Briefs for September 20

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Hearing to unseal records in murder case is today

— Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht will hear arguments today in a motion to unseal records in the case involving Luz Cisneros, a Steamboat woman charged with killing her 1-year-old daughter.

Garrecht granted a motion Sept. 7 to seal the arrest warrant, arrest affidavit and an autopsy report in the case. The request to seal the documents was made by Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James. The Steamboat Pilot & Today filed a motion to unseal those records. That hearing is at 2 p.m. today at the Routt County Justice Center.

Cisneros, 33, was arrested Sept. 7 on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Brianna Simon. She is in custody in Pueblo and is scheduled to return to Routt County for a Sept. 26 court appearance.

Driver still missing after leaving fatal wreck scene

A Routt County man facing vehicular homicide charges in the Sept. 16 death of a Mexican sheepherder remains at large.

Routt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger said the man, whose name is not being released until a search warrant is obtained, left the scene of the accident and has not been seen since. Klinger said his department has received several conflicting reports about the man's location.

Police think the man was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee when the vehicle rolled down an embankment off Forest Service Road 900 near Yampa. The man is thought to have left the scene of the accident and fled into the Routt National Forest. The vehicle's passenger was Quirino Valentin Aguilar, who died in the accident.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg would not comment on Aguilar's preliminary cause of death until he receives autopsy and toxicology results.

Klinger said Aguilar was a Mexican national, not a Peruvian, as was first reported.

Aguilar and the man driving the Jeep are thought to have been "acquaintances" but likely did not work together, Klinger said.

Reservations being taken for Quilters' retreat

The Delectable Mountain Quilters are accepting reservations for the Fall Retreat Quilting Workshop to be held Oct. 12 to 14 at the Holiday Inn in Steamboat. Nationally-recognized quilter Louisa Smith will be the instructor. Smith will offer two classes - "Strips and Curves" and "One Patch Plus." Reservations must be made by Sept. 1. Call Sue Leeson at 871-0985.

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