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The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office has been inundated with offers of help for longtime corrections officer Billy Tomb and his wife, Sherry, who lost their home in a fire last week.
A county statement released yesterday said an account “has been set up at US Bank to help Billy and Sherry replace virtually all of their household items and personal possessions.”
Contributions to the Tomb Family Relief Fund can be made at any US Bank branch or can be mailed to the Tomb Family Relief Fund, c/o the Pitkin County Jail, 506 E. Main St., Aspen, CO 81611.
A man police say was drunk died of hypothermia Monday night hours after being pulled from icy Nottingham Lake.
But police had not identified the man or figured out where he lived almost 24 hours later.
Rescue workers went to Nottingham Lake after a woman reported a man had fallen into the open water at the center of the partially frozen lake. The man, said to be his 20s or 30s, died of hypothermia and the death was ruled an accident, said Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis.
No identification was found, said Avon police Detective Mike Leake.
“Because of his blood alcohol content, you could say he was intoxicated,” Leake said Tuesday. “I need to get him identified to see what was going on.”
Leake said the man, who died at 10:45 p.m. in Vail Valley Medical Center’s emergency room, had a blood alcohol content of 0.251. The legal driving limit is 0.08.
“He appeared to just be a sole person by himself, walking,” said Eagle River Fire Protection District Chief Charlie Moore, whose crew attempted the rescue.
The man had made his way through ropes marking off an approximately 30-foot by 30-foot hole at the center of the lake that hadn’t frozen, Moore added.
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Citing the fire threat, the U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday closed about 1,555 square miles of forest land in five counties near Colorado’s heavily populated Front Range — an area bigger than the state of Rhode Island.