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Shortly after 1:20 p.m. Oct. 28, Vail Public Safety Communications Center received a report of a single family trailer home on fire in Gypsum. The Eagle County Sheriff's Office, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, and Western Eagle County Ambulance District responded to the trailer located at 2798 Gypsum Creek Road.

The interior of the trailer was completely engulfed by flames. Investigators with the Eagle County Sheriff's Office ruled the cause of this fire to be a non-criminal in-wall electrical fire. The residents of the trailer were not home at the time of the incident.

On Oct. 22, a Colorado State Patrol Trooper was conducting a routine traffic stop when he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The trooper requested a K9 to sniff the vehicle. Deputy Best with the Eagle County Sheriff's Office responded with K9 Jake, who is a trained and certified narcotics detection canine. During Jake's search of the vehicle he located a large duffle bag, with six pounds of marijuana in it.

The driver of the vehicle, Warren R. Johnson, 30, of Avon, informed Deputy Best that the duffle bag belonged to him and that he was transporting it from somewhere outside of Eagle County. Johnson then led deputy's to his residence where they located 17 marijuana plants, an additional seven pounds of marijuana individually packaged and a variety of equipment used for packaging and distribution.

Johnson was booked into the Eagle County Jail on a $15,000 bond for charges of possession with intent to distribute, a class III felony.

A deputy stopped a car for defective license plate lamps on U.S. Highway 6 in Edwards on Oct. 13.

The 42-year-old driver smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. The officer asked him if he had too much to drink and he said he didn't know, he'd only had a couple beers.

Another deputy took over investigation at that point and the driver was ultimately arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

A deputy contacted a driver parked on the side of Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail on Oct. 17.

The car's engine was idling and it was parked on the side of the eastbound lane but the 50-year-old driver said she was going home to Clifton, which is west of Eagle-Vail. She said she pulled over to eat some food. She added that the deputy could check with an Eagle Police officer who contacted her earlier that evening.

The woman did not appear to be entirely OK. When the officer asked to see her license, she acknowledged the request and then continued to stare straight ahead. She confirmed that she was on medication but couldn't recall exactly when she had taken it. Her pupils were also constricted even though it was dark out.

She agreed to perform voluntary roadside sobriety tests. She failed the tests and was arrested for further investigation of DUI. She submitted a blood test and was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both. The car was towed.

Deputies received a report of a 20-year-old woman entering unlocked cars in an Edwards parking garage Oct. 17.

Officers found the woman at the scene and noted that she had a bag filled with a variety of items, including phone and iPod chargers, a lotto ticket, fishing pole and a roll of quarters. She didn't have any form of identification with her. She said she was waiting for friends to pick her up.

A deputy asked her where her friends were going to take her. She couldn't answer and the officer told her why deputies had been called. The woman admitted she had been checking unlocked cars and took the roll of quarters out of one. She said the quarters were all she took because she needed money to get home.

A 23-year-old man was also found at the scene. He said the woman was his girlfriend. He didn't have any identification, either, and said there were some random items in his possession as well. Officers asked him why he would carry a camera lens without a camera. The man said his mom gave it to him and he just wanted to keep it with him. He consented to a pat-down search and a marijuana pipe was found.

The woman showed the deputies which car she took the quarters from and the officers left a note for the owner to contact them. The owner later confirmed that the roll of quarters was taken from his car.

The woman was arrested for criminal trespass of a vehicle and theft. The man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and the remaining items were handed over to him to keep while the woman was in jail. All the items were photographed and officers told the man they would follow up with criminal charges if they received any theft reports for the items in question.

A deputy stopped a car on Highway 6 in Avon on Oct. 19 for failing to dim its high beams to oncoming traffic.

The 25-year-old driver didn't have a license or other required information. He said the car belonged to a friend.

He was cited for failing to dim his headlights, failure to provide proof of insurance and driving without a license. The car was impounded.

A deputy stopped a car for speeding on Highway 6 in Edwards on Oct. 19.

The 27-year-old driver smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes. He said he had two beers after work and agreed to perform voluntary sobriety tests.

He failed the tests and was arrested for further investigation of DUI. An officer asked him if he had anything else illegal in the car. The man said he had a pipe and some marijuana in the vehicle. Officers confiscated the items and took the man to jail, where he submitted to a breath test. He was cited for DUI and speeding.

On Oct. 20, a deputy saw a car make two turns in Edwards without using turn signals.

The officer contacted the 29-year-old and told her why he stopped her. He saw the driver's eyes were watery and bloodshot and that she smelled of alcohol.

The driver said she was coming from a restaurant and only had one glass of wine. She agreed to perform voluntary sobriety tests and failed.

She was arrested for further investigation of DUI and initially chose a blood test. She became increasingly upset, however, and changed her mind, deciding not to submit to a chemical test. The deputy told her that refusing a chemical test would result in automatically losing her license for a year. The woman said she didn't care and to just take her to jail because she was going to lose her job over this anyway.

She was booked into jail for DUI and failing to use turn signals, and her license was surrendered.

A deputy stopped a car for speeding on Valley Road in Gypsum Oct. 20.

The 25-year-old driver and his 19-year-old female passenger, to whom the convertible belonged, were not wearing seat belts. They said the belts were inoperable.

The man said he didn't have a license and was required to have an alcohol interlock device if he wanted to drive legally. He said he was driving the woman's car so she could pluck her eyebrows.

Dispatch confirmed that the man's license was revoked for alcohol offenses. He was arrested for driving without a license, not wearing a seat belt, driving without the front passenger wearing a seat belt, and driving a defective vehicle. The car was turned over to the woman.

Deputies responded to a 911 call about an assault in Edwards Oct. 23.

A 24-year-old woman said she saw her boyfriend sitting in a car with another woman who was 20 years old. She told deputies she wanted to talk with her boyfriend because she is pregnant with his baby and the 20-year-old punched her in the face when she wouldn't leave. Deputies noted the 24-year-old's face was swollen and contacted the other people separately.

The 20-year-old had a bite mark on her hand that needed stitches. She said she told the 24-year-old to get off her car. When the 24-year-old wouldn't get off her car, she got out and confronted her. The 24-year-old pushed her, she hit the 24-year-old in the face and the 24-year-old ended up biting her hand.

The 22-year-old man confirmed the 20-year-old's story. He said the baby is his but he is no longer in a relationship with either woman.

Both women were arrested for assault.

An officer noticed graffiti spray painted about 6 feet above the ground on the concrete pillars of an Interstate 70 overpass near Wolcott on Oct. 19.


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