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Judge rejects call for mistrial in Olivo-Tellez murder trial

February 14, 2019 — Ninth District Judge John Neiley denied a request for a mistrial Wednesday morning and declined to recuse himself in the first-degree murder trial of Gustavo Olivo-Tellez, 29, who is accused of killing his ex-wife, Blanca Salas-Jurado, in October 2016. Ryan Dawson, a lawyer for the

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Carbondale man pleads guilty to attempted sex with a 7-year-old girl

February 13, 2019 — A Carbondale man faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison without parole and a maximum of life after pleading guilty Wednesday to attempting to have sex with a 7-year-old girl, according to a news release. Ryan Mausner, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one

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Teen admits felony in plea deal

February 5, 2019 — A local high school senior will spend the next 18 months on probation after pleading guilty Monday to breaking into a local hotel to steal alcohol. Lucas Velasquez, 18, pleaded guilty to felony second-degree burglary in exchange for a deferred judgment and sentence. That means

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Police: X Games crowds well-behaved over weekend in Aspen area

January 27, 2019 — Local law enforcement said Sunday the X Games crowds and visitors around the area have been behaving and there were few incidents on Friday or Saturday nights. Aside from people wandering around town early in the morning hours looking for rides or walking on Highway

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Attorneys spar over evidence sharing in Lake Christine Fire case

January 11, 2019 — EAGLE — A hearing Friday in the case against the father of one of the Lake Christine Fire suspects devolved into bickering over evidence. Craig Miller's defense attorney claimed that prosecutors have not shared all the evidence they have againt his client. The prosecutor in

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Chilean suspects identified in Aspen jewelry robbery

January 2, 2019 — Aspen police have identified three Chilean men as suspects in the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollar's worth of jewelry from the lobby of The Little Nell hotel last month. Three arrest warrant affidavits were filed Friday and Wednesday in Pitkin County District Court,

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Internet star Cameron Dallas arrested in Aspen, charged with felony assault

December 31, 2018 — An actor and internet personality with millions of online followers was arrested early Saturday morning at an Aspen hotel after allegedly punching another man and breaking his nose, police said. Cameron Dallas, 24, of Whittier, Calif., was charged with felony second-degree assault with intent to

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Colorado agencies cracking down on DUI drivers around New Year’s

December 29, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — The Colorado State Patrol and police around the state are cracking down on drivers under the influence as the year draws to a close. The Colorado Department of Transportation says there will be saturation patrols and extra law enforcement officers on duty

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Aspen police release video, images of jewelry heist suspects

December 26, 2018 — The Aspen Police Department released images and video surveillance of the three men suspected of stealing jewelry valued at $800,000 from The Little Nell hotel on Friday. The security video of the three suspects shows them all with facial hair, but the still images "show

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Aspen police looking for suspects in Little Nell jewelry theft; items valued at $800k, sources say

December 21, 2018 — Aspen police are looking for three male suspects after authorities received a report of a jewelry theft Friday afternoon at The Little Nell Hotel. Multiple sources said the stolen items are worth over $800,000. The diamond and 18-karat gold jewelry includes necklaces and other items

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Suspect shot, killed by police in Rangely during arrest attempt

December 11, 2018 — An unidentified suspect was shot and killed by police Monday night in the western Colorado town of Rangely as they were seeking an arrest, according to information released by the Garfield County Sheriff's office in conjunction with the Ninth District Attorney's Office. Rangely Police and

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Drunken driving homicide case from December 2017 in Rifle moves to trial

November 30, 2018 — Cody Christopher, the defendant in a late December 2017 vehicular homicide and drunken-driving case who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, is set to go to trial next April. Christopher appeared in Garfield District Court Thursday on bond, set at $50,000 in March, to

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Pitkin County commissioners include DA raise in budget

November 16, 2018 — Though he didn't ask for it, Ninth Judicial District Attorney Jeff Cheney is getting a raise this budget season, along with the rest of his employees. Cheney told Pitkin County commissioners earlier this week that he asked for a 3.1 percent wage increase for his

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Vail employee allegedly slept with minor in Glenwood Springs

November 8, 2018 — The man charged with soliciting a minor for prostitution in Glenwood Springs is a Gypsum resident and worked for the town of Vail for more than 24 years, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent has learned. Ronald Braden, 53, appeared in Garfield County District Court Wednesday

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Rifle racial harassment case goes to mediation program

November 5, 2018 — A woman accused of racially motivated harassment has the chance to resolve the allegation and potentially avoid formal charges. Linda Dwire of Rifle was charged with two counts of bias-motivated harassment, a Class 1 misdemeanor, after an Oct. 1 incident at City Market in Rifle,

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November 5, 2018 — A preliminary hearing to determine if evidence exists to charge a local teen with raping and choking a high school girl this summer will take place in January in District Court. A District Judge also will decide at that time whether the 17-year-old will be

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Update: Aspen Police hear from person of interest after images in alleged assault case posted online

November 4, 2018 — After releasing surveillance images Sunday morning of two "people of interest" concerning an alleged assault Thursday, Aspen police got a call from the man in the photo who is expected to meet with police Monday. Police were asking for the public's help to identify two

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Man found in Aspen alley suffered assault

November 2, 2018 — An Aspen man was taken to a Grand Junction hospital early Thursday morning after he was found in an alley behind a downtown bar with injuries consistent with being assaulted, police said. The man — who was not identified by Aspen police — was found

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Grand jury indicts two for trafficking juveniles in Glenwood Springs

October 31, 2018 — A woman charged with trafficking and prostituting minors in Glenwood Springs was transferred to the Garfield County Jail on Tuesday. A Colorado grand jury indictment alleges Damara Hester, 25, and Dasjuan Goode, 30, transported two juveniles in July 2017 to the Plaza Inn on Sixth

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Basalt man suspected in high-end bike theft case back from California

October 24, 2018 — A Basalt couple who apparently fled Colorado for California earlier this month after being charged in connection with an investigation into stolen, high-end mountain bikes are both back in the Roaring Fork Valley. David Thompson, 39, was extradited from Long Beach back to Colorado, and

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