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August 1, 2012
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Show your support for a crime-free Eagle County from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Join Sheriff's deputies for a free cook-out at Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District Field House, located at Miller Ranch Road in Edwards, or the Gypsum Recreation Center, located at 52 Lundgren Blvd. The Gypsum Recreation Center and WECMRD Field House are also both free for the evening as well.

You can check out the latest patrol cars, fire engines and an ambulance, and learn about preventing crime in your neighborhood. See the K-9 demonstration and enter to win some valuable prizes!

All activities are free of charge, so stop by, grab a bite to eat, and help us show criminals that Eagle County is united in the fight against crime!

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anticrime efforts as well as strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships. National Night Out events are being held throughout the country and Eagle County, including Avon, Edwards, Eagle and Gypsum.

The Eagle County Sheriff's Office extends a very special "thank you" to WECMRD, the town of Gypsum, Eagle County Road and Bridge, Cascade Village Theater Inc., Alpine Bank-Edwards, State Farm Insurance, High County Copiers, Walls and Floors, The Paint Bucket-Eagle, Zip Adventures-Vail, Golden Bear-Vail, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Swine Coca-Cola, Columbine Market, Sara Lee, and Copy Plus for their donations and continued support for National Night Out and a crime-free community!

A DUI task force was called to investigate a suspected drunken driver who had been stopped for speeding on Interstate 70 in Edwards on July 5.

The 21-year-old woman's breath smelled of alcohol as she agreed to perform voluntary roadside tests. She failed all of them and was arrested for further investigation of DUI.

It took two officers to get her into handcuffs. Then she started falling down to passively resist their efforts to put her in the back of the patrol car. The deputies lifted her into the car and she started kicking and biting them so that they couldn't close the door, saying they were racist.

A deputy pulled his Taser at her and said she would be Tased if she continued. She said, "I don't care," and lunged head first toward the officer, who deployed his Taser.

The woman was examined by paramedics and Vail Valley Medical Center before going to jail for DUI, speeding and driving without a license. At the jail, it was also discovered she had a warrant for failing to appear in court for a charge of possessing alcohol as a minor in 2009.

Deputies responded to a disturbance at an Edwards bar on July 8.

A 45-year-old man was heavily intoxicated, demanding free shots from the bartender. The man also insisted on driving and that's where deputies got involved. The man agreed to get a cab after 15 minutes of arguing but the officers watched him leave in his truck and pulled him over.

While talking with the man through his driver-side window, his truck started rolling forward. The officers told him to put it in park but it kept rolling. The officers had to pull him out of the vehicle and park it for him.

They asked him to perform voluntary roadside tests and he agreed, saying, "I'm not drunk." He failed the tests and was arrested for further investigation of DUI.

A pat-down search turned up a crack pipe that had recently been used. The man claimed he only used it for marijuana but a narcotic identification kit proved otherwise. The man's driver license and license plates were also expired.

The man initially refused a chemical test then elected a blood test at VVMC. Once at the hospital, he refused again. He was cleared for a heart condition and to go to jail. On the way to jail, the man made several threats and then claimed he was having chest pains and shortness of breath. He appeared fine but the deputy took him back to the hospital, where he was cleared again. The man also kicked the deputy during that process.

He was booked for assault on an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both, driving with an expired license and possession of possibly altered license plates. He was also issued a notice of revocation of his license for refusing a chemical test.

A deputy stopped a car for speeding on Highway 6 in Edwards on July 9 and discovered the 29-year-old driver didn't have a license. The man said the license plates were also false and he didn't have insurance for the car.

The car was towed and the license plates were confiscated and destroyed. The man was cited for speeding, driving an uninsured car, displaying false tags and driving without a license.

On July 11, a couple reported a burglary of their Edwards apartment on Lake Creek Village Drive.

They said the burglary happened July 10. A bedroom window was open and a screen was broken when they came home that evening. The house was rummaged but only a few things were missing, including a laptop, video recorder and two small wallets with identification cards and papers.

A resident of an Edwards apartment on River Pines Court reported a burglary on July 20.

He said he came home late the previous night and noticed some things out of place. He didn't think much about it until he noticed the apartment had obviously been rummaged. Several things were missing, including an envelope with $1,200, a briefcase worth $500 and an iPhone 4 worth $500.

It appeared the burglar gained access through an unlocked balcony door.

A bronze statue was stolen from the front porch of a vacation home on Aspen Lane in Beaver Creek between mid-March and June 18.

The homeowners didn't know about it until July 21. Groundskeepers saw it was gone in June but didn't suspect anything unusual.

The statue was torn off its concrete base, bolts and all. The statue was worth $4,800 and damage to the concrete was estimated to cost $200.

On July 13, vendors at Gypsum's Dirty Dozen event were camping in the parking lot near their tents, which were closed for the night. They saw four men breaking into a tent. The men started throwing lemons at each other that they had found in the tent. They ran off when they saw the vendors coming after them. The estimated loss of four lemons was valued at $2.

• A wallet was stolen from an unlocked car parked outside an Edwards movie theater on June 27.

• Items were stolen from unlocked cars parked outside a residence on Hummingbird Trail in Edwards between June 29 and July 2.

• A Beaver Creek apartment complex on Bachelor Gulch Trail was vandalized between June 29 and 30. A glass door was broken and wiring for a fire alarm system was ripped apart. A faint trail of blood led through the building and ended on the second floor.

• A window was smashed out of an Eagle-Vail bus stop between July 2 and 3. The damage is estimated to cost $300.

• Scaffolding was stolen from outside a vacant property in Bond between June 6 and July 4. The equipment was worth about $4,300.

• A license plate was stolen from a truck in Gypsum between July 6 and 7.

• A Gypsum resident of Red Hill Drive suspected her home was entered while it was left unlocked for an hour on July 9. A baseball hat was left by the front door. Deputies submitted the hat to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for DNA testing since it might be related to other burglaries in the area.

• An unlocked car was rummaged while parked on Lariat Loop in Edwards on July 14.

• On July 16, a Gypsum business owner told deputies that 35 gallons of diesel fuel were siphoned out of a new company truck for the second time that week.

• Items were stolen from two unlocked cars at an Edwards trailer park around July 18.

• The left rear window was broken out of a car parked at Quail Run Circle in Gypsum between July 17 and 18.

• A MacBook Pro laptop worth $5,000 and an iPhone 4 worth $600 were stolen from an unlocked car on Red Barn Street in Edwards between July 19 and 20.

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The VailDaily Updated Aug 1, 2012 03:05PM Published Aug 1, 2012 02:58PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.