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Liza Repasky Lowe memorial

Many gathered at Eagle Valley High School on Sunday afternoon for the memorial of local Liza Repasky Lowe.

The 33-year-old mother died unexpectedly after collapsing at home from an unknown cause. The popular Gypsum resident worked as a director of medical staff services at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. She is survived by her two sons, Glenn, 10, and Andrew, 7.

A memorial fund for Liza Lowe to benefit her sons is set up at Alpine Bank.

Jury nixes award in ski injury case

Last year a ski instructor was injured in a collision on Beaver Creek mountain, but during a trial last week, the jury said the defendant in a civil case was not liable for those injuries.

Dan Sheffield, a retired Denver attorney and Beaver Creek ski instructor, sued a Mexico City family for injuries he said he suffered in a collision with their 13-year-old son. The six-person jury agreed that Sheffield had been injured, but it was not the teen’s fault.

Sheffield had asked for a year’s income in his lawsuit.

Back in jail

Matthew Knetzer, 21, pleaded guilty to theft charges early last week in District Judge Paul Dunkelman’s court.

Four days later, he was back in jail after he allegedly got in a bar fight and spit on a Vail police officer and a firefighter.

That alleged act is a felony, and Knetzer remains jail.

Poisoned milkshakes suspect remains in jail

Carbondale resident Maria Alvarado-Gomez, charged with giving her children poisoned milkshakes and described by her attorney as deeply depressed, will not be released from jail on personal recognizance, Judge James Boyd decided last week.

Alvarado-Gomez, 32, is being held at the Garfield County Jail on a $300,000 bond on two counts of first-degree attempted murder stemming from allegations that she fed her daughters, 8 and 11, rat poison in June.

Carbondale theft case builds

Prosecutors continue to build the case against a New Castle woman accused of stealing at least $100,000 from her Carbondale employer between 2009 and 2012.

Erin Pressler, 45, now faces additional charges related to state and federal income tax fraud and Social Security theft covering that same period of time, bringing the total number of felony and misdemeanor counts against her to 68.


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