Steamboat briefs: ACET suspects headed for preliminary hearings


— Two of the three men arrested on felony drug-related charges in an Aug. 31 raid are headed toward preliminary hearings, with mentions of plea offers on the horizon. Attorneys for Alexander Ochoa-Espinoza and Ernesto Sanluis-Espinoza said Wednesday that they expect the case to conclude soon with plea offers from the District Attorney's Office. Ochoa-Espinoza is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Oct. 22, but his attorney, Trevor McFee, said he expects a conclusion before that date.

Randy Salky, representing Sanluis-Espinoza, asked for a continuance before a preliminary hearing is set. Routt County Judge James Garrecht granted the motion, and Sanluis-Espinoza next will appear at 1 p.m. Oct. 7.

The third man, Jorge Orduno-Acuno, is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Oct. 15.

The Northwest Colorado All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested the men in a no-knock raid in the 1400 block of Creekside Court. Officers reportedly discovered a pound of methamphetamine and half a pound of cocaine hidden in the house.

Craig resident Wagner will go to district court Oct. 1

Craig resident Lori Wagner, accused of embezzling $30,000 from a local realty agency, will head to district court at 3 p.m. Oct. 1, when she is expected to accept a plea offer.

The plea offer is not yet finalized, said her lawyer, Stanley Walter, but Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle asked that the case be rescheduled within a week to finalize the case.

Wagner, arrested July 23 and released on bail, is charged with Class 3 felony theft from Axis West Realty.

Cultural integration group seeks bilingual volunteers

Integrated Community is seeking bilingual volunteers to assist the organization with its resource and referral program on Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteers must speak Spanish, enjoy helping the immigrant community and be respectful and mature. Training will be provided. Call Tatiana at 871-4599 or e-mail


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