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Jury acquits Leadville woman on drug distribution, weapons charges

October 14, 2017 — LEADVILLE — A jury did not believe that a woman shorter than 5 feet tall posed much of a threat to two police officers, and while they were at it, they cleared her of the drug charges, too. It was 6:45 p.m. June 14, 2016,

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El Jebel man faces up to life in prison after conviction of sex assault on a child

October 10, 2017 — The case rolled through accusations that Eagle County Sheriff’s investigators lied to the man during their investigation and instructed the teenage accuser to lie as well. The accuser twice told prosecutors she wanted to drop the case; she later claimed that her sister pressured her into trying to recant.

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$100,000 fine for Vail altercation: District Attorney wants it rescinded, defense attorney wants it to stand

October 3, 2017 — EAGLE — An attorney from Mexico will decide whether he wants to pay the largest fine in Eagle County history or just a huge fine and the tab for possible ongoing medical expenses. Paris Aguilera Baeza could be fined $100,000, stemming from an assault last

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‘Subject in crisis’ forces Eagle Police to close Fourth of July Road

October 2, 2017 — EAGLE — Eagle police responded to a "subject in crisis" at an Eagle Ranch residence and closed a residential street for more than an hour. The call came in at 5:10 p.m., Monday, Oct. 2, and Eagle Police responded with the Eagle County Sheriff's Office

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High Country Crime: Growers fled during raid of 2,700-plant pot farm; Man on meth returns gunfire to no one

October 2, 2017 — A man detained during the raid of an illegal marijuana growing operation near Redstone on Thursday, Sept. 28, is in the custody of immigration officials while a decision is made on what charges will be filed, if any, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office

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Vail sex assault case ends in misdemeanors; accuser can’t remember what happened

August 30, 2017 — EAGLE — A District Court judge handed down the stiffest sentences available to him, closing the books on a sexual assault case that he and prosecutors called "reprehensible." "Somebody should have stepped forward and said, 'This has to stop,'" District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman said.

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Prosecutors have video, witnesseses for attempted murder of Eagle bartender

August 30, 2017 — EAGLE — Prosecutors say they have a video and a couple of witnesses to present during the preliminary hearing for a Texas man who allegedly tried to beat a female bartender to death during the early-morning hours of Monday, July 24. Pedro Gonzalez, 34, remains

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Suspect in Eagle County carfentanil overdose deaths will have preliminary hearing Oct. 3

August 29, 2017 — EAGLE — A Florida man facing manslaughter charges for his alleged part in two overdose deaths demanded that prosecutors show they have enough proof to send him to trial. Attorneys for Samuel Brunelus, 23, demanded a preliminary hearing during a court appearance Tuesday. His attorneys,

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High Country Crime: Trespasser leaves behind over 100 beer cans and resume

August 28, 2017 — Responding to a trespassing report, Glenwood Springs police stumbled upon a foul scene in an empty home the morning of Aug. 13. Officers found a window broken out at the corner of the house, leading into a coal cellar. The owner knew something was amiss

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Northwest Colorado high school teacher, coach faces felony charges in sexting case

August 23, 2017 — Moffat County High School teacher and baseball coach Justin Folley, 35, was arrested Thursday night following a months-long investigation into allegations that he engaged in sexting with a 15-year-old high school student. Folley appeared in Moffat County Court Tuesday morning with public defender Abby Kurtz-Phelan,

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Copper Mountain cat burglars busted by security cameras, police say

August 16, 2017 — A pair of Summit County men allegedly pulled off a pair of burglaries late at night on Aug. 1, but police say they were foiled by security camera footage showing them stealing a rifle and more than $450 worth of coins at two locations in

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Summit County man steals bike, accidentally sells it to victim’s boyfriend

August 16, 2017 — A would-be thief found the tables turned on him when he unwittingly tried to sell a stolen bike to his victim's boyfriend on July 30. The bicycle was first reported stolen that morning and was said to have been originally purchased two years ago for

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High Country Crime: Police investigate burglary at Steamboat marijuana shop; cocaine and Fireball fuel 111-mph chase

August 14, 2017 — The Steamboat Springs Police Department is investigating a burglary at one of the city’s pot shops. Police sent out a vague news release about the burglary that occurred early Wednesday morning, Aug. 9, at Golden Leaf, 1755 Lincoln Ave. Commander Annette Dopplick said she did not want

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Bungled Vail Valley crime spree concludes with fourth person headed to jail

August 8, 2017 — EAGLE — The fourth and final participant in a botched 2015 crime spree was sentenced Monday to two years in state prison. Mateo Serna-Gutierrez, 24, was sentenced for his part in a 2015 armed robbery in Gypsum that resulted in Good Samaritan Alan Gonzalez being

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Convicted murderer Charles Gross wants new trial, shot Maria Madrid in 2005

August 4, 2017 — EAGLE — Convicted murderer Charles Gross wants a new trial. The unemployed construction worker, who reportedly said that immigrants had taken his job, shot Maria Madrid as her husband, Eliseo, backed their truck away from a campground on Coffeepot Road north of Dotsero where the

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Outpouring of support begins for Eagle bartender Dita Richterova

July 25, 2017 — EAGLE — Locals have poured out compassion and cash for a woman who was severely beaten early Monday morning. Dita Richterova was the only one working in Eagle's Brush Creek Saloon at 1:18 a.m. Monday, when security video shows her being savagely beaten allegedly by

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Eagle man allegedly tried to beat to death female bartender at closing time

July 24, 2017 — EAGLE — An Eagle man faces almost five decades in prison for allegedly trying to kill a female bartender at closing time early Monday morning. Pedro Gonzalez, 34, of Eagle, was caught five hours after he allegedly beat the woman in Eagle's Brush Creek Saloon.

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Roaring Fork Valley man arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child

July 21, 2017 — EL JEBEL — A Roaring Fork Valley man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child. Jose Hernan Delcid Guzman, 29, was arrested late Wednesday following an investigation by the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. Detectives were responding to a report of a sexual assault

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Florida man busted in pair of Eagle County carfentanil overdose deaths

July 19, 2017 — BLUE LAKE — A Florida man is facing manslaughter charges for his alleged part in two overdose deaths in Eagle County. Samuel Brunelus, 23, was arrested in Deerfield, Florida, after Eagle County Sheriff's detectives linked him to two overdose deaths March 24 in the Roaring

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Man flees Summit County police officers in 100 mph motorcycle chase

July 19, 2017 — A routine traffic stop turned into a 100-mile-per-hour motorcycle chase last week after the rider eluded two law enforcement officers, ran several red lights and narrowly avoided a pile-up while driving in the wrong lane before being taken down by a sheriff's office canine, police

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