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Aurora marine lived on creek water, worms during multi-state manhunt ending in Virginia

August 15, 2017 — In Frisco, police released a canine to hunt him down and staked out his hotel with an armored vehicle for six hours. In Kansas, they used two spike strips to stop his vehicle, only to have him escape on foot and allegedly speed off in a stolen […]

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Evidence found in sewer leads to felony charges

August 15, 2017 — Aspen Police Officer Dan Davis knew the drill. It was late February and he'd just caught a 22-year-old local man and a juvenile in a locked bathroom at Rio Grande Park with the smell of freshly burnt marijuana hanging in the air. The local man, […]

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Dirt-biker flees Aspen cops, arrested for DUI

August 15, 2017 — A 33-year-old local man who fled from police on a dirt bike after allegedly running a stop sign Friday night was later arrested for drunken driving, according to court documents. Matthew Steele was charged with vehicular eluding, a felony, and five misdemeanors including DUI, reckless […]

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Parachute stabbing suspect arrested late Wednesday night

August 10, 2017 — At approximately 10:20 p.m. Wednesday evening, an individual was stabbed in Parachute on the 200 block of N. Russey Ave. and airlifted to the hospital for treatment. The suspect, 42-year-old James Shannon, fled the scene before officers arrived, according to a Parachute Police Department press release. […]

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Aspen men plead not guilty in federal drug case

August 4, 2017 — A federal grand jury last month returned a superseding indictment charging two Aspen residents and 15 other defendants as part of an investigation into a Mexican drug ring, according to court documents. The 57-count indictment, issued July 11, preceded not-guilty pleas entered July 27 in […]

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Silverthorne SWAT fugitive eludes police in Kansas as daring, multi-state chase continues

August 4, 2017 — For nearly six hours on Wednesday, police in tactical gear surrounded the Quality Inn in Silverthorne hoping to capture a man who was accused of an audacious escape that involved ramming a patrol car and vanishing into the night after leading officers on a chase to Frisco. […]

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6-hour Silverthorne SWAT operation fails to turn up suspect

August 3, 2017 — Nearly a dozen police cars including a SWAT vehicle swarmed around a Quality Inn in Silverthorne for roughly six hours on Wednesday, believing they may have surrounded a suspect who had rammed a cop car and eluded capture the night before. It turned out, however, […]

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Glenwood Springs police seek hit-and-run driver

August 2, 2017 — Glenwood Springs police are on the lookout for a driver who fled Sunday night from a head-on collision in West Glenwood that left two people with traumatic injuries. Emergency responders were paged at  9:34 p.m. to the intersection of U.S. 6 and Center Drive. A […]

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Aspen-area maid accused of stealing money for third time

July 31, 2017 — A New Castle maid caught on camera two years ago stealing cash from a home she cleaned was arrested again last week for the exact same offense, according to court documents. The arrest actually marked the third time Alejandra Magos-Carbajal, 32, has been accused of […]

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19-year-old sentenced to 6 years in prison for Carbondale store robbery

July 26, 2017 — A district court judge sentenced Nicholas Ameral to six years in prison Tuesday. The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to felony aggravated robbery with an armed confederate. His co-defendant in the robbery of a Carbondale convenience store is his cousin, Benjamin Weeks, who prosecutors say wielded the […]

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Eagle man allegedly tried to beat female bartender to death at closing time

July 25, 2017 — EAGLE — An Eagle man faces almost five decades in prison for allegedly trying to kill a female bartender at closing time early Monday morning. Pedro Gonzalez, 34, of Eagle, was caught five hours after he allegedly beat the woman in Eagle’s Brush Creek Saloon. […]

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Man faces sex charges for alleged El Jebel incident

July 21, 2017 — A 29-year-old man was arrested this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child in El Jebel. The Eagle County Sheriff's Office issued a statement Thursday saying it had taken into custody Hernan Delcid Guzman, who was booked in the Eagle County Detention Facility on […]

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Sons arrested in theft from Waffle House CEO’s ranch; animal cruelty alleged

July 18, 2017 — Two sons of a Silt couple accused in a years-long string of embezzlement from Bear Wallow Ranch have turned themselves in on warrants charging felony theft stemming from the same case. In June, Garfield County authorities arrested Charles “Zane” Farris and Charla Farris in a long […]

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Cops: Politics leads to violent threat at Snowmass restaurant

July 18, 2017 — Police arrested a Roaring Fork Valley man Sunday who claimed to have a gun in his backpack and threatened to "make all of you pay" after a political argument at a Snowmass Village restaurant, according to court documents. Francis Parente, 28, was charged with felony […]

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Man arrested after claiming to be former NFL player

July 17, 2017 — A 25-year-old man attempted to usurp the identity of a well-known former NFL receiver Friday in a bid to purchase more than $18,000 worth of merchandise from Louis Vuitton in downtown Aspen, police said in court documents. Mervin Cabe of Miami told employees at the […]

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UPDATE: Burglar gets stuck in air vent breaking into Garfield County Fairgrounds

July 13, 2017 — An attempted burglary left a man caught in a trap of his own making Wednesday morning. The 27-year old Rifle resident tried to break into the Garfield County Fairgrounds, authorities said. Officers found him at the scene minutes into what they said was his second […]

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Judge moves Carbondale armed robbery case forward

July 13, 2017 — A district court judge found in a preliminary hearing Wednesday that there is probable cause to move forward on all counts in the Carbondale armed robbery case against Benjamin Weeks. However, Weeks is also facing a murder charge in Las Vegas, stemming from a woman […]

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Carbondale armed robber pleads guilty

July 7, 2017 — Nicholas Ameral, a 19-year-old arrested in a February armed robbery of a Carbondale convenience store, has pleaded guilty to felony aggravated armed robbery with a confederate. Ameral and his cousin, Benjamin Weeks, were arrested in February following a gunpoint robbery of the Cowen Center Convenience […]

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Aspen cop-kicker sentenced to probation

July 1, 2017 — A local homeless man with a history of violence against police was sentenced this week to four years probation for assaulting two Aspen police officers on separate occasions in 2015. Landin Smith, who has been incarcerated at the Pitkin County Jail for most of the […]

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Homeless man charged with hate crime in Aspen attack

July 1, 2017 — A transient man was charged with a hate crime for pulling a knife on a black man in downtown Aspen on Thursday night and repeatedly yelling racial slurs at him for no reason, according to court documents. The arrest marked the second time in a […]

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