News briefs for Jan. 10

Kilpatrick preliminary hearing rescheduled

The Craig man who police say attempted to murder his girlfriend in November had his preliminary hearing postponed Monday.

William Daniel Kilpatrick, 24, was arrested Nov. 15 and charged with a litany of crimes, including trying to sexually assault and kill his girlfriend at their Craig home.

A preliminary hearing for Kilpatrick was scheduled for Monday morning in Moffat County Court, but his lawyer asked for a continuance.

The judge will reschedule the preliminary hearing Jan. 17.

Two weeks after Kilpatrick's arrest, a judge set his bond at $1 million. He has been in jail since.

At the hearing in November, County Judge Mary Lynne James said she would consider lowering Kilpatrick's bond at the preliminary hearing.

Kilpatrick, according to court documents, strangled his girlfriend, threatened her with a knife, dragged her into their house and struck her toddler son.

When police arrested Kilpatrick, they reported finding a letter in his pocket. In the letter, he said he planned to kill his girlfriend and himself, according to the arrest affidavit.

Sheriff's deputies placed Kilpatrick under suicide watch at Moffat County Jail for a few days after his arrest.

Police warn about two telephone scams

The Craig Police Department is warning residents about two telephone scams.

In one of the scams, a caller claims to work for the victim's bank.

The caller says the victim's account has been "compromised" and asks for the victim's account number so the caller can fix the problem. The caller uses the account number to empty the victim's bank account.

The callers are very convincing and offer a toll-free phone number for the victim to verify the call, police said.

In another scam, a caller tells residents that he or she is offering coupons. To get the coupons, the victim has to give his or her account number or credit card number.

Police encourage residents never to give important personal information, such as their account numbers or credit card numbers, over the phone.

Police encourage residents to call authorities if they think they have been called in a phone scam.

BLM extends public comment period

Bureau of Land Management officials announced Monday they extended the public comment period on proposed methods for managing vegetation in 17 Western states, including Colorado.

The comment period was supposed to end Monday, but the Bureau extended it until Feb. 10.

Extending the deadline will ensure all interested parties have an opportunity to express their views, the bureau said in a prepared statement.

The proposed vegetation-management methods consist of herbicides and non-herbicide methods, such as fire.

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