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On March 26, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a Bureau of Animal Protection Agent for the Eagle Valley Humane Society. The agent received information regarding a deceased puppy that appears to be the victim of animal cruelty.

The puppy was found on Forest Service Road 8380, in the Spring Creek area, unincorporated Eagle County, South of the Eagle County Regional Airport in Gypsum. The puppy was between 3 and 6 months of age at the time of death.

If you think you may have any information about the suspects or this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at (970) 328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.

On March 4, deputies contacted a suspected drunk driver in front of an Edwards movie theater.

The 22-year-old man was sitting in his car eating popcorn and smelled of alcohol. The man initially denied drinking and then said he'd been drinking all day.

Deputies asked him to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers, which he didn't complete to their satisfaction. The man was arrested for further investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol and he submitted to a blood test. He was cited for DUI and released to his parents.

A deputy was patrolling a business alley in Avon when he saw a suspicious man.

Most of the businesses in the area were closed and the man started walking away when he saw the officer. The deputy ordered the 27-year-old man to come to him. The man said, "No, I didn't do anything wrong," and started jogging away. The deputy ordered him to stop for questioning several more times and eventually chased the man down.

The man resisted arrest, writhing away from the deputy, even after being taken to the ground. A second deputy arrived and threatened the man with a Taser to get him in handcuffs. Even then, the man lunged at the deputies and was once more "escorted to the ground."

The man had a couple scratches on his face but was otherwise OK. He was cited for obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest.

A deputy was on patrol along Frying Pan Road in southern Eagle County on March 13 when he saw a parked SUV nearby with all its lights off. Several flashes appeared to come from within the car.

A short time later, the SUV started driving with its brights on. The officer followed and pulled it over after it failed to dim its lights for oncoming traffic.

The car smelled of marijuana when the deputy contacted the 20-year-old driver and 22-year-old passenger. The two admitted they had marijuana and paraphernalia in the car and turned it over to the officer.

The driver was cited for driving under the influence of drugs, failing to dim headlights for oncoming traffic and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The passenger was turned over to Basalt Police while the driver submitted to sobriety tests.

A deputy saw a car weaving across a double-yellow center line on U.S. Highway 6 in Avon on March 17 and contacted the driver.

A 19-year-old woman rolled down the driver's side window and identified herself with her older brother's name and birth date. She said she left her license at work and the car wreaked of alcohol.

After the woman failed voluntary roadside sobriety tests, she was arrested for further investigation of DUI. She sobbed in the patrol car, begging the deputy to let her go because she wasn't the type of girl to get in trouble.

Officers discovered her real identity at the Avon Police Department. They asked her why she lied and she said she didn't want to get in trouble - this was her second DUI.

She was cited for DUI and weaving.

On March 18, a deputy stopped a car for speeding on Avon Road.

The 27-year-old driver smelled of alcohol and failed voluntary sobriety tests. She was arrested for further investigation of DUI and chose a breath test.

Her driver's license was revoked and she was jailed for DUI and speeding.

A 44-year-old Beaver Creek ski school supervisor was cited for harassment after an altercation with a 32-year-old employee in his office on March 18.

The employee told deputies he had arranged to borrow his supervisor's snowboard sometimes. He knew his boss would be out that day and figured it would be OK to borrow the snowboard then, which was in the supervisor's office. He said his boss called him into the office a short time later and demanded to have his snowboard back.

The 32-year-old's bindings were on the board and the 44-year-old started taking them off in a hurry. He threw the bindings at the 32-year-old and then a screwdriver as well.

The 32-year-old was hit in the chest and was OK because he was wearing a jacket. He told deputies he wanted to press charges, however.

No one witnessed the incident. The supervisor told officers that he set the bindings on a bench and only tossed the screwdriver to the employee but didn't see if he caught it.

Beaver Creek Public Safety contacted the Eagle County Sheriff's Office on March 19 and said a suspect for a snowboard theft that was reported on March 12 had been identified.

The man who owned the snowboard had his name engraved on it by the serial number and reported the theft on the same day it went missing from a ski rack.

On March 18, a friend of the snowboard's rightful owner saw a man getting on the bus with it. He asked the man where he got it and the man said he bought it from a guy for $100.

On March 19, another friend of the victim saw the board and followed the suspect to an apartment in Avon. He asked the man for his name. The man told him and said he worked at Mid-Vail.

That same day, Beaver Creek Public Safety found video surveillance of the theft in question. A man in black ski pants and a black jacket with a blue backpack walked up to a ski rack carrying a snowboard. He picked up another snowboard and walked off with both boards. BCPS also searched the ski pass data base for the man's name and workplace, and found a suspect matching the description. The victim's friend said that was the guy.

Officers contacted the 34-year-old suspect at his apartment. The man showed them the snowboard and said he bought it for $100. They asked him what he usually wears snowboarding and he said black pants and jacket. A blue backpack was also seen in his apartment.

The suspect denied stealing the board until the deputies showed him the surveillance footage and then he said it was him. He was cited for theft.

The man who owned the snowboard said it was worth $910.

An ATV rider discovered a smoldering log inside a large culvert under Interstate 70 in Gypsum on March 24.

A deputy responded and found cans of spray paint matching colors of graffiti in the area in addition to the burning log, which had a partially melted bottle of lighter fluid on top of it.

The Gypsum Fire Protection District extinguished the log.

A deputy stopped a car in Gypsum on March 24 for having illegally tinted windows.

The 25-year-old driver identified himself by a fake name and did not have any wallet or identification. Eventually the officer got in touch with the owner of the vehicle, who identified the 25-year-old.

It turned out that the 25-year-old's license had been revoked for an alcohol offense. He was arrested for criminal impersonation and driving without a license, and warned for the windows being tinted too dark.

A 55-year-old man said his wheelchair was stolen from the Catamount Bridge Campground on March 25. It was a black and gray dual-drive Permobile C500 worth about $26,000.

On March 26, a Holy Cross Electric employee reported that a transformer on Red Hill in Gypsum had been shot with what looked to be a .45-caliber gun. He said it was lucky the transformer was on a de-energized line, because if it was live it would have started a fire. A new transformer is estimated to cost $875.

A man flying out of Eagle County Regional Airport on March 26 reported that a laptop worth $4,000 was stolen from a checked bag.

He discovered the computer was missing when he got home. Also inside his suitcase was a card from the Transportation Security Administration stating the bag had been routinely searched.

A deputy was driving on U.S. Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail when a car going the other way failed to dim its high beams.

The officer turned around and followed the car. He observed that the vehicle's license plate lamp was defective and watched the car weave across a fog line. He stopped the car as it entered an apartment complex.

The deputy immediately smelled marijuana when he contacted the 19-year-old driver. The deputy asked the man if he had anything in the car he shouldn't and the man handed over a pipe and baggie of marijuana.

The man was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of drugs and failing to drive in a single lane. He was warned for failing to dim his headlights to oncoming traffic and for the defective license plate lamp, and released to his sober girlfriend.

A woman reported that a pair of gold earrings worth $100 was stolen while she was at a Beaver Creek restaurant on March 28.

She said she set a box containing the earrings on a chair, got up to talk to a friend nearby, and the box was gone when she returned. Other diners said they saw a man pick up the box and walk away.

• A deputy was patrolling Interstate 70 in Avon on March 2 when he saw a pickup with an obscured license plate and a shattered back window. The 36-year-old driver's license was under suspension. He was cited for driving with a suspended license and obstructed plates.

• A white and teal seven-speed Beach Cruiser bicycle worth $200 was stolen from a carport in Miller Ranch in Edwards on March 10.

• Four young residents of an Eagle-Vail apartment were cited for disorderly conduct after a neighbor complained about the noise they were making. The residents had received multiple warnings for noise complaints since January.

• A backpack with backcountry ski gear was stolen from a locked car on Bellflower Drive in unincorporated Eagle County near Vail between March 8 and 10. The owner said the thief likely gained access through a window that was partially open. The total worth of the gear was estimated at $900.

• Four tires with black rims worth $1,000 were stolen from an unlocked barn on Nottingham Ranch Road in Avon sometime during the winter.

• An employee at an apartment complex in Avon reported that the rear window of her car was broken between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on March 22 while she was working. The damage is estimated to cost $300.

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