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Basalt man hit with felony charge

August 13, 2018 — A Basalt man was charged with felony assault Sunday after he allegedly attacked a man who works on his property, according to court documents. Gary Williams, 59, admitted to a Pitkin County sheriff's deputy that he hit the man "after losing his temper," according to

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Judge: ‘Grave consequences’ for felony conviction

August 6, 2018 — A 23-year-old former Aspen resident was led from the courtroom in handcuffs Monday after he was sentenced to 90 days in jail for attacking and injuring his girlfriend in April. Kelby Strohm pleaded guilty to felony second-degree kidnapping in the case and will spend the

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Judge reduces former Aspen bartender’s prison sentence in rape case

August 6, 2018 — A district court judge resentenced a former Aspen bartender convicted of sexual assault in 2014 to six fewer years behind bars Monday because of an error by the trial judge in the case. Peter Nardi, 55, did not speak in court Monday, though his attorney,

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Alleged Lake Christine Fire culprits’ bond hearing postponed until Aug. 14

July 31, 2018 — EAGLE — The pair accused of sparking the Lake Christine fire received a two-week reprieve Tuesday morning. Allison Marcus, 22, and Richard Miller, 23, were scheduled for a hearing before Eagle County Court Judge Rachel Fresquez. However, because the judge was scheduled to be out

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Are cartels wrongly blamed for Colorado’s black market marijuana?

July 28, 2018 — COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) — A frequently used criticism by law enforcement of Colorado’s legalized marijuana industry is that it invited dangerous drug cartels into the state, where they operate in black market shadows. Law enforcement in El Paso, Teller and Pueblo counties say it in

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Sentencing set in case of Carbondale teacher who was killed on I-70

July 9, 2018 — A sentencing hearing is set for the driver who struck and killed a Carbondale teacher and injured a Colorado State Trooper on Interstate 70 near Silt last summer. A seven-day trial was initially scheduled for July 26, but Jeffrey Burk, 31, pleaded guilty last month

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El Jebel residents charged with 4th-degree arson for Lake Christine Fire

July 4, 2018 — A man and a woman from El Jebel are facing an initial charge of fourth-degree arson for allegedly starting the Lake Christine Fire by firing tracer rounds Tuesday evening at the Basalt shooting range, according to the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. Other charges may be

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Unusual plea in Snowmass Village assault tied to man’s government job

July 2, 2018 — A Department of Defense contractor who punched and seriously injured another man in October after an altercation on a bus received an unusually light sentence Monday for his actions. Jonah Woods, 44, of Arkansas pleaded guilty to felony second-degree assault and was sentenced to one

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Carbondale resident found guilty on 6 counts of child sex assault

June 28, 2018 — A Garfield County jury, after two solid days of deliberation, on Wednesday found 45-year-old John Wayne Diamond guilty on six of seven counts of sex assault on a child by a person in a position of trust over a period of four years. The Carbondale

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Carbondale man set for spring trial on child sex charges in Kansas City

June 26, 2018 — A Carbondale man who allegedly traveled to Missouri in May to have sex with a 7-year-old girl is set for trial next spring in federal court. Ryan Mausner, 42, appeared Tuesday morning in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Hays in Kansas City in a

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Glenwood Springs murder suspect held on $1 million bond

June 25, 2018 — A Glenwood Springs homeless man charged with the murder of acquaintance Keith Wayne will be held in the Garfield County Jail on $1 million bond. The suspect, Trevor David Torreyson, 42, faces life in prison or possibly the death penalty for the beating death of

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Garfield County inmate found dead in cell; no foul play suspected

June 21, 2018 — A Garfield County Jail inmate was pronounced dead after he was found unresponsive in his cell early Thursday morning, according to the Garfield County Sheriff's Office. The inmate was discovered in his cell at about 3:30 a.m. by a Sheriff's deputy during a routine check.

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Trial underway in Carbondale child sex assault case

June 21, 2018 — A seven-day trial is underway for a 45-year-old Carbondale man, who is charged with 17 counts of sexual assault on a child. Police say the alleged abuse, which spanned four years, involved an adolescent girl, who was approximately 9 to 13 years old at the

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Judge reduces first-degree murder charge in 2017 Rifle murder case

June 8, 2018 — A 9th Judicial District Court Judge has concluded that prosecutors haven’t met their burden in proving Michael Montgomery should face first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of his son-in-law in Rifle in March 2017. Instead, Judge Denise Lynch has decided to bind the case

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Snowmass emailer digs himself deeper hole

June 6, 2018 — The latest email to the Snowmass Village police chief from a man with a grudge against the department contained a possible threat and an odd coincidence, the chief said May 31. Jeremiah Casper, 40, already has been charged with three counts of harassment for sending

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Roaring Fork man pleaded not guilty to two federal counts after seeking sex with girl

June 5, 2018 — KANSAS CITY, MO. — Despite his defense attorney's argument that he is "a good man" who "did something very stupid" a Roaring Fork Valley man who allegedly traveled to Missouri to have sex with a 7-year-old will not be allowed to post bail, remaining in

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Basalt bottle-thrower pleads to criminal mischief

June 4, 2018 — A Basalt man caught throwing duct-tape-wrapped bottles filled with household chemicals into the Roaring Fork River this spring pleaded guilty Monday to felony criminal mischief. Richard Parras-Membreno, 43, originally faced six felony counts of causing a hazardous substance incident in relation to at least 74

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Roaring Fork Valley man accused of seeking sex with girl to appear in federal court

June 4, 2018 — Ryan Mausner, a Roaring Fork Valley man accused by the FBI of flying to Kansas City under the guise of having sex with a 7-year-old girl, is scheduled to be in federal court today in Missouri. An FBI online covert employee, posing as a mother

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Roaring Fork Valley teens charged with sexaully assaulting girl

June 1, 2018 — Prosecutors on Friday charged two Roaring Fork Valley teen boys with repeatedly sexually assaulting a girl younger than the age of 15. Nelson Parada Vargas, 18, of Lazy Glen and Ever Valencia, 19, of Carbondale were each charged with felony sexual assault on a child

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FBI charges Carbondale man for pursuing sex with 7-year-old girl in Missouri

May 31, 2018 — A Carbondale-area man is facing a maximum of life in prison after FBI special agents in Kansas City believe he attempted to solicit sex with a purported 7-year-old girl. Posing as a single mother of two, an FBI online covert employee engaged in months of online

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