ICE DAM SPARKS FLOOD WATCH
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.