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San Diego man allegedly zip-tied his girlfriend, tried to strangle her in Vail lodge, faces attempted murder

February 17, 2018 — Updates with additional information VAIL — A California man is accused of trying to strangle his girlfriend to death after he tied her hands behind her back with police-style flex-cuff zip ties. Martin Ian Goodman, 54, from San Diego, California, is booked on charges of

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Edwards murder suspects want separate trials, prosecutors want them tried together

February 16, 2018 — EAGLE — The District Attorney's Office wants one trial for both people charged with murdering a beloved Edwards woman. Their defense attorneys want them to stand trial separately. In a short hearing Friday afternoon, Feb. 16, District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman said he would decide

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Guilty verdict in 12 minutes: Jury convicts Martin Arroyo of assault, stalking

February 15, 2018 — EAGLE — Martin Arroyo lived in a storage unit when he left hundreds of profane and threatening voicemails and texts on a Roaring Fork Valley woman's phone. A jury took between 12 and 14 minutes to send him to another type of storage unit, state

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Assault, harassment trial begins: Man allegedly left dozens of profane messages on victim’s voicemail

February 14, 2018 — EAGLE — An assault and harassment trial involving a couple began, ironically, on Valentine's Day. "Today may be Valentine's Day, but this is not a love story. It's a story about a romance that went horribly wrong," Prosecutor Cathleen Noone said in her opening statement

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Mother admits to vehicular homicide in crash that killed two of her girls

February 12, 2018 — EAGLE — Jenny Figaszewski rushed around her crashed black 1998 BMW, the blood of her dead children splattered on her clothes. "My children are dead!" she screamed at Colorado State Patrol troopers after the 2016 accident, as she frantically asked to use a cell phone.

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Seven-hour Dotsero SWAT standoff case ends with six-year prison sentence

February 1, 2018 — EAGLE — A Dotsero's man troubles started with a seven-hour standoff in May with a SWAT team and ended Wednesday, Jan. 31, with a seven-year sentence. Santos Crespin, 37, will spend six years in prison and at least one year on parole. He barricaded himself

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Pickup, information sought in connection with Minturn pedestrian hit-and-run

January 30, 2018 — MINTURN — Authorities are looking for a pickup truck involved in a pedestrian hit and run. Eagle County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the incident, which happened Monday night, Jan. 29. Deputies are looking for a gray Chevy pickup with a missing passenger mirror. Call 911

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Consensual sext: New sexting law gives options to Eagle County law enforcement

January 30, 2018 — GYPSUM — Colorado lawmakers wanted to give law enforcement some middle ground about sexting, somewhere between felonies-or-bust and a slap on the wrist. It looks like they hit their target, said Tad Degen, a school resource officer with the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. Colorado's new

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Accused murderers ‘likely’ called an Uber in Pilgrim Downs killing, Sheriff confirms

January 29, 2018 — EDWARDS — Two accused murderers likely counted on an Uber as their getaway car. Catherine Kelley, 74, was found strangled to death in her Pilgrim Downs home Wednesday, Jan. 24 Leigha Paige Ackerson, 24, and Jacob Taylor White, 23, are accused of killing her. They're

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Long arm of the law reaches deep into the heart of Texas to nab alleged scammer

January 27, 2018 — EAGLE — A classified ad in the local newspaper helped police nab an alleged scammer working from Texas. Eagle Police say Linda Lazard Franks, 56, was allegedly running scams from a Beaumont, Texas, Walmart money center, when the long arm of the law reached all

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Denver pair arrested in Edwards death; male, female suspects hid but were quickly caught

January 25, 2018 — This story has been updated since authorities have released the name of the victim. EDWARDS — An Edwards resident is dead and two Denver people are in jail in connection with it. Jacob Taylor White, 23, and Leigha Page Ackerson, 24, both from Denver, are

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Eagle County Sheriff seeks alleged credit card thieves after holiday buying spree

January 24, 2018 — EAGLE — Authorities are looking for three men suspected of going around the Roaring Fork Valley buying items during the holidays with stolen credit cards. The Eagle County Sheriff's Office is asking help in identifying the three men. Deputies say they are suspected of making

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Garfield County jail releases wrong inmate, re-captures him the next morning

January 23, 2018 — GARFIELD COUNTY — A Garfield County jail inmate who had been released in error late Monday night, Jan. 22, was re-arrested and returned to jail about six hours later. On Monday at approximately 11 p.m., Armando Jose Mayo, 19, escaped through a release error by

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Vail Police seeking West Vail McDonald’s armed robbery suspect

January 21, 2018 — VAIL — Police are seeking a man who robbed a fast food restaurant at gunpoint early Sunday morning. At 6:04 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, the man walked into the dining room of the West Vail McDonald's restaurant, 2171 North Frontage Road W. For a minute

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Graffiti saying ‘hobo jelly’ sprayed along Interstate 70 in Eagle County

January 12, 2018 — EAGLE — Some people apparently fancy themselves Picasso with a spray can. Eagle County Sheriff's deputies have responded to several graffiti incidents where people are drawing aliens and scrawling "Hobo" or "Hobo Jelly" on highway overpasses and Union Pacific train trestles along Interstate 70. The

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Alleged Vail marijuana dealer busted for trying to trade pot for Teller Sheriff’s SUV

January 3, 2018 — DIVIDE — The Teller County Sheriff was trying to sell his personal SUV online, and an alleged Vail drug dealer tried to trade four pounds of black-market marijuana for it. Shawn Langley, 39, of Vail, answered Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell's Craigslist ad for the

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Former Summit County man charged with 2010 Elbert County murder of schoolteacher

December 26, 2017 — A former Summit County man was arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 19, in connection with the 2010 murder of an Elbert County schoolteacher, potentially closing the seven-and-a-half year cold case of Randy Wilson, found strangled to death in a remote field. Daniel Pesch, 34, has been

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Anti-Santa strikes again: Thieves stealing presents from vehicles, porches, mostly in Edwards area

December 21, 2017 — EDWARDS — Call them the Grinch, the Anti-Santa or something worse, but thieves have been pilfering presents from porches and cars. After a young man watched a thief steal a present from his front porch Monday morning, local police and sheriff's deputies received multiple reports

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Anti-Santa pilfers package from porch, as young man who lives there watches

December 20, 2017 — EDWARDS — A young man watched someone steal a package from his front porch as he was waiting for his ride to school Monday morning, Dec. 18. The young man called his father, who notified deputies with the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. The alleged porch

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Former Lake County undersheriff indicted on seven charges, including three sex charges

December 12, 2017 — LEADVILLE — A grand jury indicted former Lake County undersheriff on seven charges, include four sex charges involving minors. Fernando Mendoza was indicted on seven counts Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 12. The seven charges include four felonies and three sex charges: attempted sexual exploitation of a

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