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Avon parents charged with child abuse

Tamara Miller

An Avon couple faces charges of child abuse after police found their unsupervised 2-year-old son allegedly wandering barefoot last Wednesday through a nearby shopping center.

A man called police when he saw the boy running in a street. The man told police he saw the boy run out of an apartment complex and run behind his car. The man turned around to follow the boy, who allegedly ran into a shopping center parking lot. The man led the boy to a nearby liquor store and called police.

When police arrived, the boy allegedly was running through the store and grabbing items off the shelf. The boy was difficult to control and when a police officer tried to hold his hand, the boy tugged so hard he was lifted off the ground. It was beginning to snow outside, yet the boy was barefoot. The boy’s mother had called police in the meantime to report her son missing.



The woman allegedly told police that she had gone into the bathroom and her husband had left the apartment. When she came out of the bathroom, her son was gone. According to police reports, the boy had gotten out of the home before but was found at a neighbor’s house.



No citations issued over prom weekend

The teenage party season is off to a safe start with Vail Police reporting that no citations were issued to minors during Battle Mountain High School’s prom last weekend.

In an effort to curb underage drinking or driving while intoxicated, Vail Police Commander Joe Russell wrote columns in high school newspapers discouraging illegal partying. Agencies across the county also increased patrols during the prom weekend. The “party patrol” efforts are funded by a state grant.



During last fall’s homecoming football celebrations, police issued 42 citations to teenagers. In addition to warning students about the consequences of underage drinking and drug use, Russell also wanted to caution parents against allowing teens to drink during adult-supervised parties.

“We’re encouraged and optimistic that responsible choices are being made by students and their parents throughout the valley,” Russell said. “We hope that trend continues into the future.”

Police plan to be out in force again May 8 for Eagle Valley High’s prom weekend, as well as May 28 and 29 for commencement ceremonies for local high schools.

Speed enforcement campaign begins

Vail Police issued 58 traffic warnings last week on Interstate 70, the first week of the department’s stricter “65 Max” speed enforcement campaign.

Of the 58 warnings issued, 49 stops involved cars that had been going an average 78.3 miles-per-hour. There were nine commercial vehicles stopped with speeds averaging 76.8 miles-per-hour. Police also handed out five tickets and collected on three arrest warrants. The speed limit on that stretch of I-70 is 65 mph.

The program, initiated by the Vail Town Council, cracks down on speeding through Vail in an effort to reduce noise and the number of accidents along the 10-mile stretch of interstate. Officials also hope that by reducing the speed of motorists on the interstate, it will reduce highway noise in Vail’s neighborhoods.

There is a sunny side to the new crackdown on speeding. Those who receive a warning (not a ticket) are entered into a drawing to win a sanctioned speed session in a 600-horsepower NASCAR-style racer. The contest drawing will be July 4 during the Vail America Days celebration. The winner of that contest will be offered the chance to drive a race car at the Pikes Peak International Raceway near Colorado Springs.

Staff writer Tamara Miller can be reached via e-mail at: tmiller@vaildaily.com or by calling 949-0555 ext. 607.


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