Mussel worry leads to Farmington boat ban
FARMINGTON City officials in Farmington have banned all boats from the citys reservoir because of concerns it may become infested with invasive mussels.
Public Works Director Jeff Smaka said tests at Farmington Lake last year showed no signs of quagga or zebra mussels. But the City Council is concerned enough to close the lake while it does a vulnerability analysis.
The small clam-like creatures are spreading across the west and can clog water intakes and control gates and change a lakes ecosystem. They often spread to new areas by hitching rides on boats that are brought by trailer from one lake to another.
The lake remains open to shore fishing.
Ex-sheriff who traded meth for sex out of jail
CENTENNIAL A former Colorado sheriff who acknowledged trading methamphetamine for sex was released from jail Saturday.
Patrick Sullivan, 69, was released after spending about 2½ weeks in the Arapahoe County jail, current Sheriff Grayson Robinson said. Sullivan was sentenced April 3 to 38 days in jail, with credit for eight days already served, and two years of probation for felony possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of solicitation for prostitution.
Robinson said Sullivan was released after 18 days because he complied with jail rules and didnt commit any additional crimes. He said the good-time computation on the sentence is extended to all inmates.
Sullivan, who was Arapahoe County sheriff from 1984 to 2002, was arrested after a sting operation last year in which investigators say he offered methamphetamine to a man in exchange for sex. He was held in a jail that was once named after him.
Charges of distribution of methamphetamine and attempting to influence a public servant were dismissed.
Broker gets 30 years for stealing from elderly
DENVER A 49-year-old insurance broker who stole large amounts of money from elderly clients has been sentenced to 30 years in prison and must pay more than $1.4 million in restitution.
Mendenhall was convicted of 25 counts of securities fraud and theft after prosecutors said he persuaded the victims to invest with him in return for promissory notes. He was accused of using their money to pay off other investors and to fund his personal lifestyle, instead of investing the money.