Sanders County, Mont.
A fire damaged several rooms and killed two cats in an Oak Creek home Tuesday night. No persons were hurt in the blaze at 101 South Arthur Street. Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup said firefighters from Oak Creek, Yampa and Steamboat Springs worked to contain the fire which was reported at about 6 p.m.
Don't forget, Steamboatpilot.com will host a chat at 1:30 p.m. Friday with Mary Alice Page-Allen, the new president of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority. You can participate in the chat or submit questions in advance at steamboatpilot.com
In Sports, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's biathlon squad had a strong showing at the Biathlon State Championships near Fraser. Team members Evan Weinman, Jasper Gantick and Spencer Petersen all took home titles, while Garrison Osteen finished second. The biathlon combines cross-country skiing and shooting.
The Steamboat Springs Sailors basketball team will look to cap an undefeated league season at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Battle Mountain.
Also on Friday, the Steamboat hockey team opens the playoffs against second-seeded Air Academy. The game is at 8 p.m. at Seritch Ice Center in Colorado Springs.
Here is your first look at weather. The temperature at 6 a.m. was 23 degree under cloudy skies. High today should be around 30 with a 30 percent chance of snow. We will see a low of 16 tonight, before heading into another cloudy day on Friday.
Those are your headlines. Check in with steamboatpilot.com throughout the day for more news updates.