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A flash-flood watch, over con­cerns about an ice dam, is in ef­fect through Fri­day af­ter­noon on Colorado’s Western Slope along the up­per Gun­ni­son River Val­ley.

Mi­nor flood­ing is al­ready oc­cur­ring along the river near Esty Ranch be­cause of an ice jam, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

The large piece of ice could dis­lodge and rush down­stream, po­ten­tially caus­ing the wa­ter to rise from 5 to 8 feet, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

The flash-flood watch is posted be­tween Al­mont and Gun­ni­son.

Three lo­cal pup­pies make ros­ter. Three Den­ver pups

are pre­par­ing to com­pete in one of the big­gest Amer­i­can sports event of the year: Puppy Bowl XII.

Den­ver7 re­ports that Moose and Ol­lie, both poo­dle-mixes res­cued from south­east­ern Colorado, make up part of Team Fluff. At 7.2 pounds, Ri­ley, a dachs­hund, is the big­gest of the Den­ver com­peti­tors and plays on Team Ruff, which he joined as a last­minute sub­sti­tute.

This year’s Puppy Bowl is sched­uled for Feb. 7 on An­i­mal Planet. Pre-game cov­er­age be­gins at 12:30 p.m..

Sandlin con­victed in 11-day crime spree

B jef­fer­son county» A man who es­caped from the Jef­fer­son County jail in 2014 was con­victed Wed­nes­day of 32 felony counts for a crime spree he com­mit­ted over the 11 days he was on the loose.

Travis Sandlin stole sev­eral ve­hi­cles across the Front Range, broke into a num­ber of garages and homes, and stole lap­tops, credit cards and other items dur­ing his ram­page.

Pam Rus­sel, spokes­woman for the county district at­tor­ney’s of­fice, said a jury came back with their ver­dict Tues­day night af­ter de­lib­er­at­ing for more than a day. Sandlin’s trial be­gan Jan. 4.

The 34-year-old was in­dicted in Fe­bru­ary of 35 counts in the case.

Rus­sell said Sandlin’s crimes spanned six law en­force­ment ju­ris­dic­tions.

Sandlin be­came the first per­son to ever es­cape from the jail when on Oct. 5, 2014, he broke through a small gap in wire fenc­ing en­cas­ing an out­door recre­ation area and jumped down sev­eral roofs.

He was ar­rested Oct. 15 in Boul­der af­ter ram­ming an ar­mored SWAT ve­hi­cle with a stolen van.

Sandlin had a long crim­i­nal his­tory dat­ing back 15 years at the time of his es­cape that in­cluded con­vic­tions for bur­glary, car theft and fraud.

Sandlin is set to be sen­tenced March 14.

Re­trial moved to Jef­fer­son County

B grand junc­tion» The re­trial of a man ac­cused of killing his wife in Mesa County in 2001 is mov­ing to the Front Range.

The Daily Sentinel re­ported that Chief Judge David Bottger ruled Tues­day that Michael Blagg will be tried in Jef­fer­son County.

Blagg was con­victed of mur­der and sen­tenced to life in prison in the shoot­ing death of his wife, Jen­nifer.

He won a new trial in 2014 af­ter the judge de­ter­mined that a ju­ror con­cealed her ex­pe­ri­ence with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in or­der to serve on the jury.

Lawyers on both sides agree that it would be dif­fi­cult to seat a jury in Grand Junc­tion af­ter 15 years of pub­lic­ity on the case.

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