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Drunken, BB gun-toter arrested

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

GYPSUM ” A drunken man who was carrying a rifle and breaking into cars was arrested, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

Residents saw the man, 24, try to open the door of Chevrolet Tahoe. Then the man tried to pry open a Dodge Stratus’ door with the rifle. Finally, he broke into a Jeep and stole its stereo.

The bald man was wearing blue shorts and a blue-and-white polo shirt, residents said.

When police found him, the man raised his rifle toward a sheriff’s deputy.

The sheriff’s deputy took it from him and found it was a BB gun. The man, who had drank 12 beers, was carrying it to protect himself on his walk home from a bar, he said.

At the jail, police found a rolled up $1 bill with cocaine in the man’s pocket.

He was jailed on suspicion of theft from an automobile, first-degree introducing contraband and criminal trespassing, possession of a controlled substance and criminal attempt to commit, all felonies; and disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.

EAGLE-VAIL ” A firefighter got an electrical shock when he tried to open a gate to fight a fire, authorities said.

The smoky fire burned a hole through the roof of the concession stand at the Battle Mountain High School football field Sept. 3. The electrical fire started in the building’s attic.

The firefighter grabbed a chain on the gate, got blisters and second-degree burns on his fingers and had to go to Vail Valley Medical Center. When the fence was cut so that firefighters could get to the fire, it sparked.

At first, firefighters thought the gate had been rigged to slow response to the burning concession stand. But authorities didn’t find anything suspicious.

The fire may have caused electricity to travel through an underground service line and that somehow energized the fence, but authorities are still investigating.

“We’re certainly glad our firefighter was not seriously injured,” said Eagle River Fire Protection District Chief Charlie Moore, adding that the firefighter is back to work.

Holy Cross Energy will make sure the building is safe before it operates again, Moore said.

AVON ” A man who stole pain pills from an employee break room was arrested, according to an Avon Police Department report.

An employee at sporting goods store cried in pain to police about missing painkillers he needed after a root canal surgery.

The pills were stolen from his backpack by a friend, who the employee described as a “‘pill freak.'” The man called the friend and begged him to bring back the pills.

The friend returned to the store with the pills, some of which he already had taken.

The friend was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, theft and driving under the influence of drugs.

CORDILLERA ” A man’s $2,000 bracelet was stolen when he left it on top of a trash can for almost eight hours, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The man, 59, was working on his new home when his gold 8-and-1/2 by 1/2-inch bracelet fell off. He picked it up and put it on top of his trash can in his driveway about 11:30 a.m.

About 7 p.m., he searched around the trash can, but couldn’t find it.

He had hired temporary workers to help at his home but didn’t know their names.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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