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May 30, 2012
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A number of Eagle residents were startled to see a bear roaming down Broadway on Memorial Day.

According to Eagle Police Chief Rodger McLaughlin, a number of spectators watched as the animal ambled around downtown, eventually walking up to the Yeti's Coffee House window and peeking inside.

McLaughlin frightened the animal away from the area by shooting some rubber bullets. He noted the ammunition would sting, but not injure the animal.

McLaughlin noted that the spectators Monday were too close to the bear during the incident. He advises giving wildlife a wide berth when they appear in populated areas and he reminded residents that nuisance bears most often have to be put down. He suggested local residents take extra care to keep garbage cans secure and to avoid feeding pets outside, activities that will lure wildlife into town.

Eagle police responded to a condo building in town May 13 when a man called 911 and told a dispatcher, "I need to go to jail right now."

Officers arrived at the scene and the man's girlfriend opened the door. She pointed to a man inside and said he was intoxicated and he had called 911.

When asked what was going on, the man repeated that he needed to go to jail. He said he had been drinking at a local bar and when he came home he got jealous. He said he called 911 to scare his girlfriend.

After explaining that 911 calls were for emergencies only, the officer advised the man he was going to be cited for false reporting. The man said his case was an emotional emergency. The officer did not buy the argument and wrote the ticket. The man asked how much the fine would be and offered to pay it then and there. The officer responded that the man would have to show up for court.

Eventually the man was released to the custody of his mother.

Eagle cops responded to Sylvan Lake State Park May 19 when a ranger requested assistance in dealing with an intoxicated and uncooperative man.

The ranger said he was flagged down by the man's wife. She told the ranger that she and her husband were driving along Brush Creek Road when they began arguing. She prevented her husband from continuing to drive because she said he was too intoxicated.

When the Eagle officer arrived, he helped the ranger place the man in the back of the patrol car. The officer noted the man was unsteady on his feet and that he became belligerent and argumentative after he was placed in the police car.

The man was taken to the Eagle County jail.

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The VailDaily Updated May 30, 2012 12:47PM Published May 30, 2012 12:45PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.