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Aspen car burglar gets probation

June 20, 2017 — A local man who admitted breaking into numerous cars and stealing items last summer will spend the next two years on probation, a district court judge said Monday. Patrick Estrada, 25, of Aspen, also was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 120 hours of community […]

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Regional: Silt couple accused of embezzling $1M from Waffle House CEO

June 14, 2017 — The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Silt couple after an eight-month investigation into embezzlement and livestock theft at Bear Wallow Ranch just west of Glenwood Springs. Bear Wallow Ranch, a property up Canyon Creek Road, is principally owned by the CEO of Waffle […]

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Midvalley man arrested for alleged sexual assault on 13-year-old girl

May 26, 2017 — A 19-year-old Carbondale man was arrested Wednesday for alleged sexual encounters with a 13-year-old girl after contacts via social media, according to the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. Jose E. Argueta Romero was booked into the Eagle County Jail on charges of sexual assault on a […]

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Man sentenced over girlfriend incident

May 15, 2017 — A 26-year-old man who last year allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend and tried to crash her car and rape her was sentenced Monday to 18 months of probation. Jose Santos Membreno pleaded guilty to felony aggravated motor vehicle theft and misdemeanor assault and will have to […]

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Suspicious man uses knife to destroy $3 million painting in Aspen gallery

May 4, 2017 — The quiet of Aspen's offseason was punctured this week by a $3 million crime as unusual as it was bizarre. An unknown man wearing sunglasses, a hat and a full beard on Tuesday afternoon entered a high-end art gallery near the base of Aspen Mountain, […]

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Artist Christopher Wool’s works are in museums, one went for $26.4 million

May 3, 2017 — Artist Christopher Wool, whose painting "Untitled 2004" was defaced Tuesday in Aspen, has works hanging in major museums and four years ago once of his works sold for $26.4 million. Born in 1955, Wool grew up in Chicago before moving to New York City in […]

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Carbondale robbery suspect charged in Las Vegas slaying

April 28, 2017 — Benjamin Weeks, a 19-year-old arrested after a February robbery of a Carbondale convenience store and subsequent manhunt, has been charged with first-degree murder in an earlier Las Vegas case. Weeks, who is from California, is in custody at the Garfield County Jail, and authorities are […]

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Wisconsin man arrested in Snowmass bar fight

April 17, 2017 — Snowmass Village police arrested a Wisconsin man Monday and charged him with assaulting a local man at a bar last week. Brandon Hines, 20, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was cooperative but declined to speak to officers about the incident when they spoke with him Monday morning, […]

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Police seek man after altercation in Snowmass Village bar

April 17, 2017 — Snowmass Village police are asking for the public's help locating a man who was involved in a melee at a bar Thursday night that resulted in a local man being airlifted to a Grand Junction hospital. Police were called to Zane's Tavern on Thursday shortly […]

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Woman and three children located in Basalt by authorities

April 5, 2017 — A woman and her three children who were being sought by authorities in the El Jebel area Wednesday were found in Basalt and are safe, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. Rebekah Chasten and her three kids were found shortly before 7 p.m. at the Element Hotel […]

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Judge allows Glenwood murder case to go to trial

March 31, 2017 — A district court judge Friday found enough evidence to try Gustavo Olivo-Tellez on a first-degree murder charge stemming from the slaying of his wife south of Glenwood Springs last fall. Preliminary hearings require that prosecutors present enough evidence to justify continuing court cases for serious […]

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Breckenridge businesses facing discipline over December drug bust

March 22, 2017 — Last December, local law enforcement agencies countywide teamed up for an undercover drug operation that nabbed 21 suspects, most of whom allegedly sold drugs to police officers in a handful of bars and restaurants in Breckenridge and several other locations. One case — when a […]

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Pitkin County Sheriff parts ways with intoxicated deputy

March 17, 2017 — A Pitkin County sheriff's deputy found to be intoxicated while on duty more than two weeks ago no longer works for the agency, Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said Thursday. George Kremer, 61, was given the option of resigning or being fired and is still deciding which […]

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Aspen police planning for body cameras

March 16, 2017 — After experimenting with body cameras for more than three years, Aspen's chief of police said he'd like to fully implement the technology next year. "We've taken a cautious approach," Chief Richard Pryor said. "It's very apparent that (policing) is going in that direction." Pryor said […]

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Aspen area woman accused of ski theft — again

March 14, 2017 — Apparently Jillian White really likes Blizzard Black Pearl skis. The 61-year-old Woody Creek resident was arrested in January and charged with stealing a pair of the skis from a rack at the base of Aspen Mountain in December and attempting to sell them at a […]

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Aspen woman seriously hurt in hit and run

March 14, 2017 — A longtime local woman was seriously injured walking across Main Street on Friday night when a car hit her and kept going, police said Monday. Alicia Smith, 45, was conscious after the incident and told police the car appeared to speed up and strike her, […]

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Vandals ordered to pay more than $100K for damaging trailhead near Steamboat Springs

March 7, 2017 — Steamboat Springs — Two men who vandalized the Ridge Trailhead on Emerald Mountain in 2015 have learned their crime really didn't pay. The Routt County District Court on Friday ordered Charles C. Enger and Michael A. Jones to pay $114,030.16 for the extensive damage they […]

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Police find gun they suspect was used in Carbondale store robbery

March 3, 2017 — Carbondale police recovered a handgun Thursday suspected of being used in the armed robbery of a convenience store Feb. 16, according to authorities. Lt. Chris Wurtsmith found a Glock 9MM pistol with a high-capacity magazine and an extra magazine in the crawl space under the […]

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Basalt council honors law officers for peaceful end to manhunt

March 2, 2017 — The law enforcement agencies of the Roaring Fork Valley drew praise from the Basalt Town Council on Tuesday night for the peaceful ending of a manhunt for two fugitives last week. The council gave a round of applause for the effort, and then Councilman Auden […]

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Carbondale robbery suspects, suffering injuries from cold, held on $100K bond

February 23, 2017 — A magistrate on Thursday set bond at $100,000 for each of the two young men arrested Wednesday night after a two-day manhunt stemming from an armed robbery in Carbondale. Nicholas Ameral and Benjamin Weeks, both 19, were arrested in Basalt after a traffic stop at […]

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