Dogs Chasing Wildlife
A local resident contacted Eagle Police Jan. 20 to report that two local dogs had been chasing elk along the Eagle Ranch Golf Course.
An officer was able to locate the dogs’ owner and explained his pets had been seen chasing elk. The man asked his daughter to listen to the conversation as the officer talked about the seriousness of such incidents. The officer noted that the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife could be called in to investigate the issue.
The officer noted the dog owner was very understanding and stated that his dogs probably followed the elk’s scent because animals had been crossing through his back yard.
Secret Shopper scam
An Eagle woman contacted police to inform officers about a suspected employment scam.
The woman said she had come across a “secret shopper” posting on line. She applied for a job and received a response stating she had been hired. The woman provided some personal information, including her P.O. Box number, physical address, age and cell phone number but she did not provide any financial information. The contact from the ad indicated she would receive a package in the mail which would include a money order. The woman was instructed to keep $150 from the money order and then forward any remaining money to the next secret shopper via Western Union, and provide information regarding the service she received.
The woman never received the package but a person named Terry Liebmann started to text the Eagle woman to ask about it.
Eventually the woman told her son and her husband about the incident. They performed an internet search with the words “secret shopping scam — Terry Liebmann” and found a fraud alert page. They also found information from a person in Gypsum who was the victim of a similar scam.
The Eagle woman noted she had not shared any financial information and had not suffered any losses, but she wanted to make Eagle Police aware of the incident.
Lost and Found
An Eagle Public Works employee turned in a pair of skis he found by Town Park on Jan. 17.
The employee said he found the skis on the ground in the middle of the road along Fifth Street, but was not able to locate the owner.
On Jan. 19, an Eagle man called to report some stolen skis. When an officer spoke to the man, he described his missing skis and the description matched the skis that had been turned in.
The man noted he had been at town park on the 17 and had leaned his skis against his truck. He said he must have accidently driven off and forgotten to load them.
Drink or visit the ER
Eagle Police were called to a local motel around midnight Jan. 21 in response to a call for medical assistance.
When the officer arrived, he found a man he had spoken with earlier that evening when the man was attempting to hitch hike along Grand Avenue. The officer noted the man had a cold pack on his left hand and scuff marks on his right hand. The officer also noted the man was unsteady on his feet and appeared to be intoxicated. When the officer asked what had happened, the man stated he had slipped on the ice, even though the marks appeared to be consistent with a fist fight.
The officer asked the man where he was headed. The man said he was trying to get to the Gypsum Urgent Care center to get his hand examined. The officer informed the man the center was closed and he would have to got to an emergency room in Vail or Glenwood if he wanted medical attention. The man asked for a ride to the ER. The officer replied that would not be possible, and offered to call an ambulance. The man declined medical help and said he would find his own way to the ER.
The man made his way to the motel and called 911 for an ambulance. He was surprised to see the Eagle officer was the first person to arrive, but thanked him for coming. The officer told the man emergency medical personnel were on the way, and noted the man’s speech was becoming more and more slurred.
When the man began talking with the EMS personnel, he became agitated, according to the officer. The officer attempted to calm down the man, who then became upset because a police officer was at the scene. Eventually the officer told the man to turn around and place his hands behind his back. The man was reportedly tense, but he complied and was handcuffed. He continued yelling at the officer and the medical personnel until he eventually calmed down and the officer removed the cuffs.
EMS agreed to transport the man to the hospital and during a pat down before he entered the ambulance, the officer found a marijuana pipe in the man’s possession. The man asked to take it back to his room, which he did. When he returned to the ambulance, he brought a bottle of alcohol. The man reportedly said he needed to take a shot before he went to the hospital. The officer informed him that wouldn’t be possible, but the man placed the bottle in his pocket.
The officer told the man he could either remove the bottle and go with the ambulance crew or he could stay in his room and drink. The man chose the second options and refused any further assistance. Everyone left the scene.
Shovel out fire hydrants
Although it is not snowing as we speak, the town of Eagle would like to remind community members that fire hydrants are essential to public safety and must be kept clear of obstructions, including snow.
The town is requesting assistance in clearing snow from around fire hydrants near residents’ homes. The town has more than 750 fire hydrants and appreciates the help from residents in making sure they are accessible.
Hydrants must be readily accessible to firefighters. To operate a hydrant, fire crews request that residents clear a 3-foot radius around the hydrant down to the base of the snow. Fire service personnel warn that taking time to find and dig out a fire hydrant can cost firefighters precious time and diminish efforts to effectively get water on a fire.
The town also reminds contractors that snow removal activities must not obstruct access to fire hydrants and operations must conform to applicable municipal ordinances in their areas of operation.
For more information on keeping fire hydrants clear, contact the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District at 970-328-7244.
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