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September 5, 2012
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Deputies responded to a burglary alarm at an Eagle-Vail business on U.S. Highway 6 Aug. 3.

Officers saw T-shirts still on hangers lying on the ground as they approached the back door. A window in the back door had been broken with a rock.

Inside, it appeared the burglar(s) tried to steal a display case but only made off with about $300 worth of T-shirts.

Deputies stopped a driver for not wearing a seat belt on Miller Ranch Road in Edwards on Aug. 5.

There was also a passenger holding a baby that should have been in a car seat. The 24-year-old driver said he knew the baby should be in a car seat but there was no room in the truck.

It turned out the man's driver license was suspended. He was cited for driving without a license.

Deputies were called on Aug. 5 after an intoxicated man crashed a golf cart into a tree along the Eagle-Vail Golf Course.

The tree was on private property. The property owner saw the incident and provided a description of the suspect. He said the tree had about $300 worth of damage.

Officers found the 33-year-old suspect and asked him if he had been drinking. The man said he had three beers. Officers asked him if he crashed into a tree. The man said he had. It happened while he was looking at his score card.

The deputies found eight empty beer cans in the golf cart and arrested the man for further investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol. He submitted to a breath test and was cited for DUI.

A deputy stopped a car in Edwards on Aug. 6 after it rolled through a stop sign.

The 53-year-old driver said she knew why she'd been stopped. She also exhibited signs of intoxication, however, and said she had a couple glasses of wine earlier that evening.

She was polite and cooperative, even joking, but her husband in the passenger seat was belligerent. He repeatedly threatened deputies, saying they had no idea who they were arresting and they would be sorry.

The woman agreed to perform voluntary roadside tests, which she failed. She was arrested for further investigation of DUI and submitted to a blood test. She was cited for DUI and failing to stop at stop sign.

An 18-year-old man called deputies on Aug. 12, saying he had been beat up by a 19-year-old man while camping and partying outside Wolcott the previous night.

The 18-year-old said the 19-year-old had been threatening him all evening on Aug. 11. The 18-year-old went to sleep in his car. He thought he locked all the doors but the back hatch was open.

In the morning, the 19-year-old had a pipe in his hands and continued threatening the 18-year-old. He tried to get into the car, discovered the open hatch and pulled the 18-year-old out.

The 18-year-old said he didn't try to fight. He curled himself into a fetal position to shield himself. He was punched once in the face. Officers noted there was swelling to his nose and dried blood on his lips and face.

No witnesses were available by that time and the suspect was gone. The pipe he had been holding was found nearby.

Deputies discovered the 19-year-old was being held at the jail for violating probation. They asked him about the incident. There weren't any marks on him that suggested he had been in a fight. The man refused to say anything and requested a lawyer. He was issued an arrest warrant at the jail.

Deputies and other police officers stopped a car that was driving east on the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 on Aug. 8.

The 25-year-old driver smelled of alcohol and admitted that he had two beers earlier. He gave deputies permission to search the car. Deputies found two bags of marijuana and two beers.

The man agreed to perform voluntary roadside tests, which he failed. He submitted to a breath test.

The car was towed and the man was cited for DUI, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway. He was released into the custody of his sober roommate.

A 62-year-old woman was working in her garden on Rule Road in Eagle on Aug. 10 when her 42-year-old neighbor started shooting guns at targets in his backyard.

The woman called deputies and said she felt like ricochet bullets were zinging by her. She sounded very frightened.

Officers contacted the neighbor, who said he had been shooting. He insisted the targets were set up safely and that there was no way any bullets were going onto his neighbor's property.

A friend of the man was shooting with him and was a firearms instructor. He backed up the claim that there was no possibility of bullets going onto the woman's property.

Both neighbors acknowledged past conflicts over the man's dogs.

The man was cited for reckless endangerment.

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The VailDaily Updated Sep 5, 2012 01:16PM Published Sep 5, 2012 01:14PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.