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Former county employee admits to embezzlement (1)

May 4, 2015 — 

EAGLE — Brenda Wright’s voice cracked slightly as she admitted embezzling as much as $158,000 from Eagle County taxpayers.Wright, 55, pleaded guilty to theft and embezzlement of public property, both …

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Court knocks Aspen Art Museum climber down a few notches (2)

April 30, 2015 — 

What appears to be downtown Aspen’s most popular illegal climbing wall continues to be a source of tomfoolery.On Wednesday, an Aspen newcomer pleaded guilty to trespassing after police popped him …

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Former Aspen skiing coach pleads not guilty to sex crimes (3)

April 30, 2015 — 

A former Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club coach, who also is the father of a TV reality star, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of sexual assault and incest, …

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Vail Valley man injured in hash oil explosion (4)

April 29, 2015 — 

EAGLE-VAIL — Colorado’s marijuana industry has taken off with a bang — literally. An Eagle-Vail man said a malfunctioning valve in his legal hash oil cooking system caused an explosion …

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Local man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide (5)

April 27, 2015 — 

EAGLE — Cuhatlique Cardenas wanted to open an authentic Mexican restaurant with her father, John. She won’t. She’s dead. Hugo Castillo Marquez, by all accounts a good kid with a …

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Woman arrested after alleged false report of armed robbery in Gypsum (6)

April 27, 2015 — 

GYPSUM — A New Castle woman was charged with false reporting after allegedly locking herself in the office of a liquor store and telling police armed men were robbing the …

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Woman’s Porsche license plate aids in Aspen shoplifting arrest (7)

April 22, 2015 — 

Authorities arrested a part-time Woody Creek resident Tuesday night on suspicion of shoplifting from a high-end Aspen clothing store more than two years ago.Pitkin County Deputy Ryan Turner apprehended Jillian …

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Bust nails top Rifle meth dealer, authorities say (8)

April 21, 2015 — 

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Authorities believe they caught Rifle’s main methamphetamine supplier and his California connection in a roundup last week that included seven arrests and seizure of 3 pounds of …

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Judge sets August trial date for Summit County machete attack (9)

April 15, 2015 — 

A deputy driving down Swan Mountain Road in the early morning hours discovered a man stumbling in the dark, bloody, with deep gashes to his face and hand.“Please help me. …

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Traci Cunningham murder trial postponed, moved (10)

April 8, 2015 — 

EAGLE — Another murder trial has been postponed and moved out of Eagle County because of problems seating a jury.Traci Cunningham’s murder trial was supposed to run three weeks beginning …

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Cunningham murder trial begins Monday (11)

April 6, 2015 — 

EAGLE — Prosecutors say Traci Cunningham drove her adoptive mother to a remote part of Eagle County and shot her to death.Traci Cunningham said she’s not guilty, and her defense …

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Burns man gets probation after cops give him his guns back (12)

March 23, 2015 — 

EAGLE - Six years ago, the Eagle County Sheriff’s office returned a Burns man’s firearms after he finished probation. Now he’s back on probation for having many of those same …

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Local man jailed after leading police on afternoon chase (13)

March 17, 2015 — 

WOLCOTT — A local man faces at least 11 criminal charges for an afternoon escapade Tuesday.Police say Mario Atencio, 25, was perched on a mountainside in Wolcott near the Eagle …

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Defibrillator stolen from Beaver Creek bus stop (14)

March 17, 2015 — 

BEAVER CREEK - A felony theft hits a local life-saving organization right in the heart.A public defibrillator, placed by Starting Hearts, was stolen last week from the bus stop in …

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Charges filed against man in I-70 police chase (15)

March 13, 2015 — 

VAIL — Charges have been filed against the 35-year-old man Edwards man who was arrested on Wednesday after reportedly fleeing authorities as they attempted to make a traffic stop on …

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One arrested, none injured in high-speed chase on I-70 (16)

March 11, 2015 — 

VAIL — A 35-year-old man from Edwards was in custody Wednesday evening facing a series of charges after reportedly fleeing authorities as they attempted to make a traffic stop on …

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Minturn man to stand trial in January shooting (17)

March 5, 2015 — 

EAGLE — Bruce Plummer was shot once in the chest in the predawn hours of Jan. 11. That we know.Whether Jamie Quintana deliberately shot him or was acting in self-defense …

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Man sentenced to nearly a year in Avon hit-and-run (18)

February 25, 2015 — 

EAGLE — Michael Glass created two justice system firsts: one, when he fell into a tearful embrace with his victim in a hit and run asking for forgiveness; and two, …

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Accused killer closer to trial (19)

February 24, 2015 — 

EAGLE — Penny Cunningham believed she was on her way to meet her adopted daughter Traci Cunningham’s fiance and his family, Penny Cunningham’s brother testified Thursday. Instead, Traci Cunningham is …

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Accused embezzler denied probation in District Court (20)

February 20, 2015 — 

EAGLE — An admitted embezzler will not be granted probation, a District Court Judge ruled.Allison Butler-Coyle admitted stealing $122,884.26 from three local businesses. She has repaid $3,696.26 — 3 percent …

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