On March 12, at about 2:05 p.m., a freshman male student came into the Battle Mountain High School nurse's office with bleeding from his chest. The 15-year-old boy said he was stabbed by another student in a school restroom between classes.
A School Resource Officer with the Eagle County Sheriff's Office was at the school and began an investigation. The victim student was transported by Eagle County Paramedic Services ambulance to the Vail Valley Medical Center from the school in Edwards. The victim was treated and released for a non-life threatening injury.
The suspect student fled the high school and was located by law enforcement about one mile west of Edwards along the railroad tracks. He was arrested without incident at about 3:10 pm and transported to the Eagle County Jail in Eagle, where he was charged with first degree assault (assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury), which is a class 3 felony. The 15-year-old freshman suspect, Irving Limas, from Edwards, was transported to the Mount View Juvenile Detention Facility in Denver where he will be held until a District Court Judge determines his further detention. Limas was currently on probation for a previous assault.
A pair of bloody scissors was located by school staff at the high school and turned over to the Sheriff's Office. It is being examined as the possible weapon used to assault the victim. The relationship between the two boys is being investigated, but no indication of provocation by the victim has yet been found.
BMHS staff has notified parents, students and teachers of the incident. The school was not on lock down due to evidence the suspect had immediately left the school property. The suspect student is suspended with a recommendation of expulsion.
The ECSO will continue to investigate this incident.
On Dec. 4, an Eagle County Sheriff's Office deputy saw a vehicle driving slowly and weaving on westbound Interstate 70 between Wolcott and Eagle. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle to check on the driver when the vehicle drove off the right side of the highway. The driver was throwing objects from the vehicle as the deputy approached.
Two socks with approximately 1,200 grams, or almost 3 pounds, of methamphetamine were found near the car, as well as a loaded Ruger 9-mm semi-automatic handgun. The driver was found to be under the influence of meth and was driving from Kansas City to his home in Oxnard, Calif. Michael Aguayo, age 22, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine (a schedule 1 controlled substance) with intent to sell (a class 2 felony); possession of a weapon by a previously convicted felon (a class 6 felony); driving under the influence of drugs; and weaving.
Aguayo was held in the Eagle County Jail. Because of the large quantity of drugs and the weapon involved, plus Aguayo's previous felony conviction for drugs, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms was contacted. A U.S. attorney presented the case to a federal grand jury and Aguayo was indicted on federal drug and firearm violations. Aguayo's local charges were dismissed (with ability to be re-filed if needed) and he was released to the U.S. Marshal Service on March 6 for federal prosecution in Denver U.S. District Court.
Tips on illegal drug activity from concerned citizens are vital to Eagle County Drug Task Force operations. The ECSO will continue to assist the ATF with investigation of this incident.
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.
A deputy stopped a car for weaving in Edwards Feb. 16 and smelled alcohol when he contacted the 25-year-old driver.
The man said he'd given a drunk friend a ride. He agreed to voluntary sobriety tests and failed. He submitted a breath test and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Deputies stopped a car in Edwards Feb. 16 when it was going the wrong way in a roundabout with the high beams of its headlights on.
The 27-year-old driver had glassy eyes and had trouble walking. He failed voluntary sobriety tests and elected to have a blood test.
On the way to the hospital for the blood test, the man said he had taken Valium and OxyContin, which are prescription pain relievers that are amplified when taken with alcohol.
At the hospital, the man was given several chances to give a blood sample but he got scared of the needle and refused each time, screaming profanities. The officer repeatedly warned him not to do that and told the man he could take a breath test. The man said he didn't trust the accuracy of breath tests. After an hour, the nurse refused to try getting a blood sample because the man was being so uncooperative.
The man got angry when told he would be losing his license. The man clenched his fist so tight that his knuckles turned white. The officer had to force him back into handcuffs and told him he had never given a person an hour to take a chemical test and was now adding a charge of disorderly conduct.
While checking into the jail, another prescription pill, Ativan, was found inside the man's wallet. Introducing contraband to the jail is a felony but the man was only warned for the pill. He was booked for DUI, failure to dim high beams, driving in the wrong direction of a roundabout and disorderly conduct.
A deputy stopped a car in Avon Feb. 17 for defective tail lights.
The 22-year-old driver exhibited signs of drunkenness and admitted to drinking earlier. He failed voluntary sobriety tests, submitted a breath test and was jailed for driving without a tail light and DUI.
A deputy stopped a car on Interstate 70 near Dotsero Feb. 19 for a defective license plate lamp.
The 25-year-old driver had an arrest warrant out of Clear Creek County for marijuana possession. The expiration date on her temporary license tag was altered to read Feb. 18 when it had actually expired Jan. 14.
The woman was arrested for the warrant and for presenting fictitious plates. A passenger was allowed to drive the car.
A plain-clothes deputy saw a 24-year-old man and 25-year-old woman smoking marijuana in a car parked in Avon Feb. 20.
The officer approached them and informed them that while it is now legal in Colorado to consume marijuana in private, it is illegal to use it in a public place or vehicle.
The man in the driver's seat didn't have a license and identified himself with a ski pass. The deputy learned his license had been suspended and warned the man not to drive anymore.
The woman was on probation in Jefferson County. The deputy notified her probation officer and cited the couple for possession/public consumption of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Deputies responded to a confrontation that erupted on Vail Mountain March 2.
A 27-year-old snowboarder said a 63-year-old skier cut him off, almost riding over the front of his board. He yelled at the skier to pay more attention. The skier stopped abruptly and started yelling back at him. The boarder said the skier pushed him down with his forearm and then hit him with a ski pole.
Then the skier left and got on the next lift. The boarder followed and tried to call 911. That's when he noticed his $600 iPhone was broken. He said it probably happened when he was pushed down.
Ski patrol contacted the 63-year-old and both he and the 27-year-old met with deputies.
The older man said the boarder cut him off and denied pushing him. He said he just turned around fast and his ski pole tapped the boarder. He added that he felt he was being verbally assaulted by the 27-year-old and probably should not have stopped to confront him.
The 63-year-old was cited for harassment and criminal mischief.
• A 32-year-old man was cited for disorderly conduct and escorted off hotel property in Beaver Creek when he refused to stop yelling and cursing while he was intoxicated Feb. 7.
• A pair of backcountry skis and poles were stolen from a garage in Red Cliff between Jan. 28 and Jan. 31. The Black Diamond Element skis were valued at $697.
• A pair of skis were stolen from a locked car in an Avon apartment complex around Feb. 13. The owner said he locked the car with all his ski gear in it and in the morning only the skis were missing. They were old, straight-shaped skis that he bought from a used-gear store last year for $76.22.
• A hotel guest in Beaver Creek suspected his iPad was stolen from a bag that was left in his room Feb. 14. Hotel employees were questioned and searched and appeared genuinely innocent.
• A pair of Blizzard Bonafide skis worth $950 and poles worth $150 were stolen from a rack by the Lionshead gondola in Vail Feb. 18.
• A Gypsum resident reported a hit-and-run that happened Feb. 20. His company vehicle parked in the driveway had apparently been hit by another car in the night. The man said he heard a loud noise around 2 a.m. but assumed it was from the fire department.