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The cause of a three-acre fire in Eagle County is currently under investigation.

At 6:22 p.m. last Friday, June 8, the Vail Communications Center received report of a structure fire located at 409 Brooks Lane, Eagle.

The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Eagle County ARFF, Vail Fire Department, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Eagle County Sheriff's Office, Eagle Police Department, Salvation Army, Colorado State Patrol and Western Eagle County Ambulance District responded to a burning shed located approximately 100 yards from multiple mobile homes. The fire then moved to a nearby wildland area and burned three acres.

Currently the structure fire is 100 percent contained. Greater Eagle Fire Protection District and the United Stated Forest Service monitored the wildland fire throughout the night to regulate any potential hot spots.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

The Eagle County Sheriff's Office is asking rafters to use extreme caution on the Eagle River near the Eagle County Fair Grounds. Due to the wildland fire, there may be downed trees causing river obstructions.

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 26, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office was contacted by an 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, south of the Eagle County Regional Airport in Gypsum. The puppy was approximately between 3 and 6 months old 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.

Donors of the Eagle Valley Humane Society are offering an additional $4,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest in this case.

Deputies responded to a report of a couple fighting near a vehicle stopped on the shoulder of eastbound Interstate 70 near Dotsero on May 24.

A 25-year-old woman was seen throwing objects at a 31-year-old man and then getting into the vehicle, which continued on I-70.

Officers caught up with the suspect vehicle - a white pickup with a camper shell - and pulled it over after seeing the truck veer into the left shoulder from the left lane. An officer told the couple about the report of their fight and asked what happened.

The man said he lost his job in Utah and they were on their way back to Denver. The woman was screaming at him, so he pulled over and asked her to get out. She wouldn't, so he pulled her out and she fell down, then started throwing things at him. He said "it probably looked bad" but he "loved her to death."

The woman identified herself with what turned out to be a fake name and initially denied anything happened. Then she said the man did throw her out.

Deputies saw several sores on the woman's face and arms that were consistent with drug users. They asked her if there were any drugs in the car and she said no, if there were any they belonged to the man.

The man denied having any drugs and denied permission to search the vehicle. A drug dog alerted to the driver's door handle two separate times and officers were able to obtain a search warrant. They found a container with needles and multiple burned spoons along with other containers of marijuana and marijuana pipes.

The man was arrested for domestic violence, harassment, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a revoked license and failing to drive in a designated lane. The woman was arrested for criminal impersonation, domestic violence and harassment.

A Wolcott resident called deputies May 30 to report shots being fired from a neighboring house onto his property where he had horses.

Officers went to the house and contacted a group of 19-year-olds who said they were shooting at ground squirrels with a .22-caliber rifle off the back deck. The teen who lived there said he did it often and made sure the gun was always at a downward angle. He estimated about 100 rounds were fired.

A deputy told him he could not shoot rifles from his deck for a few reasons: he was not more than 100 yards from other occupied structures; the property was on a golf course and classified as a resort; and he was under the influence of alcohol.

The young man was cited for prohibited use of a weapon and underage possession and consumption of alcohol. The other teens were not cited since they were led to believe the activity was OK.

Deputies were called to a store in Gypsum on May 31 for a shoplifter that had been caught.

The 38-year-old woman admitted to trying to steal a shirt by stuffing it in her purse and stealing other items from the store in the past. The shirt was worth $10. She was cited for theft and banned from the store.

A deputy stopped a car on Miller Ranch Road in Edwards on June 2 when he saw the two occupants weren't wearing seat belts.

The 21-year-old man apologized and said he had been caught. He added that his driver license was suspended for some tickets he hadn't paid.

He was cited for driving with a suspended license and not wearing a seat belt.

A Gypsum man called deputies on June 3 when he heard a loud banging sound from his neighbor's apartment on Jules Drive.

It was unusual because he usually hears people walking up the stairs after the door opens. When he didn't hear foot steps, he went next door to greet his neighbors and saw their door was kicked in.

The residents had slept through the noise until officers woke them. They had no idea who might be responsible. Nothing appeared to be stolen. The damage was estimated to cost $1,000.

Deputies were called to an Eagle-Vail apartment complex on June 4 when a drunken 19-year-old man was speeding around the parking lot.

The reporting party said the man parked and ran inside an apartment, leaving an open can of beer next to the car, when she tried to confront him. When officers arrived, the woman pointed to the suspect sitting on the second-floor balcony and the car he was driving. The open beer can was still next to it.

The officers asked the man if he had been driving the car. The man said no. His speech was slurred and he appeared to have trouble balancing as he stood up. He said he didn't have a driver's license and wasn't driving. He went inside and his father eventually came out to talk to the deputies.

The father was also intoxicated and said his son had just left the apartment and he didn't know where he went. He said he didn't know where his son got alcohol, either, because his boy had come home drunk.

Deputies searched the area and found the teen, who finally admitted he'd been driving. He said he was learning to drive a stick-shift. He refused roadside sobriety tests and a chemical test, saying he didn't care if his license was revoked because he didn't have one in the first place.

He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, underage possession and consumption of alcohol and reckless driving.

• $400 was stolen from a purse left unattended at a concert venue in Bond on May 27.

• The lock and handle were pried off of a walk-in freezer at an Eagle-Vail golf club between May 29 and 30. No food was stolen and the club manager suspected the burglar was looking for alcohol.

• Four iPods were stolen from the New America School in Gypsum on May 15. The iPods belong to Eagle Valley Schools.

• The back window of a van was smashed out while it was parked at an Eagle-Vail apartment complex June 5.

• A rock was thrown through a window of Battle Mountain High School in Edwards between June 5 and 6. The window is estimated to cost $1,000 to replace.

• Deputies photographed murals spray painted inside a wildlife tunnel near Battle Mountain High School and sent the photos to the school's teachers to see if they might identify the artist.

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The VailDaily Updated Jun 13, 2012 12:58PM Published Jun 13, 2012 12:54PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.