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Trafficking sting recovers 17 kids in Colorado, Wyoming

October 19, 2017 — DENVER — FBI and local authorities say they recovered 17 children in Colorado and Wyoming as part of a national operation that recovered 84 children and teenagers who were being sexually exploited across the country. Assistant Special Agent in Charge Todd Pooler said the Colorado

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Colorado judge: Juvenile sentencing law unconstitutional

October 16, 2017 — DENVER — A Colorado judge has ruled that a law allowing convicts serving life without parole for crimes committed as juveniles to seek reduced sentences is unconstitutional. Arapahoe Chief District Judge Carlos Samour Jr. found the 2016 law gives preferential treatment to 16 offenders convicted

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Men arrested in Rifle with 120 pounds of marijuana from “nearby” grow site

October 8, 2017 — The regional drug task force arrested four men found with about 120 pounds of marijuana earlier this in Rifle. A couple of the men said they were working at a grow site somewhere in the mountains. A Rifle police officer on patrol Wednesday spotted an

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Sniper in high-rise hotel kills 59 people in Las Vegas, more than 500 injured

October 2, 2017 — LAS VEGAS (AP) — The rapid-fire popping sounded like firecrackers at first, and many in the crowd of 22,000 country music fans didn’t understand what was happening when the band stopped playing and singer Jason Aldean bolted off the stage. “That’s gunshots,” a man could

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Aspen developer, ex-girlfriend settle lawsuit

September 29, 2017 — Aspen developer Nikos Hecht and his ex-girlfriend have agreed to confidentially settle her lawsuit against him, her lawyer said Friday. At the same time, Hecht filed suit Friday against a New Jersey insurance company claiming it wrongfully refused to cover his expenses in the lawsuit

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City of Aspen, DA probe underway into Red Brick embezzlement

September 28, 2017 — The former director of the Red Brick Council for the Arts is under criminal investigation for bilking "what may be in excess of $150,000" from the nonprofit organization, the city of Aspen announced Thursday night. Angela Marasco Callen, who worked for the council from 2013

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Officials get 2,700 pot plants from illegal grow in Crystal Valley near Redstone

September 28, 2017 — For the third time in five years, federal agencies have raided an illegal marijuana growing operation in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest. Law enforcement officials from multiple agencies began efforts Thursday to eradicate a pot patch in the Crystal Valley

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Rifle homicide suspect arrested in Oregon

September 26, 2017 — After nearly six months, the main suspect in the Rifle homicide that occurred in late March this year, Michael Francis Montgomery, was apprehended in Oregon just before 4 p.m. Monday. Wanted for the slaying of his son-in-law Christopher Gallegos, 28, Montgomery was arrested by officers

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Aspen business owner crashes Maserati into truck in Colorado Springs, tries to flee on foot

September 22, 2017 — A man whose online bio describes him as an abused child who grew up to be an outlaw biker and drug dealer, then became a practitioner of ancient Chinese healing arts, appears to have gone rogue again, according to Colorado Springs police. Seth Vanderiet was

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Colorado cops search for poop-and-run jogger

September 20, 2017 — COLORADO SPRINGS — Police in Colorado are looking for a jogger they say is repeatedly interrupting her runs to defecate in public in one neighborhood. Cathy Budde says she was first alerted to the woman she’s dubbed “The Mad Pooper” by her children, who caught

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Gun incident at La Plata Peak trailhead linked to string of auto burglaries

September 14, 2017 — The two men arrested for pulling a gun on a man sleeping in his car at a popular trailhead near Twin Lakes last weekend allegedly burglarized five or six cars between there and Utah, according to law enforcement documents. A search of the men's hotel

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Fentanyl at center of new allegations in Hecht case

September 13, 2017 — While there's no shortage of scandalous allegations in a lawsuit filed against Aspen developer Nikos Hecht by his ex-girlfriend, the latest issue the two sides are fighting over ups the ante. Plaintiff Brooke Warfel alleges that Hecht drugged her by placing fentanyl patches on her

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21 suspects arrested in Garfield County drug trafficking

September 12, 2017 — In two different operations, Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team has arrested 21 Garfield County drug traffickers, say authorities. In the first operation, TRIDENT arrested eight people after five months of investigations resulted in undercover buys of 253.25 grams of methamphetamine, 29.2 grams of cocaine and

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Driver charged with manslaughter hit teacher’s car at 104 mph; had lied about seizures

September 12, 2017 — A pickup truck was traveling 104 mph when it struck a Carbondale teacher’s car last month on Interstate 70 near Silt, killing the teacher and sending a state trooper flying into grass alongside the road. The pickup driver, Jeffrey Burk, 31, of New Castle, was

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Gun pulled on man sleeping in car at trailhead

September 11, 2017 — Two people tried to break into a car parked Friday at a popular trailhead near Twin Lakes and pulled a gun on a man sleeping inside, an official said Monday. Pitkin County sheriff's deputies were notified of the incident Friday and searched areas on Independence

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Aspen city worker among DUIs over Labor Day

September 6, 2017 — Aspen police arrested four people for drunken driving during the Labor Day weekend, including a city employee caught driving a government vehicle, according to reports. "Yeah, it's a lot for a weekend," Aspen Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn said. "But I don't think this is

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Suspect in overdose deaths demands hearing for manslaughter charges

August 30, 2017 — EAGLE – A Florida man facing manslaughter charges for his alleged part in two overdose deaths demanded that prosecutors show they have enough proof to send him to trial. Attorneys for Samuel Brunelus, 23, demanded a preliminary hearing during a court appearance Tuesday. His attorneys,

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Silt officer charged with insurance fraud and theft reported repeated burglaries

August 29, 2017 — Silt police Cpl. Michael Taylor reported that his home was burglarized twice and his wife’s car also was broken into, netting more than $60,000 in insurance payments, the state indictment charging him with fraud, theft and forgery alleges. Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has charged

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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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