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On May 24, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office received report of a fire inside the Eagle Valley High School. When deputies arrived they spoke to the principal, who said someone set a recycle bin on fire inside the school.

Sometime after 6:45 p.m., an unidentified male party walked past the high school custodian and went around a nearby corner. Moments later, the custodian smelled smoke, ran down the hallway and discovered a recycle bin fully engulfed in flames.

The suspect was described as 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6, weighing approximately 150-160 pounds with blonde hair, about high school age. He was wearing khaki shorts of knee length and a white T-shirt.

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 www.tipsubmit.com, 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.

Deputies responded to the Eagle County Fairgrounds in Eagle after a handgun was accidentally fired at a gun show on May 18.

A vendor thought the .40-caliber pistol was unloaded when he secured the trigger with a Zip Tie. Fortunately he was pointing the gun away from people as the gun fired a hollow-point round into the floor by his feet.

Officers lectured the vendor about properly handling the weapon and gave him a warning for illegal discharge of a firearm. The promoter of the gun show requested the vendor to leave.

Car accident

A 30-year-old driver caused an accident on U.S. Highway 6 and 24 in Minturn on May 20 while trying to make a U-turn.

A deputy happened to pass by shortly after the accident and saw a crowd gathered around an injured 62-year-old man. The man had a broken leg and bloody nose.

The 30-year-old said she was trying to turn around. She had put on her right turn signal, planning to turn right, when she saw a better place on the other side of the road and decided to turn left. The 62-year-old's car hit her car on the rear driver-side passenger door as the 30-year-old turned left.

The woman was cited for careless driving causing bodily injury.

Deputies responded to an assault at a concert venue in Bond on May 21.

Security officers introduced the deputies to a 20-year-old man who had a bruise above his left eye, a cut on the bridge of his nose, a bloody mouth, and a scratch and swelling on the middle knuckle of his right hand.

The man said he was standing around a bonfire when a man with dark shoulder-length hair and a beard approached and accused him of "talking smack." The 20-year-old didn't know him or what he was talking about and the man punched him. The punch knocked the 20-year-old to the ground, where he hit his head on a rock, and the bearded man jumped on top of him until he fought him off.

The suspect left the scene and was never found.

A deputy stopped a 71-year-old driver on Berry Creek Road in Edwards on May 26 when he saw the man wasn't wearing a seat belt.

The man's eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his breath smelled of alcohol. He said he had been playing golf.

A background check revealed that his driver license was revoked for an alcohol offense. He was arrested for driving under restraint.

The deputy searched the man as he took him into custody and found six pull tabs from Budweiser cans. The man said he collected them for a friend. There were numerous boxes of Budweiser in the bed of the truck but the deputy didn't see any open containers.

The man said he didn't drink before, during or after his golf game. He said his breath smelled of alcohol because he drank the night before and his eyes were bloodshot because of hay fever.

The man submitted to a blood test and was booked into jail for driving under restraint, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a seat belt.

Deputies kicked down a door and rescued two small dogs from a structure fire on Nottingham Road in Avon on May 28. The dog owners watched from afar and were soon reunited with their pets.

• A locked gate and a post it was connected to were pulled out of the ground at the Territories Trail in Cordillera between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 21. Dually tire tracks were at the scene. Security footage is being reviewed for dually trucks entering the main gate that day.

• A set of Subaru BBS gold rims with Bridgestone tires was stolen from the back porch of a residence on Eagle Drive in Eagle-Vail between May 22-24. The rims were locked to a post with a chain, which was apparently cut and stolen as well. The total estimated value of the stolen items is $4,250.

• A stop sign was stolen from the intersection of Deer Boulevard and Stone Creek Drive in Eagle-Vail sometime in mid-May.


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