News briefs for Nov. 10

New phone scam targeting Craig residents

A New York City group is targeting Craig residents in a scam meant to gain access to bank account information, police said.

Several Craig residents have reported receiving calls from a group going by "Easy Grants" and similar names, said Sgt. Bill Leonard of the Craig Police Department.

The group claims to have federal grant money it can distribute for unlimited projects, Leonard said. The minimum grant the group offers usually is $5,000.

In the scam, the caller attempts to extract driver's license numbers and bank account information, promising to deposit grant funds directly in the bank accounts of residents.

The caller also promises to deliver grant paperwork at a later date and provides a telephone number for potential victims to verify the program is legitimate.

The program is not legitimate, police said.

So far, police have no reports of Craig residents falling for the fraud, Leonard said.

Use of the Colorado No Call List and/or the Federal No Call List may help reduce such calls, police said.

Police also advise residents to refrain from providing personal information or financial information over the phone or Internet.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, police said.

Anyone who receives such calls should notify police. Call Leonard at 826-2366 with questions or to report a possible scam.

Two men injured in rollover accident

Two Routt County men were injured in a rollover accident near Wilderness Ranch on Tuesday.

James Graham, 30, of Steamboat Springs and William Duncan, 28, of Stagecoach were taken to The Memorial Hospital after the truck Graham was driving rolled off Forest Service Road 109, about 20 miles northwest of Craig, troopers with the Colorado State Patrol said.

Police said they were not sure whether the men were wearing their seatbelts.

Alcohol and drugs possibly were factors in the accident, according to a report from the State Patrol.

Graham was treated for minor injuries and was released from the hospital Tuesday. He was taken into custody and could be charged with an infraction not yet specified, according to State Patrol statement.

Duncan suffered a concussion and remained at the hospital Tuesday night.

Bell ringers needed for holiday kettle drive

The Craig Service Unit of the Salvation Army will hold its annual holiday kettle drive beginning Nov. 25 and continuing each weekend through the holiday season.

Volunteers are needed to ring the bells for the kettles that will be at Kmart and City Market.

The funds raised during the kettle campaign stay in Moffat County and are used to underwrite summer camps for children as well as emergency support for county residents. This year, funds from the campaign also were used to help Hurricane Katrina evacuees who arrived in Craig.

To sign up as a bell ringer or to make a donation, call LuAnn Kline at First Baptist Church, 824-5926.

Regional voter turnout higher than state

More than half of the registered voters on the Western Slope made it to the polls last week.

The Colorado Secretary of State reports that 135,877 out of 270,090 registered voters in 22 Western Slope counties cast ballots, or 50 percent.

Statewide, nearly 1.1 million of about 2.3 million registered voters, or 46 percent, cast ballots.

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