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9th Judicial District

The commitment of a CASA of the Ninth volunteer, is to see the child or children involved twice a month. This special time between the volunteer and the child, or children, provides the volunteer with vital information to give the courts. Volunteers also write court reports on behalf of the child. 

CASA of the Ninth was established in the Roaring Fork Valley in 2011. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Volunteers are placed with a "CASA", which may contain 1 child, or a few children. CASA volunteers do a great service to both the abused or neglected children as well as the court system. 

District Attorney Jeff Cheney is trying new tactics for recruiting and retaining top talent.

DA brings back sex assault exam program

Dec 28, 2016
Aspen Public Radio

A program to help sexual assault victims get adequate physical care in the tri-county area has been resurrected after four years.

One of the last efforts Sherry Caloia has made before she steps down as the district attorney for the Ninth Judicial District next month is re-establishing the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner — or SANE —program.

Valley Roundup for Oct. 24, 2016

Oct 21, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Valley Roundup, Oct. 14, 2016

Oct 14, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Accusations of corruption in the Garfield County commissioner race surfaced this week, angering one of the candidates.

Garfield Commissioner Martin repaid $1,800 to county after auditDems to Martin: Quit or face indictment

Valley Roundup for Morning Edition

Apr 15, 2016

The Garfield County Sheriff is taking aim at District Attorney Sherry Caloia. In emails between the two elected officials, the sheriff calls her incompetent and ignorant. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason to discuss the context around that description is Glenwood Post Independent editor Randy Essex.

Postal worker Emilio Pennini deported from U.S.

Mar 14, 2016
Immigration and Customs Enforcement

  A troubled postal worker has been deported from the country. We have an update on a case that involved federal courts, immigration officials, firearms and a restraining order filed by a local woman.

18-year-old Andres Carrillo-Delara is being held on a $25,000 dollar bond at the Garfield County jail, after an hours-long incident on Tuesday.

Carbondale standoff ends peacefully

Feb 16, 2016
Elise Thatcher

  The town of Carbondale breathed a sigh of relief yesterday/Tuesday after law enforcement resolved a standoff.

Glenwood Springs man pleads guilty to child pornography

Jan 20, 2016
velonation.com

The US Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that Glenwood Springs resident Luis Alfonso Aragon Gallegos has pleaded guilty to twenty-two counts of creating child pornography.

Pot shop owner says robbery charges fair

Dec 30, 2015
Elise Thatcher

  Three adult males have been formally charged with robbing a Carbondale marijuana shop.  The men appeared in court Wednesday.

Bond increased for two suspects in pot shop robbery

Dec 8, 2015
Elise Thatcher

  Four males are suspected of carrying out-- or helping with-- Monday’s armed robbery at a Carbondale marijuana dispensary.  On Tuesday, a judge doubled bond for two of men to $200,000 each. One is recently from Brooklyn, New York, and the other from Palm Springs, California.

DA’s office beefs up fraud investigations

Nov 11, 2015
911criminalattorney.com

  District Attorney Sherry Caloia is cracking down on fraud. She’s hired and trained an investigator who’s focused on sniffing out embezzlement and other white collar crime. Caloia is no stranger to the issue. Before she was District Attorney, an employee at her private practice stole tens of thousands of dollars in the late 2000’s, and also used Caloia’s office to launder money from the Town of Marble.

Assistant Pitkin County Attorney selected to be judge

Sep 16, 2015

Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed a new judge for the Ninth Judicial District that serves the Roaring Fork Valley.

Creative Commons/Flickr/Brian Turner

The field of candidates to fill a vacant judge post that serves the Roaring Fork Valley, has been narrowed down. 

A local committee will interview applicants today for the seat that will be vacated by Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Gail Nichols.

New felony DUI law could mean safer streets

Aug 11, 2015
http://jamespublishing.com/

  A new Colorado law might make life a little safer in the Roaring Fork Valley. If someone is caught driving drunk for the fourth time, a new statewide law makes a that a felony offense.

  Basalt resident Christine Tinner has been ordered to pay tens of thousands of dollars in restitution. She accidentally killed an Illinois woman in a crash last summer. Tinner must pay more than thirty thousand dollars to the family of Meleyna Kistner.

No bond for Aspen man held on weapons charges

Jun 26, 2015
Aspen Police Department

An Aspen man is being held without bond in the Grand Junction area. He faces charges after illegally having a gun at Aspen’s Post Office, where he was an employee. A Grand Junction magistrate denied fifty-six-year old Mauro Emilio Pennini bond on Thursday, saying he poses a danger to people in the Aspen area.

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