AUTOPSY SET MONDAY FOR CRASH VICTIM
meeker» An autopsy is scheduled Monday for the victim of a plane crash Thursday in northwest Colorado.
Witnesses reported hearing an explosion Thursday, and authorities found the body and wreckage of the plane the next day in a remote area about 15 miles west of Meeker.
The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and rescue crews searched the area again Saturday.
A witness reported hearing a plane rev its engines before the explosion.
Air traffic controllers confirmed that a single-engine Bonanza 35 flying from Salt Lake City to Granby disappeared from their radar and searchers found wreckage using the coordinates of its last known location.
Aspen Gay Ski Week to bring in big money
B aspen» The 39th annual Aspen Gay Ski Week kicked off Sunday, and this year’s event promises to be an economic powerhouse, the Aspen Times reports.
Revenue from hotelroom sales for the event has more than doubled from $300,000 in 2015 to $700,000 this year. Aspen Gay Ski Week chairman Kevin McManamon said this year’s spike in sales is largely due to the event’s first-time media sponsorship with Logo TV, the “gay epicenter of culture” channel.
The network will broadcast special events during the week, which runs through Jan. 24.
Husband reports wanted business owner missing
B rifle» A Rifle business owner, wanted for failing to appear in court earlier this month, has been reported missing, the Post Independent reports.
Kyra Fief, who has agreed to pay $104,888 in restitution for unremitted sales tax and legal fees, failed to appear in Rifle Municipal Court on Jan. 6 after the city asked that the remainder of her one-year jail sentence be reinstated.
Fief ’s husband reported her missing Jan. 8.
Walter Stowe, public information officer with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, said foul play is not suspected and deputies are not actively searching for Fief.
After Fief agreed to make monthly restitution payments of $4,649, Judge Victor Zerbi suspended 355 days of her one-year jail sentence in August. After making the first payment in September, a check for October’s payment bounced, court administrator Kathy Pototsky told Zerbi in court on Jan. 6. Fief still owes $99,239.
Authorities say DNA tests needed to confirm ID
B cheyenne» Authorities say it will take DNA testing to identify a suspect — who later died — in the Friday stabbing of his wife, the couple’s two young sons and his wife’s father in Cheyenne.
Investigators say the man fled in a car and crashed on Interstate 25 in northern Colorado, then walked back onto the roadway, where he was struck by multiple vehicles and died.
Cheyenne police officers had gone to the home late Friday after receiving several hang-up 911 calls. Officers found four people with multiple stab wounds from a knife. The victims were taken to a hospital and are in stable condition.
Police say officers were told that Randall Van Woerkom, 30, attacked his family after he was confronted by allegations of infidelity.