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On April 18, a woman called deputies after finding an old acquaintance in her kitchen.

The Gypsum resident said she was sitting at the computer when she heard noises in the kitchen. She investigated, expecting to find her husband home early from work. A 43-year-old woman she hadn't seen in five years was standing in front of the refrigerator with the door open. The resident asked the intruder what she was doing and the woman replied, "Just looking."

The woman didn't appear normal to the resident. Her pupils were very small and she was shaking. The resident asked her to leave. The woman said, "Really," turned around and walked out the door, mumbling, "Sorry." She got into a car that was left running and drove off.

The resident didn't know what to do at first. She called deputies because she was concerned for the woman.

Officers contacted the suspect as she drove into the parking lot of an apartment where they thought she might be living. They asked her how she was feeling and if she had taken any drugs. The woman said she was feeling bad, hadn't taken her Prozac and had been drinking.

The deputies asked her to perform voluntary roadside tests, which she failed and they arrested her for further investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol.

She was jailed for DUI.

Deputies responded to a fight in progress at an Eagle-Vail apartment complex on April 15.

Two men who were brothers-in-law were drinking and got into an argument that turned physical. Another brother-in-law got involved and then an unknown woman hit one of the men in the head with a rock.

The 26- and 27-year-old men were treated for minor injuries. None of them wanted to press charges against anyone but one man was found to be in violation of a court order that prohibited him from drinking alcohol and he was arrested.

A woman at the scene was found to have a warrant for her arrest and she was taken to jail as well.

Around 5 a.m. on April 16, a deputy saw a car parked on Trail Gulch Road in Gypsum.

The car was idling and a 21-year-old man was slumped over the wheel, sleeping. The deputy tried to wake him for several minutes by knocking on the window and shining a flashlight in his eyes before he succeeded by kicking the tires and getting the steering wheel to move.

The officer asked the man if he was OK and if he knew where he was. The man said he was in Edwards, waiting for his sister to get off work at midnight. The man's speech was slurred and he displayed other signs of intoxication.

The deputy asked the man to get out of the car several times but the man resisted. Eventually the officer contacted the man's mother on his cell phone. The woman told her son to cooperate and refuse voluntary roadside tests and elect a blood test.

The man did as his mom suggested and was arrested for further investigation of DUI. He fell asleep in the back of the patrol car on the way to the hospital for a blood test, which the deputy noted as unusual for someone who had just been arrested.

The man was booked for DUI and obstructing a peace officer.

• An unlocked car was rummaged and some items were stolen from it while it was parked on Angela Lane in Edwards on April 11.

• A rock was thrown through the windshield of a parked car on Horse Mountain Road in Wolcott between April 8 and 13.

• A black Corvette parked at the residence of a Gypsum Town Council member on Riverview Road was "keyed" or scratched on every panel between April 13 and 14. An empty beer can was on the hood when the damage was discovered. The cost of repair is estimated at $5,000.

• A bike was stolen from a garage on Prairie Circle in Edwards on April 11 after the door was left open.

• Several items were stolen from an unlocked truck on Polar Star Road in Edwards on April 11.


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The VailDaily Updated Apr 25, 2012 01:29PM Published Apr 25, 2012 01:27PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.