News for Thursday, February 2, 2012

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‘Contraband’ snatches story from others of its kind

You can find a lot of things in cargo containers that probably weren’t supposed to leave their country of origin. Speaking of which, if you open those big metal doors, the light of day might reveal the pilfered plotlines of the crime drama “Contraband.” In a previous life, Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) was the best smuggler in the business, able to find a way to bring anything and everything into the port of New Orleans. Those days are behind him now, as he tries to go down the straight and narrow path, providing for his family, lest he end up like his incarcerated father (William Lucking). When his wife’s (Kate Beckinsale) younger brother (Caleb Landry Jones) is brutalized following a failed attempt to bring cocaine into the country, Chris isn’t too happy about having to clean up his mess. That means getting back in touch with scumbags he never wanted to see again — in this case, bottom-dweller Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), who demands thousands of dollars as repayment for the botched drug deal.

MCTA welcomes new member, elects officers

The Moffat County Tourism Association Board met for the first time Wednesday since board appointments were approved by the Moffat County Commission last month. In addition to welcoming new member Christopher Gamble, who moved to Craig from California to take over as general manager of the Holiday Inn of Craig, the board also elected officers for 2012. Bryce Jacobson, Craig Daily Press publisher, was elected chairman. Leona Hemmerich, Tammie Thompson-Booker and Dee Bates will remain in their positions of vice-chairwoman, treasurer and secretary, respectively. The board then addressed ongoing issues regarding a memorandum of understanding between MCTA and the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Craig man convicted in auto theft sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Moffat County District Court judge sentenced a Craig man to 10 years in prison Wednesday for his role in an August 2011 auto theft. The judge said 26-year-old Jarod Bays’ prior criminal history also factored into her decision. “We’ve been joined at the hip for almost as long as I’ve been a judge, and I had so much hope for you,” Judge Shelley Hill told Bays. “But, Mr. (Jon) Pfeifer is right. I have been too lenient with you and you’re going to get sober because I am sentencing you to 10 years in (the Department of Corrections). “I hope your days of being a tough guy are over because if you’re a tough guy in prison, you’re going to get beaten to a pulp.”

Convicted sex offender sentenced to 15 years to life in prison

Cyril Joseph Lenahan IV, 44, of Craig, sentenced Wednesday in district court

More than 30 people attended Wednesday’s sentencing hearing in Moffat County District Court for a Craig resident a jury convicted of sexual assault against a child. Cyril Joseph Lenahan IV, 44, of Craig, was convicted in November 2011 of one count of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, a Class 3 felony; one count of sexual assault on a child, a Class 4 felony; and one count of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust, a Class 4 felony. Judge Shelley Hill presided over the case. She sentenced Lenahan to 15 years to life in prison.