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ASPEN ” A pair of large bears apparently were interested in continuing their education Wednesday, when they showed up at the Aspen School District campus on Maroon Creek Road in the early morning hours.
Aspen police officer Brad Onsgard, who is the school resource officer, said he got a call from maintenance workers about 7 a.m., describing bears that probably weighed between 300 and 400 pounds in two trees near the new Aspen Middle school.
Police and school officials kept students away from the vicinity of the bears as the arriving school buses discharged their passengers, then locked the school to keep the bears out.
Onsgard said that, at one point, a vice principal, eager to take pictures of the bears, ended up helping APD officer Renee Rayton chase one of the bears off campus after it climbed down from its perch. Both bears left in the late morning, heading for a spot across Maroon Creek Road where they have been sighted earlier this year, Onsgard said.
He said the encounter with the bruins ended around noon after one returned to the school grounds, apparently attracted by the smells of a barbecue lunch being held on campus, and reportedly was chased away by AHS Principal Charlie Anastas.
NEW CASTLE ” A woman who told police Colorado Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo is her uncle was recently arrested in New Castle after an alleged racially motivated altercation.
New Castle police arrested Crystal Ann Tancredo, 26, outside the Burning Mountain Bowl shortly before midnight Sept. 4. She was booked into the Garfield County Jail on suspicion of second-degree assault on a peace officer, ethnic intimidation, resisting arrest, harassment and disorderly conduct.
Tancredo posted a $7,000 bond shortly after the arrest, according to the Garfield County Combined Courts office.
Carlos Espinosa, a press secretary to U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo said, “Tom said that he is not aware of any relative, niece or anyone related to him that he’s aware of by the name Crystal Ann or anything along those lines.”
He added that it’s always possible that there could be some distant relation, but “as far as anyone he’s ever met, no.”
According to an arrest affidavit, a New Castle police officer heard loud voices and swearing as several people walked from a patio near the bar at the Burning Mountain Bowl toward its parking lot. He told them to “knock it off” and identified himself as a police officer.
“I believed that a fight was on the verge of breaking out,” the officer wrote.
The officer separated the parties, two of whom turned out to be Crystal Tancredo and her boyfriend. Both said they had nothing to do with the altercation and were leaving. But the officer wrote in his affidavit that a bartender later said Tancredo pushed a male in the chest.
The affidavit says while the officer was waiting to hear back from dispatch, Tancredo was yelling at the man police believe was pushed, calling him a “[expletive] wetback” and saying that he and the others don’t even have their immigration papers. The “enraged” man the officer believe was pushed yelled back at Tancredo, the affidavit says.
The officer told Tancredo to stop using foul language and she continued, saying that her uncle is Tom Tancredo, the elected official who is running for president, according to the affidavit.
The officer told Crystal Tancredo’s boyfriend, Miguel Angel Velasquez, that he was under arrest for a restraining order violation. Tancredo became very upset and refused to move away from Velasquez, the affidavit says, stating something like, “I don’t have to move, my uncle is Tom Tancredo.”
The officer arrested Velasquez and attempted to hand Tancredo’s driver’s license back to her so she could leave. Tancredo grabbed the license forcefully and slapped the officer’s hand, according to police. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
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