Craig news briefs: Police: Sexually violent predator has moved

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A Craig man who was considered a sexually violent predator has moved from the area, the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office announced Monday morning.

Jeff Hammond, who was convicted of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections, moved to Craig in May.

Law enforcement, as required by state law, announced when Hammond moved to town. Likewise, the Monday notice of his departure was also a requirement, law enforcement officials said.

They provided no further details of where Hammond had moved.

Workers stranded in elevator rescued safely

Craig Fire/Rescue was called to Tri-State Generation & Transmission at 8:45 p.m. Monday because two workers had been stranded in an elevator 300 feet up one of the smokestacks.

Fire trucks arrived, and rope technicians assembled their gear and prepared to climb the 300 feet on a ladder on the outside of the smokestack.

However, the elevator began working, and the workers were returned to the ground safely.

Fire chief Bill Johnston said the elevator malfunction was an electrical one, but the power plant was able to fix the problem before firefighters began the rescue.

Although Johnston said his crew was prepared to attach their harness and rescue the workers from the smokestack - they were stranded about halfway up the 600-foot smokestack - he was glad that his firefighters remained on the ground and the workers returned safely.

"That puts my firefighters in jeopardy," he said. "But everyone's fine."

Lightning is reported cause of Monday fire

Three agencies responded to a wild fire Monday afternoon.

Lightning was the reported cause of a fire on the Butler ranch on Moffat County Road 3. The fire encompassed about 117 acres and was reported about 4:30 p.m.

Craig Fire/Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Land Management responded to the blaze. It was contained about 10:30 p.m.

The fire burned grass and sagebrush. No structures were damaged, Craig Fire/Rescue officials reported.

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