News for Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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Craig man sentenced in child pornography case

Christopher Genova receives 12 years in prison, 10 years to life of probation

A Craig man arrested in December 2011 and again in March on child pornography and sexual assault charges was sentenced Tuesday afternoon in Moffat County District Court. Christopher Frederick Genova, 39, was sentenced to the stipulated maximum sentence of 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for possession of sexually exploitative material, a Class 3 felony, and possession of child pornography, a Class 4 felony. A concurrent sentence of probation for 10 years to life also was handed down by Michael O'Hara, chief judge of the 14th Judicial District, for solicitation to commit sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, a Class 4 felony. The sentence was delivered in accordance to a June plea agreement between Genova and the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

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Peace Pit improves to take top honors in 2012 BBQ State Championship

The Colorado State BBQ Championship at Craig is an event that has managed to exceed expectations of its annual competitors for the past three years. It’s a contest Bob Sammons, of Oops BBQ in Grand Junction, said epitomizes the spirit of fair play in the “sport” of competitive barbecue cooking. A lot of credit for the atmosphere, Sammons and wife Louise said, is due to the Craig and Moffat County community, which has embraced the BBQ championship as evidenced by the partnership this year with the Moffat County Balloon Festival. “This is our third year, we come here every year, and this is the best event in the state,” Sammons said. “Sometimes when people become successful they stop trying to innovate, but not this group. They’re trying to improve it every year, they ask us for our feedback and the balloons were just wonderful.”

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Body-building worship group inspires Craig congregation

New Creation Church members were awed by feats of tremendous strength Sunday, as well as personal stories. The John Jacobs Next Generation Power Force team conducted two services at the church, 520 Westridge Road. The team of former bodybuilders and NFL players prompted big crowds, congregation member Jessica Ashton said. At the first performance Sunday morning, the church was just under capacity, with about 170 people in attendance.