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Pitkin County OKs temporary snow dumpPITKIN COUNTY The city of Aspen snow dump near the airport is nearly full, and Tuesday, Pitkin County commissioners approved a temporary permit allowing city street crews to dump snow in a holding pond near the Brush Creek intercept lot.The Colorado Department of Transportation owns the pond near the intersection of Highway 82 and Brush Creek Road, and city crews began dumping snow there Monday.Some 7.5 feet deep and covering some 2 acres, the pond is designed to collect runoff from Highway 82 and the parking lot, according to county officials, who said the site has enough capacity to handle water from back-to-back 100-year storms.Its going to be a pretty quiet operation, said John Krueger, the citys transportation program manager. Trucks will pull up to the edge of the site, dump snow and pull away without backing up, so there will be no backup beepers, Krueger said.We basically dump at the front of the pond and push it out with a snowcat, said Jerry Nye, director of the citys street department.Nyes crews will work from midnight until the early morning to stay out of the way of city traffic.

Alleged thief released, then re-arrestedDENVER A suspect in an alleged Aspen credit card crime spree was released from a Denver jail on Tuesday and then re-arrested again just minutes later.Leslie Christine Castle, 24, was in custody in Denver on charges of aggravated vehicle theft when Denver Police decided the case wasnt merited and dropped the charges.Castle was released Tuesday since the Denver courts did not know there was a warrant for her arrest from Pitkin County for possession of stolen property and two illegal uses of financial transaction devices.Police suspect the couple were involved in a handful of car break-ins in Aspen and Basalt, and police have records for fraudulent credit card purchases in high-end Aspen shops.Aspen Det. Chris Womack said Castle called a Denver detective from the lobby of the jail, where she had just been released and demanded her property back. The property, however, is with Womack who is seeking more information in the case. The Denver detective realized what had happened and called Womack, who tracked down the warrant and had it faxed to Denver.Castle had been free less than an hour when deputies arrested her in the jail on the charges out of Aspen. Womack said he expects to Castle will be transported to the Pitkin County Jail in the next few weeks unless she is able to post a $15,000 bond.


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