Steamboat briefs: Corna death investigation toxicology report pending

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Corna death investigation toxicology report pending

The Port Chester, N.Y., Police Department's investigation into the death of Chris Corna continues, Lt. James Ladeairous said Tuesday. Ladeairous said there are no updates on the investigation, which is pending a toxicology report from the Westchester County, N.Y., Medical Examiner's Office.

An official in the Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday that the report is not complete and that the reports take 10 or more weeks to complete. Corna, who owned Slopeside Grill in Steamboat Springs, died in Port Chester just more than 10 weeks ago, on May 18. His death was ruled a suicide by the Medical Examiner's Office.

City lets DOW lead bear-shooting investigation

The Colorado Division of Wildlife continues its investigation into the shooting of a bear in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins said the DOW has a single suspect but that the investigation is pending further interviews to be conducted by DOW District Wildlife Manager Danielle Domson, who he said was out of the office Tuesday.

Haskins said the DOW is investigating wildlife violations only.

"I'm not sure if (the Steamboat Springs Police Department) will pursue charges, but they certainly could," said Haskins, referring to the fact a firearm was discharged within city limits. "I think, at this point, they're going to let us pursue our investigation."

Steamboat Springs Police Sgt. Rich Brown said he doesn't think the city will pursue its own charges because the consequences of the DOW investigation are more severe.

The 200- to 300-pound male bear was shot in the head July 20 in the alleyway parallel to Eighth and Ninth streets, between Pine and Aspen streets.

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