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Briefs: Avon man honored for reporting 68 crimes

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Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado ” A resident who has reported more than 68 crimes to Avon police and another resident who saved a woman’s life were honored by the Avon Town Council meeting this week.

Omar Loya, manager of the Phillips 66 in Avon, reported the crimes in a three-year period to the Avon Police Department, who arrested 16 people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol as a result.

“He is a highly respected member of our community and a valuable asset to the Avon Police Department,” Avon Police Chief Brian Kozak said in a statement.

Harald Mikkelson, of Avon, also will be honored for saving a woman’s life. He saw the woman, who had hypothermia, crawling in the snow near the train tracks in February and called 911.

“His quick response resulted in her life being saved,” Kozak said.

Avon Police Officer Yvonne Ramirez will be given an award for making the most driving under the influence of alcohol arrests. In 2007, she made 8 out of a total 29 arrests made by the Gore Range DUI Task Force, in which every department in Eagle County participates.

With 13 arrests in 2007, Avon police made the most arrests of any department, Kozak said.

Kozak also has hired four new officers and promoted another.

Sgt. Robert Sheehan was member of the Mesa Police Department in Arizona since 2001, Officer Steven Huberty was with the Buffalo Police Department in Minnesota for 21 years, Officer Elizabeth Hudson worked 29 years with the Aurora Police Department and Officer Phillip Florio graduated from the Pueblo Law Enforcement Academy in December.

Sgt. Jonathan Lovins recently was promoted to sergeant after extensive testing. Lovins has been with Avon Police since 2002.

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MINTURN, Colorado ” High school seminars on the Vietnam and Iraq wars have won the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, which is based in Minturn, an award from the national organization.

The post received the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Award for Merit for conducting 20, three-hour seminars at Eagle County high schools.

The post also received a citation of merit from the national organization for sponsoring four Ukrainian school directors who toured Colorado’s education system. The Minturn post provided the visitors with housing and transportation.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Heavy snow means homeowners should routinely check their natural gas meters and clear away any buildups of ice or snow.

Blocked vents can lead to a buildup of natural gas inside homes or prevent the meter from working properly, interrupting the flow of gas. Homeowners should also clear snow and ice from the edges of roofs so nothing falls on the meter.

Gas meters should be cleaned with a broom, not a shovel.

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