News in Brief
October 4, 2007
EAGLE COUNTY Eagle County residents have until Tuesday, Oct. 9, to register to vote in the November mail-ballot election, according to county clerk Teak Simonton.Applications are available at offices in El Jebel, Avon and Eagle, or on the Web at http://www.eaglecounty.us/clerk. Completed applications must be received or postmarked by Oct. 9.Ballots will be mailed to the mailing address on record for active voters from Oct. 12-22, Simonton said. Mail ballots will not be forwarded.Ballots also are available at the Eagle or El Jebel offices until 7 p.m. on election day, Nov. 6.This years ballot will include Roaring Fork School District board races in the Basalt-El Jebel area. There are no other state or Eagle County issues for consideration.Ballots must be received in one of the Clerk and Recorders offices in Avon, Eagle or El Jebel no later than 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Offices will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day.
CARBONDALE Neighbors have taken issue with an account of events leading up to a familys lawsuit against Garfield County.Three neighbors say Bill and Kimberly Vezzosos unresolved lawsuit claiming that the county violated their due process rights is frivolous and without merit.Everybody thinks that its a joke, said Mike Kennedy, an adjacent property owner who has lived in the area of Willow Lane near Carbondale since 1982.Tension in the neighborhood seems to have increased; neighbors say Bill Vezzoso recently has installed pig pens close to two neighbors properties to anger them and punish them for going to the county.Chris Beebe said a pigpen was put in only 30 feet from his well. Beebes wife, Kelleigh Condon, said it could be a health hazard.In March, Garfield County commissioners ordered the Vezzosos to stop an excavation operation on their property. Neighbors told the county that Bill Vezzoso was processing dirt and rock on his property, with excessive fumes, noise and heavy machinery that had all gotten worse over time. County staff found numerous zoning violations. The Vezzosos appealed the decision, but the county Board of Adjustment denied the appeal after a evidentiary hearing May 30. The Vezzosos next filed a lawsuit against the county. They say a citation for zoning violations was dismissed in 1991, after an agreement allowing them and others to have 10 pieces of heavy equipment per five acres of land, giving them vested property rights that the county violated.Kennedy said it wouldnt matter if the 1991 agreement did happen, because it wasnt a formal decision and no record exists. The county planner and county attorney at the time also have no recollection of the agreement, he added. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Glenwood Springs has always been a running town, full of speedy, hard-core athletes.No one defined that more than Paul Driskill, the 70-year-old runner who ran nearly every day for 30 years before being severely injured in a hit-and-run accident Sept. 22.The Glenwood Springs High School cross-country team is hosting a fundraiser to help. On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Demons will host a 5K race and a 2.5K fun run/walk in support of Driskill. The course, which will begin in the field behind Glenwood Springs High School, is 99 percent off-road, featuring grass, soft path and rock trails. Registration begins at 4:15 p.m. and races start at 5. The recommended entry fee is $15, but donations of more will be accepted. There also will be a silent auction of running and outdoor sports items.If you have any questions or would like to pre-register, contact Mike Schneiter at 309-4795, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
GLENWOOD SPRINGS The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed charges of second-degree burglary and theft against Jeremiah Johnson Brown Wednesday.Brown, 33, was arrested by Glenwood Springs Police Sept. 21 and held on $12,750 bond. Brown knocked on a door and said he was looking for his dog, an arrest affidavit says. A neighbor found it suspicious and reported the incident. Police found Brown walking nearby on Palmer Avenue and discovered he had what they believe was a stolen bottle of prescription medication, the affidavit says.Glenwood Springs saw an unusually high number of about 20 residential break-ins since June. Police said previously many of them were similar and were likely connected. Whoever the burglar was often walked by valuable items and was thought to be after prescription narcotics. But police wouldn’t comment on whether or not Brown was thought to be connected to the other burglaries.Brown was arrested in 2005 after a string of about eight to 10 residential burglaries in a month. He wasn’t implicated in all of them, but it was reported that in one of them he entered through a dog door in the back of a house, took prescription painkillers and later admitted to four other burglaries.In the 2005 case, Brown was sentenced to five years in prison for pleading guilty to second-degree burglary to run concurrent with a 2004 sentence. The 2004 sentence was for three years prison for pleading guilty to criminal mischief, according to the Garfield County Combined Courts office.In the 2004 case, he had kicked in a door in an apparent attempt to enter someone’s home and then fled after discovering someone was inside, according to an arrest affidavit. The 2004 affidavit also said Brown was “suspected in other burglaries.” (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)