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Lynn Riemer, affectionately known as the "Martha Stewart of Meth Labs," will be in Eagle County to present Adolescent and Community Training (ACT) on Drugs today, Thursday, March 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Eagle Valley High School auditorium.

The free presentation will discuss the dangers associated with inhalants, marijuana, prescription drugs, cocaine, methamphetamine and more, with students gaining a better understanding of how dealers are using color, flavor and marketing ploys to entice users. The presentation is geared to parents as well as community members such as Realtors, housekeepers and concerned neighbors.

Riemer was a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration and spent seven years with the state's North Metro Drug Task Force, processing over 200 meth labs and thousands of drug busts. She has a wealth of experience in relaying drug awareness, recognition and prevention. Her presentation is different in that Riemer speaks a lot to true life choices of drug users and the impacts those choices have made. She will specifically identify rising drug trends in Eagle County and event participants may be surprised to hear what's being sold and used in the area.

All Eagle County citizens are encouraged to attend. The Christian P. Anschutz Foundation is funding the program.

On March 4, a 42-year-old Minturn resident complained that her 51-year-old neighbor had been shoveling snow onto her side of their shared driveway and rode on her property with a snowmobile.

A deputy talked to them and determined the man had not been trespassed from the property in the past, as the woman claimed. That prevented the officer from bringing charges against the man. The officer also determined where the property line was and gave the man a verbal warning not to go onto the woman's property for any reason.

The man said he had been shoveling the driveway all winter. There was one time that he used his snowmobile to tamp down the snow bank to pile more snow there while he was shoveling.

The managers of an Avon apartment complex called deputies about a stranger who was sleeping in the laundry room March 5.

The 35-year-old told officers that he was hungover from partying with a friend who lived there. When his friend went to work that morning, he was not ready to walk home and decided to sleep some more in the laundry room.

Deputies told the man to find a way home next time so he doesn't scare anyone. They warned the man he would be charged with trespassing if it happened again.

A renter on Spruce Circle in Edwards reported that a bag of money containing $1,100 was missing from his bedroom after his landlord and a Realtor showed his apartment Feb. 19.

The renter's neighbor first notified him of the alleged theft. She asked the man if he kept some money in a plastic bag. The man thought it was strange that his neighbor would know about his bag of money and the neighbor said she saw their landlord carrying it when the group came out of his apartment.

The landlord told deputies that the man owed $10,000 in rent and was in the process of being evicted. She denied taking the money, however.

The Realtor who was with the landlord at the time said they were together the whole time in the apartment, which was only about 10 minutes. She never saw the landlord take anything and said it would have been obvious if she had.

A deputy stopped a 27-year-old driver in Eagle on March 8 for windows that were tinted too dark.

The officer smelled marijuana as he measured the window tint and confirmed it was shaded to an illegal degree. He asked the driver if she had any drugs in the car and if she had a criminal history. The woman denied having anything illegal in the car. She said she had been arrested but was no longer on probation or parole.

A background check indicated the woman was on probation for drug charges. Deputies also thought she was acting nervous, as if hiding something. They asked her when she last smoked marijuana. The woman said two days ago and agreed to perform voluntary roadside sobriety tests, which she passed.

Then the officers asked to search the woman's car. She initially refused and then relented. A small bag of marijuana was found under the driver seat.

People over 21 years old can now legally possess the drug in Colorado but the deputies believed the woman was on probation, which forbade her to possess any drugs. The woman insisted she was free and clear. The officers double checked and confirmed that there was a mistake in the Mesa County probation records.

The woman was released with a verbal warning for the window tint. The deputies told her she could have saved a lot of hassle if she had been more upfront about the marijuana. Mesa County was notified about the mistake in its records.

An Edwards resident was scammed out of $400 over the phone Feb. 7.

He said a woman named Vanessa called and said he owed her company $400. She ordered him to go to Wal-Mart, get a prepaid card and give her the card information or she would call police.

The man got suspicious after he followed her instructions but didn't notify sheriff deputies until Vanessa called him back March 8 and demanded more money.

Deputies tried contacting the suspect on the California number she called from, which was 909-204-5324, but no one answered. They told the victim to get as much information about the woman and her company as he could if she called back. They also told him not to give her any more information about himself or give her any more money.

A 47-year-old driver called deputies March 8 and said she was following a drunken driver.

The suspect vehicle was swerving into the oncoming lane on U.S. Highway 6, made a left turn onto Cooley Mesa Road in Gypsum, and drove in the opposite lane on the wrong side of the median. The truck drove onto the median a couple times and continued in the wrong lane after the median ended. The woman said the truck was swerving out of the way of oncoming cars that flashed their high beams and then going back into the wrong lane.

The truck went into the Buckhorn area and the driver seemed to become aware that he was being followed. He parked in a driveway for a while, then started driving randomly through the neighborhood. At one point, the truck turned into a small park on Navajo Road and got hung up on the swings. Then it went into another driveway and turned its lights off. The woman tried to keep her distance and lost track of it until it came up behind her.

The woman said the truck was "coming after her" at least twice. Deputies worried for her safety and told her not to put herself at risk.

Officers found tire tracks in the park and located the truck stuck in a backyard ditch with a flat tire. They contacted the people in the house and found the 34-year-old suspect hiding in his room.

The man was not cooperative and refused to answer any questions. He denied driving and refused a chemical test at the jail. His driver license was confiscated and he was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to drive in a single lane and failure to notify police of an accident. He was released into the custody of his family.


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