April 24, 2014
Armed and strolling
An off-duty deputy noticed a 66-year-old man walking in Gypsum. The deputy was aware of the man's identity, and knew there was an active warrant out for his arrest.
The deputy contacted officers who were on duty. They approached the man, patted him down and removed a .22 caliber derringer style handgun from his pocket and a 9mm Hi-Power handgun from a shoulder holster. Both firearms were loaded.
The weapons, along with a pocket knife, were secured away from the scene by deputies. The man was compliant with the exception of providing identification to the deputies. The man verbally confirmed his identity and said that if they knew who he was, he didn't need to show identification. He also confirmed that he did not appear in court for a previous citation. He said that when he signed the ticket, he considered it an "invitation" and that he had declined to RSVP. When asked if he had a concealed weapons permit, the man stated that other than his second amendment rights, he did not have a permit.
The man was cited for the warrant, and also held for two counts of unlawfully carrying a concealed firearm.
A 62-year-old Gypsum woman called the Eagle County Sheriff's Office to report a burglary. She stated that someone had broken into her bunkhouse and threw a bunch of stuff around and did some damage.
The woman told deputies she had no idea who was responsible for the damage. She mentioned that her caregiver, a 31-year-old man, lives out of the bunkhouse, and that he was gone overnight.
When contacted, the caregiver said that he had gone to his girlfriend's for the night, and that he doesn't have any idea who ransacked the bunkhouse. The girlfriend also had some items in the residence that were damaged. The man said a phone belonging to a woman he knows was found in the residence. The man theorized that the woman and some other people were mad at him because they thought he deals meth. He stated that although he has done meth in the past, he does not deal it and that he successfully completed rehab.
When the woman who owns the phone was contacted, she stated that her son came home hallucinating and high on an unknown substance. She believed that it was bath salts and did not seek treatment for her son. She said she left her phone at the older woman's residence, and was never alone in the bunkhouse. She confirmed that she doesn't like the man or his girlfriend because she thinks they buy alcohol for the older woman to keep her drunk. She said that she had no motive to do damage to the house.
Deputies responded to a call that a 57-year-old man had been hit with a snowball while skiing with friends in Beaver Creek.
The man stated that upon being hit, he stopped immediately and noticed a group of kids on a balcony of a house next to the ski run. One of the kids said, "Yay, I hit one."
The man stated that he knew the kids had thrown the snowball, and that he confronted three male youths on the balcony from a distance. He asked why they threw a snowball at him. One of the kids flipped him off. The man stated that it was at that time that he wanted police involved.
When the deputy confronted the youths and asked who threw the snowball, one of the young men raised his hand. The youths said that they were all just messing around and trying to have a good time. The young man stated that he didn't realize the repercussions or consequences of throwing a snowball. The deputy explained to the young men that those actions could have caused injury or could cause someone to lose control while on the mountain.