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Cops: ER nurses assaulted by transient

February 16, 2018 — A local transient was charged with two counts of assault Friday after allegedly kicking one emergency room nurse and spitting on another, according to court documents. David Fletcher, 25, first came to attention of emergency personnel when paramedics were called to Fifth and Main streets

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Guilty verdict in 12 minutes: Jury convicts Martin Arroyo of assault, stalking

February 15, 2018 — EAGLE — Martin Arroyo lived in a storage unit when he left hundreds of profane and threatening voicemails and texts on a Roaring Fork Valley woman's phone. A jury took between 12 and 14 minutes to send him to another type of storage unit, state

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Assault, harassment trial begins: Man allegedly left dozens of profane messages on victim’s voicemail

February 15, 2018 — EAGLE — An assault and harassment trial involving a former Eagle County couple began, ironically, on Valentine’s Day. "Today may be Valentine's Day, but this is not a love story. It's a story about a romance that went horribly wrong," Prosecutor Cathleen Noone said in

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Ex-Silt cop gets 45 days jail time, 5 years probation for insurance fraud

February 14, 2018 — A former Silt police officer was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in the Garfield County Jail and five years supervised probation after pleading guilty in December to felony insurance fraud. Ex-police Cpl. Michael Taylor, 49, will not go to prison, however, receiving a suspended five-year

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Weeks sentenced to 14 years for role in Carbondale armed robbery

February 13, 2018 — Benjamin Weeks of California will spend 14 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for what prosecutors said was his lead role in an armed robbery of the Carbondale Cowen Center convenience store along with his cousin last winter. Ninth District Judge James Boyd struck

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Marijuana sellers butt heads in Pitkin County court

February 6, 2018 — A Snowmass Village man has been cited twice for contempt of court since he ignored a civil court order to stop fraudulently billing customers for marijuana products that are distributed by another company. Now he can't be found. Attorney James Fosnaught, who represents The Laughing

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Judge will stay on embezzlement case despite call for disqualification

February 1, 2018 — Judge Denise Lynch has rejected a defense motion for the judge to disqualify herself in the felony embezzlement case of a Silt family. Attorneys in the cases of Charles "Zane" Farris and his wife, Charla Farris, filed a joint motion asking Lynch to disqualify herself,

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Garfield County inmate commits identity theft to escape jail

January 23, 2018 — A Garfield County jail inmate who had been released in error late Monday night was re-arrested and returned to jail about six hours later. On Monday at approximately 11 p.m., Armando Jose Mayo, 19, escaped through a release error by committing identity theft/criminal impersonation, according

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Former Pitkin County deputy sentenced to 18 months deferred judgment

January 18, 2018 — A former Pitkin County deputy, charged and terminated last year after being found intoxicated on duty, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor prohibited use of a weapon and received an 18-month deferred judgment on Thursday. Through his attorney, 62-year-old George Kremer pleaded guilty to prohibited use of

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Glenwood Canyon rest stop stabber sentenced to 20 years prison

January 15, 2018 — A judge sentenced Delbert Willeford to 20 years in prison Thursday afternoon, following his guilty plea in a 2015 stabbing and robbery at a No Name rest stop. Prosecutors say that Willeford went on a multi-state crime spree, which peaked in violence when he robbed

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Benjamin Weeks found guilty in 2017 Carbondale armed robbery

January 11, 2018 — A jury found 20-year-old Benjamin Weeks guilty Thursday on all four felony counts in his aggravated robbery trial. The jury deliberated for about five hours before returning guilty verdicts on two felony counts of aggravated robbery and two felony counts of menacing. The verdict came

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Vehicular homicide case against Rifle man continued

January 11, 2018 — A felony drunken driving case against a Rifle man stemming from a Dec. 29 double fatality on the private Puma Paw Ranch Road north of Rifle has been continued until next month. Cody Christopher, 40, was in Garfield District Court Wednesday for further advisement of

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Alleged robbery accomplice testifies, closing arguments upcoming

January 10, 2018 — In the aggravated robbery case against 20-year-old Benjamin Weeks, the prosecution rested its case and the defense declined to present any additional evidence Wednesday afternoon. Weeks, who is accused of robbing a Carbondale convenience store at gunpoint alongside his cousin in February, also declined to

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Mother details delicate resolution of Basalt manhunt in 2017

January 8, 2018 — Trial testimony from the mother of Nicholas Ameral, convicted in a 2017 Carbondale armed robbery, revealed details of a tense ending to a manhunt that she feared would end in violence. While the 20-year-old Ameral pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years in prison

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Cashier: Carbondale robbers looked unafraid to pull the trigger

January 4, 2018 — Prosecutors called their first round of witnesses Thursday in the trial of Benjamin Weeks, who is accused of armed robbery of a Carbondale Valero in February. Weeks, a 20-year-old from California who investigators say wielded the gun during the robbery, faces four counts of aggravated

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Benjamin Weeks trial begins for Carbondale armed robbery, manhunt

January 3, 2018 — Attorneys made brief opening statements Wednesday on the second day of the Benjamin Weeks trial, in which the 20-year-old is accused of the armed robbery of a Carbondale gas station in February. Prosecutors said that Weeks, from California, and his Roaring Fork Valley cousin, Nicholas

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Air Force employee from Arkansas charged in Snowmass assault

January 3, 2018 — Snowmass Village police charged an employee of the U.S. Air Force from Arkansas with felony assault Tuesday for allegedly attacking a man he argued with on the bus this fall, according to a police report. The attack caused serious bodily injury, according to a doctor,

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5 Colorado deputies shot, 1 fatally, in ‘ambush’ attack in Douglas County

December 31, 2017 — DENVER (AP) — A man fired more than 100 rounds at sheriff’s deputies in Colorado early Sunday, killing one and injuring four others, before being fatally shot himself in what authorities called an ambush. Two civilians were also injured. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said

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Alleged forger in jail after money found drying in his Glenwood Springs motel room

December 28, 2017 — EAGLE — Jabez Parker managed to avoid the long arm of the law for a decade and a half, mostly because he was in a Michigan prison. However, Parker is currently incarcerated in the Eagle County jail for forgery and other alleged financial felonies. Prosecutors

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Unhappy inmate strikes Pitkin County deputies on Christmas day

December 27, 2017 — An uncooperative inmate bit two deputies at the Pitkin County Jail on Christmas morning and punched one in the face, according to court documents. Nicholas Olson, 25, is facing two counts of felony assault as a result of the incident, according to an affidavit filed

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