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Aspen girl speaks out in video about alleged rape

October 17, 2018 — A 16-year-old local girl who says she was raped by two Aspen acquaintances has brought the #MeToo movement directly to the heart of the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. Paige Quist posted a two-and-a-half-minute video to YouTube late last week in which she says she wants

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Colorado AG sues OxyContin manufacturer, alleging it ‘unleashed a surge of prescription opioids on Coloradans’

October 9, 2018 — DENVER — The sales rep for one of America’s most prominent opioid manufacturers walked out of a Wheat Ridge pain clinic in May 2010 and couldn’t help but notice something odd. “(M)ost patients were young and particularly healthy looking,” he wrote in a note on

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Colorado State Patrol fires Steamboat trooper after inappropriate actions with 3 women

October 5, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Colorado State Patrol trooper working out of Steamboat Springs has been fired after allegations surfaced that he acted inappropriately with women he had arrested for driving under the influence. Kris Hammond, who has been practicing law in Steamboat for 32 years,

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Accused Vail Valley murderer Leigha Ackerson to get psychiatric exam in state prison mental hospital

October 4, 2018 — EAGLE — A woman accused of helping murder an Edwards woman in her home has suffered a lifetime of domestic abuse, her attorneys say. Leigha Ackerson's defense attorneys filed a motion bringing into question Ackerson's mental condition when she and husband Jacob White broke into

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Valerie Demarco sentenced to 10 years in Vail Valley forgery scheme

September 24, 2018 — EAGLE — Valerie DeMarco said she and Jabez Parker counterfeited U.S. currency and passed it at Vail Valley retailers. For that, and because it's not her first criminal offence, DeMarco was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week on two felony forgery charges. After

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Catherine Kelley’s murderer pleads guilty to killing Vail Valley woman, says he ‘hates’ what he did

September 21, 2018 — EAGLE — Jacob White admitted he helped kill Catherine Kelley in her Pilgrim Downs home. He will spend 68 years in prison, although Kelley's family argued passionately that it's not enough. "I did not act in self-defense or to protect Leigha when we killed Ms.

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Accused Sno-Cat stealer makes first Eagle County court appearance. Four counties want a piece of Jason Cuervo

September 13, 2018 — EAGLE — Jason Cuervo spends more time on the highway these days than the Sno-Cat he allegedly stole. Cuervo finally made his first Eagle County Court appearance this week, after missing his first local court appearance because he was in the Jefferson County jail. Cuervo

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Co-defendant testifies in Ramon Villa sexual assault trial

September 7, 2018 — EAGLE — Jurors gathered for the second day of testimony at the Eagle County Justice Center on Friday in the trial of Ramon Villa, one of four men accused of sexually assaulting a woman too inebriated to consent on St. Patrick's Day 2016. The day's

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Jury hears opening statements, expert testimony in Villa trial

September 6, 2018 — EAGLE — The trial of Ramon Villa officially began on a chilly Thursday morning at the Eagle County Justice Center, bringing impassioned opening statements from attorneys on both sides, along with expert testimony from a former Colorado Bureau of Investigation DNA analyst, a forensic toxicologist

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Ramon Villa’s 2016 St. Patrick’s Day sexual assault case continuing coverage

September 4, 2018 — Mistrial declared in trial of Ramon Villa According to Deputy District Attorney Lisa Hunt, the decision was made after a page of notes including details from the trial of Justin Cayce Erwin — another of the accused — was discovered in a notebook being used

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Day 1: Trial begins for Ramon Villa, one of four accused in 2016 Silverthorne sexual assault

September 4, 2018 — Editor's note: Find continued coverage of this trial at http://www.vaildaily.com. EAGLE — It was standing room only at the Eagle County Justice Center on Tuesday, Sept. 4, as more than 130 potential jurors filed into the courtroom to begin the voir dire process in the

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Statewide DUI study finds men in their 20s most likely to drive under the influence

August 22, 2018 — Men in their 20s are more likely to drive impaired than any other group, according to a new study. The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice analyzed more than 27,000 driving under the influence cases filed in Colorado during 2016 — the first report of its

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Denver man gets two years in state prison after speeding through Vail in a stolen car

August 6, 2018 — EAGLE — If you're driving a stolen car at almost 30 mph faster than the posted speed limit, and you're pulled over, then it would be in your best interest if you were not suspected of being under the influence of marijuana. It would also

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Alleged Lake Christine culprits get two-week reprieve. Bond hearing for Marcus, Miller, postponed until Aug. 14

July 31, 2018 — EAGLE — The pair accused of sparking the Lake Christine fire received a two-week reprieve Tuesday morning, July 31. Allison Marcus, 22, and Richard Miller, 23, were scheduled for a hearing before Eagle County Court Judge Rachel Fresquez. However, because the judge was scheduled to

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Accused Vail shoplifters back in court; pair allegedly stashed $20,000 of stolen stuff in their rented economy car

July 30, 2018 — VAIL — Two men charged with theft allegedly stole more than $20,000 in merchandise from luxury shops in Vail and then got caught when they stashed it in a rented economy car. Alan Badasack Phongboupha, 27, of Thornton, made his first appearance Monday, July 30,

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Authorities want to question man in mountain bike theft from Edwards storefront

July 24, 2018 — EDWARDS — Authorities would like a word with a man who may know something about a stolen mountain bike. On Wednesday, July 11, a black Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt mountain bike was stolen from the front of the Belmont Deli in Edwards. Storefront video from nearby

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Jury begins deliberation in Silverthorne sexual assault trial

July 23, 2018 — The jury heard closing statements and began deliberation on Monday afternoon in the trial of Justin Cayce Erwin, one of four men accused of sexually assaulting a women in a Silverthorne apartment on St. Patrick's Day in 2016.

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St. Patrick’s Day sexual assault case: Lead detective returns to stand in Erwin trial

July 20, 2018 — Jurors, attorneys and a number of interested parties arrived at the Eagle County Justice Center on Friday to hear the final day of testimony in the trial of Justin Cayce Erwin, one of four men accused of sexually assaulting a women at a Silverthorne apartment on St. Patrick’s Day in 2016.

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Court of Appeals upholds Traci Cunningham’s murder conviction for shooting her adoptive mother in the back

July 20, 2018 — EAGLE — An Aurora woman will spend her life in prison for murdering her adoptive mother, who was a retired nun and social studies teacher. The Colorado Court of Appeals unanimously upheld Traci Cunningham's first degree murder conviction in a ruling issued late Thursday, July

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Judge calls Pedro Gonzalez attempted murder case ‘unexplainable’ in handing down 42-year sentence

July 19, 2018 — EAGLE — Pedro Gonzalez savagely beat Dita Richterova. He admitted it, and security video showed him doing it. But "why" remains a mystery even to District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman, who sentenced Gonzalez to 42 years in prison Thursday afternoon, July 19. "This case is

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