Investigations ongoing in several Craig-area cases
The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office investigation into the shooting of a 2-year-old Dinosaur girl is continuing.
The girl was allegedly shot Oct. 4 by her 4-year-old brother in what authorities consider to be an accident.
Sheriff’s office investigators said the firearm was a large caliber handgun, which was left in an area accessible to the children.
K.C. Hume, chief investigator for the sheriff’s office, said the case has been submitted to the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for consideration of criminal charges against the gun’s owner.
However, Hume said the office had not filed charges as of Tuesday.
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Hume said he heard the girl had recently been released from St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, but the sheriff’s office has not made contact with the family since its initial investigation.
The girl was shot in the arm and the bullet did not hit any bones or organs, investigators said.
The child was driven to Rangely District Hospital, and then flown to St. Mary’s Hospital, investigators said.
One fire closed, one under investigation
Sheriff’s office investigators are also continuing to look into a case involving an Oct. 3 fire north of Craig.
Out-of-town visitors allegedly ignited the fire when they were shooting targets with a .22 caliber gun. Authorities said the incident involved an adult and two juveniles who were firing tracer rounds from the gun, which include an incendiary device.
The fire consumed three acres of a 20-acre parcel managed by the Bureau of Land Management near Bypass Road.
Hume said the case is still being investigated. Criminal charges against the individual may be pending, but none had been filed as of Tuesday, Hume said.
The case of another fire, which began Oct. 2 about five feet from 560 Behrman Road, has been closed, Hume said.
The fire did not damage any structures and no one was injured, authorities said. It burned less than one acre.
Courthouse break-in investigation ongoing
Craig Police Department Sgt. John Forgay said the department is keeping the case of a break-in at the Moffat County Courthouse open.
The courthouse was broken into Nov. 11, 2009, when it was closed for Veterans Day.
Forgay said the case is “in limbo” while the department continues to investigate leads.
Original leads the department received shortly after the incident did not “come to fruition,” he said.
But, that hasn’t stopped the department from continuing to investigate further information or cases possibly related, he said.
“Occasionally something might come up that might look like it has a connection and then we try to run that down, and see if there is truly any connection to the courthouse,” he said. “We have had some that we get information that shows maybe something similar has happened somewhere else, and we’ll see if there is any connection there, but nothing really has panned out.”
Forgay said it was unclear how many people broke into the courthouse and no forced entry point was found.
Several items were missing from various offices in the courthouse, including cameras, a laptop, checkbook, cash and vehicle titles, in addition to property that was damaged during the break-in, Forgay said.
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