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ASPEN ” A 19-year-old Australian can’t seem to stay out of trouble.

Brent Barr, 19, was arrested in mid-Jan­uary for marking up a bathroom at Eric’s Bar and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor defacement of property last week. He was arrested Saturday for being a minor in possession of alcohol, after he allegedly was caught drinking at Belly Up Aspen.

According to Aspen police, a Belly Up employee said employees saw Adam Brydon, 24, go into the bathroom at the club with two beers and come out with one. Barr allegedly came out with the other beer. Brydon was cited for giving alcohol to a minor.

Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols said restitution to repair Eric’s Bar was paid in full by Barr.

PARACHUTE, Colo. (AP) ” A rural route carrier for the U.S. Postal Service has been accused of stealing medication from mail intended for veterans.

Leta May McDaniel, 38, of De Beque, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of two counts of unlawful possession of a schedule two controlled substance. She is free on a personal recognizance bond.

McDaniel resigned from her job Jan. 19 after having worked at the Parachute post office since January 2001, said Al DeSarro, a spokesman for the Postal Service.

David Montoya, special agent in charge for the area’s USPS Office of Inspector General, said “a number” of citizens had complained they weren’t receiving their medications. The suspect was believed to have stolen medicine from mail coming from the Veterans Administration Hospital in Grand Junction, authorities said.

One Parachute man told investigators he’d lost more than 500 morphine tablets prescribed for his pain from terminal cancer, investigators said.

On Dec. 5, investigators placed a parcel containing a bottle of fake drugs at McDaniel’s work station, an arrest warrant affidavit said. Although the envelope was addressed somewhere outside McDaniel’s delivery area, she brought it on her route and then opened it, the affidavit said.

The agents allege McDaniel told them she had taken medications from the mail for about a year to help with her severe depression.

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) ” Hikers in southwest Douglas County discovered a body partially covered in snow and ice at what appeared to be a campsite.

Sheriff’s officials say the hikers were walking on an all-terrain vehicle trail near a campground Saturday when they found the body.

Investigators determined it had been there for some time. They were trying to determine the person’s identity and what happened to the person.

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