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Russell K. Thompson reported to Eagle County Jail this week to begin a six-year sentence for reckless manslaughter.Thompson, 43, pleaded guilty to the charge earlier this year for the brutal beating death of Timothy “Chico” Destromp at an El Jebel apartment in February 2001. He was sentenced in March but Eagle County District Judge Richard Hart let Thompson remain free until June 11 so he could attend the high school graduation of his daughter in Colorado Springs.An Eagle County jailer refused Friday to provide information about Thompson even though jail admissions and discharges are public information. The jailer referred questions about Thompson to the jail administrator and the public information specialist for the sheriff’s office, but both of them were out of the office Friday, as was Sheriff Joseph Hoy.Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert, who was working Friday, said Thompson turned himself in at the county jail as scheduled. Later in the week, he was transferred to the Park City Jail in Fairplay, Hurlbert said. The reason for the transfer wasn’t clear.Thompson will serve his sentence at a prison in the Colorado Department of Corrections system. There is typically a delay in transferring county jail inmates to state prisons while an assessment is made on where to assign them.Thompson could be eligible for parole in 12 to 18 months, the prosecutor in his case said at the time of his sentencing.
Because of the high risk of wildfires, Pitkin County imposed fire restrictions Friday. Sheriff Bob Braudis said in a news release that a combination of strong winds, low humidity and dry fuels has created a critical fire danger.All fires are prohibited on private property except in gas grills, permanent charcoal grills and wood fires in permanent (not makeshift) fire pits. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building. Never throw cigarette butts out of car windows. Chain saws and motorcycles must have a spark arresting device, and fireworks and explosives are prohibited if they require fuses or blasting caps. Complete details on the county’s restrictions are at http://www.aspenpitkin.com under “news articles.”Some restrictions are also in effect on BLM and White River National Forest lands. Eagle and Garfield counties have issued similar burn bans.
A high-end Italian restaurant is coming to Aspen to complement the pricey Residences at Little Nell at the base of Aspen Mountain.Il Mulino, based in New York and run by restaurateur Jerry Katzoff, will bring its gourmet, traditional cuisine to the development. Aspen’s location is one of several of the brand-name restaurants starting out around the country. It is slated to open in early 2008.The dishes are based on traditional food from the northern Abruzzi region of Italy, as well as made-from-scratch pastas and sauces. Also on the menu are heartier dishes like veal chops and rack of lamb.The restaurant also features an extensive wine list with more than 200 Italian wines from the Piedmont and Tuscany regions.Katzoff said the goal for Il Mulino is to simply create traditional, tasty meals in a rustic Italian atmosphere.”We’re doing one thing, and we’re doing it right,” Katzoff said.Chefs at the various locations are trained at the original restaurant in New York.”This is service-oriented,” said Jill Jellinek Katz, who handles public relations for the restaurant. “That’s what people expect from the name.”Katzoff’s wife, Lee, said diners can expect modern decor combined with rustic Italian woodwork and atmosphere.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Two Missouri men will be sentenced Aug. 4 after pleading guilty to charges in a big game poaching operation in 2004 in Garfield County.Gregory Jaegers, 40, of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., in a plea bargain, pleaded guilty Friday to illegal sale of big game animals, willful destruction of big game animals, operating as an unregistered outfitter and two counts of failure to dress an animal.Keith C. Schweiss, 47, of Bloomsdale, Mo., pleaded guilty to willful destruction of wildlife, two counts of failure to dress an animal and violation of state wildlife rules and regulations.Earlier this month, Richard W. Schroeder, 45, of Festus, Mo., was placed on three years probation and his hunting privileges were suspended.All were involved with the Missouri-based Renegade Guide Service.
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Aspen in winter storm warning through Monday with a foot or more of snow forecast for higher elevations
The first major snowstorm of the season is expected to roll into Colorado on Sunday with the mountains around Aspen seeing up to two feet of snow by Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.