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Judge orders civil commitment proceedings

October 16, 2017 — A District Court judge allowed a prosecutor Monday to begin civil commitment proceedings for a mentally ill man who cannot be restored to competency in order to face criminal charges against him. William Hallisey, 61, has been held at the Pitkin County Jail and in

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Aspen man’s mental illness stymies cases

October 12, 2017 — A thorny decision involving two long-pending criminal cases against a mentally ill local man who's been in custody nearly two years may be coming to a head Monday. A lawyer for William Hallisey, 61, wants the cases against him dismissed because he's allegedly permanently incompetent

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Kennedy son asks to seal criminal record

October 11, 2017 — Lawyers for a Kennedy family scion cited in December for his role in a fight outside an Aspen bar have petitioned the Pitkin County District Court to seal his arrest and criminal record, according to court documents. "The events that are the basis for this

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Redstone Castle applications to host more events put on hold

October 11, 2017 — After seven months in the Pitkin County pipeline, applications seeking permission to hold numerous weddings and other events at the Redstone Castle were placed on hold Monday for belatedly identified technical legal reasons. "We're frustrated," Steve Carver, Redstone Castle owner, told Pitkin County commissioners. "This

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Pitkin County to spend $35k to fix Aspen’s Ute Trail

October 10, 2017 — Pitkin County commissioners approved $35,000 Tuesday to deal with a rock-fall hazard that has closed one of Aspen's most popular hiking trails for the past month. A lightning strike during a rainstorm in mid-September dislodged a large part of Ute Rock at the top of

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Missouri man arrested in Aspen with pocketful of other people’s credit cards

October 10, 2017 — A Missouri man arrested Monday after allegedly acting strangely while shopping at several high-end stores downtown was found with 12 credit cards in his pocket, none of which featured his own name. That's according to an affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Court charging Alan

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Aspen airport hearings set for later this month

October 10, 2017 — The nearly $100 million proposal to build a new terminal and runway at the Aspen-Pitkin County airport continues to make its way through local and federal bureaucracies. Pitkin County commissioners heard Tuesday about the comments submitted by the public about the environmental assessment of the

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Man fires gun into Aspen apartment building on Main Street

October 9, 2017 — A 35-year-old Morrison man allegedly fired a round from a handgun during an argument early Sunday with his girlfriend that shattered the glass door of a nearby apartment building on Main Street, according to court documents. Robert Lindgren Jr., 35, admitted the weapon went off

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Cops: Aspen office manager steals $660k from sister

October 2, 2017 — The former office manager and sister of one of the doctors at a women's care clinic at Aspen Valley Hospital has been charged with stealing more than $660,000 from the business, according to court documents. Shannon Nagle, 51, admitted to an Aspen police investigator that

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California man dies hiking near Maroon Bells on Crater Lake trail

October 2, 2017 — A 55-year-old California man hiking Saturday with his son near the Maroon Bells died of an apparent heart attack, sources said Monday. Jason Gong of San Jose was 1.4 miles up the Crater Lake trail and told his son he was not feeling well Saturday

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More bears, including one with broken legs, killed near Aspen

September 28, 2017 — Two wounded bears, including one with two broken back legs, were euthanized in the Aspen area in the past two days, officials said Thursday. The bear with the broken legs had been sighted a few times in the past week or so in the area

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‘Baffling’ search for missing climber near Maroon Bells remains fruitless

September 27, 2017 — Search crews spent a chilly, rainy day Wednesday using dogs trained to detect human remains to try to find an Albuquerque, New Mexico, man missing in the area of the Maroon Bells for more than a year. But for the third time this year, they

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Man found sleeping in Village locker room

September 27, 2017 — Police arrested a local homeless man for burglary after finding him asleep in a ski school locker room in the Snowmass Village Mall, according to court documents. Alejandro Bolona, 46, is facing two felony burglary charges after using an old passcode to access the building

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Man found sleeping in Village locker room

September 27, 2017 — Police arrested a local homeless man for burglary after finding him asleep in a ski school locker room in the Snowmass Village Mall, according to court documents. Alejandro Bolona, 46, is facing two felony burglary charges after using an old passcode to access the building

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Aspen’s popular Ute Trail to remain closed indefinitely for safety reasons

September 26, 2017 — One of the most popular hiking trails in Aspen will remain closed for the foreseeable future while officials figure out how to deal with loose rock at the top of the trail. The Ute Trail, which snakes steeply up Ute Mountain on Aspen Mountain's east

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Foundations poured for pieces of Aspen’s history

September 22, 2017 — Contractors poured cement foundations Friday for three historic buildings moved to the Marolt property last winter from the site of the new Aspen Police Department building on Main Street. Once the concrete cures in about two weeks, the Victorian-style home, a shed and a barn

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Aspen’s 20-year-old error leads to more development on Buttermilk parcel

September 21, 2017 — A 37-acre property on Buttermilk Road that was supposed to contain just one house is on track to be approved for a second home because of a mistake made by the city of Aspen nearly 20 years ago. The city previously owned the lot at

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Colorado board seeks to sanction Aspen design firm owner

September 19, 2017 — The state of Colorado says the owner of an Aspen design firm has been representing himself as an architect without the required license and wants a judge to put a stop to it. The action marks the second time since 1998 the state has had

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Alleged rental scammer extradited to Aspen

September 19, 2017 — Aspen is a popular spot for Craigslist-type rental scams, though few of the scammers are ever caught. But on Monday, an El Paso, Texas, woman charged with using Craigslist to rent an apartment on Aspen's eastside in April to a couple for more than $3,000

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Alleged DUI could nullify woman’s plea

September 19, 2017 — The District Attorney's Office may yank a plea deal offered to a local real estate broker accused of providing alcohol to minors because she was recently cited for a "DUI-type offense," officials said Monday. Wendy Lucas was set to be sentenced Monday in Pitkin County

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