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Reward increased for info on dog death case

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Animal Protection Agents from the Eagle Valley Humane Society are currently investigating and looking for the public’s help in a case of suspected animal cruelty.

On Aug. 4, deputies responded to Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel on a report of a dog head and leg that appeared to have been severed from the body. Upon examination by veterinarians, the dog appears to have been approximately 2 to 3 years old and a breed of miniature pinscher or miniature pinscher mix. The injuries appear to have been caused by a human and not an animal.

Tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved could result in a reward of up to $5,000. National and local animal welfare organizations, including the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and Eagle Valley Humane Society, are offering a reward of $2,500 and $1,500, respectively, for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Crime Stoppers is also offering a $1,000 reward in this case.

Individuals who might know someone who has recently lost their family pet, have information about the suspects or this crime are urged to contact the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500, Eagle Valley Humane Society at (970) 280-5738 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at (970) 328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at, or via text to STOPCRIME and a message to CRIMES (274637).

Private plane goes off the runway

A private aircraft ran off the side of the runway after landing at the Eagle County Regional Airport on Aug. 25, closing the runway for about 45 minutes. The pilot was the only person on board and was uninjured.

The replica Spitfire aircraft sustained damage to the nose cone and propeller. Weather at the time of the crash was high overcast and calm.

Eagle County Regional Airport Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Eagle County Paramedic Services responded to the incident. Cause of the crash will be determined following an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Kids keep dad out of jail

A deputy stopped a 36-year-old man for speeding on Interstate 70 near Eagle Aug. 14 and saw the man was very nervous.

The man said he picked up his kids in Denver and was going home to Grand Junction. The deputy saw there were two boys and a girl in the car.

The man’s hands were shaking as he handed over a Colorado identification card. The officer asked if there was something wrong with the man’s driver license. The man said he had just lost his license.

The deputy asked if he could search the car. The man gave permission and the officer did not find anything illegal but noted there were several magazines specifically for marijuana and marijuana cultivation.

The deputy told the man that because of the family situation he would not be arrested. The officer issued him a court summons and told him he could drive to a hotel in Eagle but no farther.

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