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   Charges could be filed as soon as Tuesday morning against a Wellston City Councilwoman who allegedly attacked a resident during Monday night's council meeting.  

   Police say it began as a verbal altercation between council member Helen Jackson and an older woman who was addressing the council.  But it escalated into a physical altercation after Jackson left her seat behind the podium and approached the woman, allegedly grabbing her arm.  Police intervened, restraining Jackson.  

   The victim was taken to the hospital.  Her condition isn't known.  

   The meeting broke up before the council could vote on the Mayor's appointment of former Pine Lawn Police Chief Rickey Collins with the Wellston police department.

   Collins was hired after being fired by Pine Lawn for undisclosed reasons last month.  

   Wellston Police Chief G.T. Walker says he doesn't want Collins on his force, in part because of questions surrounding his record on the job.  "We're in the process of rebuilding the name of the city of Wellston, the police department and all of the other departments," Walker said.  "I feel that we need to hire the best that we can, with the cleanest records that we can so that we can move forward."

   Walker also noted that Collins had fired many of the former Pine Lawn police officers who currently work in Wellston's department.

   Collins says he believes Walker and the other officers who oppose him are looking for revenge.

   DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled in favor of a transgender 6-year-old child who was barred from using the girls' bathroom at Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain.

   The Denver Post reports that the New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund said Sunday it would a hold a news conference Monday to explain the decision affecting Coy Mathis.

   The fund filed the complaint on behalf of Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, claiming that Coy has been discriminated against.

   Kathryn Mathis said in a statement that the family is "thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her."

   The Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 told Coy's parents in December that the first-grader would not be able to continue to use the girls' restroom after the holiday break.

St. Louis bakery not part of Twinkies comeback

Monday, 24 June 2013 01:37 Published in Local News

   Twinkies snack cakes may be back on store shelves next month, but the bakery jobs that left St. Louis when Hostess closed up shop here aren't coming back.  

   Metropoulos & Company, and Apollo Global Management bought Hostess cakes earlier this year for $410 million.  Both companies are known for buying troubled brands and then selling them for a profit.  

   Since the sale, Hostess headquarters have been moved from Texas to Kansas City, Missouri and production has been consolidated from 11 bakery plants to four.  The plant in St. Louis was eliminated. 

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