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Heads up, Vail Valley, ’tis also the season for scams

December 17, 2018 — EAGLE COUNTY — If someone tries to extract money from you by claiming to be a celebrity or a Sheriff's deputy, chances are it's a scam. The Eagle County Sheriff's Office has been fielding complaints that telephone callers are posing as deputies, and claiming to

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Trust your gut: Man at center of I-70 stabbing incident warns public

December 15, 2018 — CRAIG — The only warning was the sudden rock of the slow-moving truck as the man launched forward, knife in hand, to attack the driver. The first cut was long, but shallow, hampered by the fabric of the driver’s hoodie. Ron Wilson instinctively raised his

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Russian spammers the likely source of fake email bomb threats, IT experts say

December 13, 2018 — AVON — Russian spammers appear to be the source of email bomb threats that blanketed the region and nation, says an IT director with a regional media company. Following the investigation of all reports, it was determined that no credible threats existed, the Eagle County

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District Attorney Bruce Brown says he has only ‘scratched the surface’ of consumer fraud

December 12, 2018 — The Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office has been busy of late dealing with consumer fraud cases as more individuals look to the courts for solutions in dealing with fraudulent business practices and financial crimes. Late last month the office charged Tracey Craig Tucker, a plumber

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Jury convicts former Lake County undersheriff Fernando Mendoza guilty of aggravated incest

December 11, 2018 — LEADVILLE — A Lake County jury convicted the former Lake County undersheriff on two sex assault charges late Monday afternoon, Dec. 10. Fernando Mendoza was found guilty by a jury on two counts: Attempt to commit first degree aggravated incest, a felony, and attempt to

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98-year snowball fight ban ends in Colorado town after 9-year-old’s presentation

December 5, 2018 — SEVERANCE — Dane Best, 9, took tough questions from members of the Severance Town Board on Monday night when he presented a list of reasons why they should repeal a ban on snowball fights. "Can we amend this ordinance to say that if you're over 60,

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I-70 temporarily closed Tuesday due to standoff near Rifle, suspect in custody

December 4, 2018 — No shots were fired and no one was injured in a more-than three-hour standoff near Rifle Tuesday, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities closed Interstate 70 and Highway 6 near West Rifle for more than three hours Tuesday to respond to a potentially

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Grand Junction man busted for drunken discharge of firearm. He says he was locked out, trying to get someone’s attention

December 4, 2018 — MINTURN — An intoxicated Grand Junction man is being charged with discharging a firearm while drunk. Steven Fortner is in custody after allegedly firing several rounds from a handgun early Sunday, Nov. 4, according to police. When deputies found him, he told them he was

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Vail Valley stabbing suspect may forego trial; suspect may take a plea deal

December 3, 2018 — EAGLE — Attorneys say there is a 50/50 chance that a teenager charged with trying to murder an Avon woman in May will take a plea deal, and not go to trial. Andrew Young appeared Monday morning, Dec. 3, before District Court Judge Russell Granger

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Colorado task force rolls out plan to improve juvenile justice system

November 21, 2018 — Substantial changes could be coming to how Colorado handles youth offenders next year. Last week the Improving Outcomes for Youth Statewide Task Force released a series of recommendations to strengthen the juvenile justice system, increase public safety and develop better outcomes for youth who come into

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Valerie Demarco sentenced to 10 years in forgery scheme

November 20, 2018 — Editor's note: A story published in September about Valerie DeMarco incorrectly stated that she had been sentenced at that time. She pleaded guilty in September and was sentenced Nov. 14. EAGLE — Valerie DeMarco will spend 10 years in prison for her part in a

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Colorado man sentenced to life in prison for killing wife, 2 daughters

November 20, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for killing his pregnant wife and their two young daughters and dumping their bodies on an oil work site. Prosecutors have said they agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange

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Woman found in Vail Dumpster requests exclusion of police testimony from trial, scheduled for February

November 15, 2018 — EAGLE — Defense attorneys want to keep interviews with Vail Police detectives out of a trial for a woman who police say put herself in a dumpster and then lied about it. Linnea Hayda claimed someone had thrown her in a West Vail dumpster in

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Lake County man arrested for assault on Leadville Police Officer

November 10, 2018 — Lake County, CO – Dylan Byrne Gregg of Leadville (Lake County) was arrested today on charges of assault upon a Leadville Police Officer stemming from an incident which occurred on Oct. 30, 2018, at his home, where police responded to a domestic assault in progress.

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Former town of Vail employee charged with soliciting child prostitute in Glenwood Springs

November 8, 2018 — GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A man charged with soliciting a minor for prostitution in Glenwood Springs is a Gypsum resident and worked for the town of Vail for more than 24 years, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent has learned. Ronald Braden, 53, appeared in Garfield County

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Marine combat veteran kills 12 in California bar shooting

November 8, 2018 — THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded Marine combat veteran dressed all in black opened fire during college night at a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in terror before apparently

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Grand jury indicts two for trafficking juveniles in Glenwood Springs

November 3, 2018 — A woman charged with trafficking and prostituting minors in Glenwood Springs was transferred to the Garfield County Jail Tuesday. A Colorado grand jury indictment alleges Damara Hester, 25, and Dasjuan Goode, 30, transported two juveniles in July 2017 to the Plaza Inn on Sixth Street

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Man in SWAT standoff outside of Breckenridge charged with felony menacing

November 1, 2018 — The man who spurred a 15-hour police standoff outside of his home near Breckenridge has been identified as 64-year-old James Michael Reed. Reed is charged with two counts of menacing, a class-five felony, along with a misdemeanor count of prohibited use of a weapon. At

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Spencer Sterling, accused of setting two fires in Beaver Creek, found incompetent to stand trial

October 31, 2018 — EAGLE — A Vail Valley man had been out of jail four days when he allegedly set two fires in a Beaver Creek building. Spencer Sterling's trial, however, has been postponed indefinitely after state psychiatrists determined that Sterling is incompetent to stand trial. He will

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Leadville man hospitalized after police shooting. Police say man threatened officer during domestic dispute

October 30, 2018 — LEADVILLE — A domestic dispute ended with a police shooting that sent a Leadville man to a Denver hospital. Dylan Byrne Gregg, 32, threatened a police officer who responded to the 911 call in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday, Oct. 30, Leadville police said in a

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