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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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Vail Valley law enforcement, state patrol launch ‘Lockdown Your Car’ campaign to prevent auto theft

July 12, 2018 — VAIL — Those four people suspected in a string of car break-ins and thefts also committed other crimes. No one should be surprised, authorities say. "Auto theft is not just a property crime. In fact, 97 percent of adults charged with auto theft also commit

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Alleged Sno-Cat stealer Jason Cuervo missed first Vail Valley court date; he’s still in the Jefferson County jail

July 10, 2018 — EAGLE — The man accused of stealing a huge orange Sno-Cat had a pretty good reason for missing his first Eagle County court date Tuesday, July 10. Jason Cuervo, accused of stealing the Sno-Cat from a Minturn restaurant parking lot, is still in the Jefferson

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Alleged Avon stabber Andrew Young’s prelim set for October; he remains in jail on $2 million bond in knife attack case

July 9, 2018 — EAGLE — The preliminary hearing for Andrew Young, the teenager accused of trying to stab an Avon woman to death on a jogging path in early May, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 31. His attorneys will get to tell a bit of his side of

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Woman found in dumpster makes first felony court appearance; Linnea Hayda’s claims are ‘fictitious,’ Vail police say

June 27, 2018 — EAGLE — A woman charged with false reporting after she was found in a dumpster was back in court Wednesday, June 27. Linnea Hayda, 31, made her first felony court appearance Wednesday morning before District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman. Hayda did not enter a plea

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Summit man pleads guilty in St. Patrick’s Day sex assault. Michael Gelber one of four initially charged

June 27, 2018 — EAGLE — One of four men accused in a St. Patrick's Day sexual assault pleaded guilty to reduced charges, rather than take his chances at trial. Michael Gelber agreed to a guilty plea on three counts, one felony with a deferred sentence and two misdemeanors.

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Life sentence for John Vasquez, who burned Christina Aruchuleta-Blasier to death in front of her children during camping trip

June 19, 2018 — GEORGETOWN — Christina Archuleta-Blasier just wanted to enjoy a camping trip with her sons. John Vasquez, 34, of Arvada, doused her with gasoline and set her on fire on June 17, 2016. A jury convicted him in April, his second conviction for a criminally violent

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Alleged Avon stabber moved to valley in April; Andrew Young Jr.’s bond set at $2 million in attempted murder case

June 18, 2018 — EAGLE — It will cost a man who allegedly stabbed a jogger in Avon $2 million to bond out of jail. In a Monday morning, June 18, hearing, Andrew Young Jr.'s bond was set at $2 million, four times the $500,000 his defense attorney Public

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Alleged murderer pleads not guilty; October trial set for Jacob White, Catherine Kelley’s alleged killer

June 8, 2018 — EAGLE — The man charged with murdering a Vail Valley woman in her home said he is not guilty. Jacob Taylor White was arraigned on first-degree murder charges and seven other felonies for allegedly murdering Catherine Kelley in her Pilgrim Downs home and then called

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Texas man guilty in savage Brush Creek Saloon beating; Pedro Gonzalez convicted of attempted murder

June 6, 2018 — EAGLE — Pedro Gonzalez savagely beat Dita Richterova. Gonzalez admitted it and security video showed him doing it. A jury spent four hours Wednesday afternoon, June 6, determining that Gonzalez was also guilty of trying to kill her. Along with assault, the jury of eight

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FBI charges Carbondale man for pursuing sex with 7-year-old girl in Missouri

June 6, 2018 — A Carbondale-area man is facing a maximum of life in prison after FBI special agents in Kansas City believe he attempted to solicit sex with a purported 7-year-old girl. Posing as a single mother of two, an FBI online covert employee engaged in months of online

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Brush Creek assailant Pedro Gonzalez claims he remembers little of the night he allegedly tried to beat a woman to death

June 5, 2018 — EAGLE — Pedro Gonzalez claims her remembers little or nothing after the first time he hit Dita Richterova in the head with a beer bottle. Gonzalez took the stand in his own defense during his attempted murder trial. Defense Attorney Thea Reiff opened his testimony

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Avon woman stabbed five times, suspect spotted with blood on his hands, pool of blood outside his door, police say

June 5, 2018 — AVON — The pool of blood outside an alleged stabber's sliding glass apartment door told Avon police they had likely found their assailant. Andrew Young Jr., 18, originally from Red Bank, New Jersey, told an Avon doctor earlier the morning of Thursday, May 31, that

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