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Deputies responded to a fight that broke out on a bus in Minturn April 7.

A 24-year-old man was saying racial slurs loudly and refused to stop when a 23-year-old man asked him to. The situation escalated and the bus driver pulled over to intervene. He told the men he would call police if it happened again, which it did.

The 23-year told officers that he has several black friends and was offended by what the 24-year-old was saying. He said the 24-year-old pushed him and he retaliated by punching him in the face.

The 24-year-old initially declined to press charges, saying he and the other man made up and shook hands.

While deputies interviewed the men, a 25-year-old man circled them, recording the interviews with his phone. An officer seized the phone as evidence and told the man he would be given a receipt for his property and a case number along with the officer's card.

Officers also asked everyone on the bus if anyone else was offended by what the 24-year-old said. Since no one came forward, the deputy cleared the bus to leave.

The deputies determined that the 25-year-old's phone wasn't needed as evidence and gave it back to him but the man continued to interrupt the investigation. The officers told him he should get on the bus but he declined, saying he would take a taxi home and that he wasn't going to leave.

An ambulance examined the 24-year-old and suspected his nose was broken. With that, the man decided to press charges against the 23-year-old after all.

Deputies cited the 23-year-old for assault and then the 25-year-old demanded a ride home. An officer told the man he would not give him a ride home, since he refused to get on the bus and said he would take a taxi. The man said this was "the serve part of 'protect and serve.'" The deputy told him to sit in the bus shelter while they decided what to do.

The 25-year-old turned out to be the 24-year-old's roommate, so all three men received rides home.

A deputy stopped a van that was pulling a trailer and weaving on Interstate 70 near Eagle April 3.

The 31-year-old driver said the trailer had problems that caused the van to weave. The deputy smelled marijuana while talking to the man.

The officer cleared the driver through dispatch and made sure he was sober to drive. He told the man he was free to go but asked if he could search the car. The driver and an older male passenger agreed to let the officer search. The 28-year old female passenger consented as well but appeared to be nervous.

The woman grew increasingly agitated as the deputy searched the van. The officer had been particularly wary of her from the beginning and suspected she was under the influence of methamphetamine.

The search turned up a purse with containers of medical marijuana in it and a smaller purse that was hidden under a book on the passenger-side floorboard. The second purse contained methamphetamine and a pipe for smoking the drug.

The woman eventually admitted the items were hers. She said she had been clean for several years and bought the meth that morning. She was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Two bronze statues weighing 50 pounds each disappeared from the front porch of a house on Charolais Circle in Edwards April 5.

The figures were worth about $2,000 apiece. One statue was a boy jumping over a fence and was about three feet long and three feet high. The other was a girl holding a flower that could be used as a water feature.

A resident of the house said he saw an older-model, two-door coupe that was green or blue with tinted windows driving slowly through the neighborhood the day before.

Deputies responded to a disturbance in Edwards April 7.

An intoxicated 42-year-old man was asked to leave a residence that he was visiting. He left and came back, pounding on the door. He eventually beat in the door, causing $500 of damage.

Officers found that the man had multiple protection orders prohibiting him from using alcohol. He was arrested for violating the protection orders and cited for criminal mischief.

Officers received a report in Minturn April 10 about two suspicious men who appeared to be entering vehicles in a parking lot.

A deputy tracked a set of footprints from the parking lot to the door of a house. The main door was open and a screen door allowed the officer to see inside, where he noticed a man in a white hooded sweatshirt that matched a description of one of the suspects.

The officer asked the 22-year-old man to come outside and talk. The man was reluctant and then refused to give identification after the deputy explained the situation. He tried to walk away and the deputy detained him in handcuffs for further questioning.

At one point the officer looked away and the man tried to run in the house with the handcuffs on. The deputy grabbed him by the sweatshirt and pinned him to the ground.

The man had two forms of ID and one of them was forged. The man was arrested for forgery, obstructing government operations and resisting arrest.

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The VailDaily Updated Apr 17, 2013 12:39PM Published Apr 17, 2013 12:38PM Copyright 2013 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.