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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 indicted on 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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Trial set in Rifle vehicular manslaughter case

May 30, 2018 — A seven-day trial running from July 26 to Aug. 3 is set for a 31-year-old man who allegedly struck and killed a Carbondale teacher and injured a Colorado State Trooper while traveling on Interstate 70 near Silt last summer. Officials have charged Jeffrey Burk, who

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Unruly man alleged to have thrown punch, spit on Basalt officers

May 29, 2018 — A Roaring Fork Valley man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he allegedly cursed at a police officer who was passing by on a patrol bicycle, prompting the cop to run his name through dispatch and learn he was wanted in Mesa County. At a hearing

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Aspen man in trouble over alleged lewd behavior in neighbor’s apartment

May 24, 2018 — An Aspen man on probation for masturbating in a Snowmass condominium complex hot tub allegedly was caught in the act again this week in a neighbor's apartment. This time, however, the charge against suspect Benjamin Phillip Morton is more severe — a Class 5 felony

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It’s jail, then probation for check-stealing dog-sitter

May 21, 2018 — A fired dog-sitter who stole her Aspen employer's checkbook and wrote nearly $160,000 worth of checks to herself was taken to jail in handcuffs Monday after her sentencing hearing. Vanessa Simon, 21, pleaded guilty to felony theft in the case and will spend the next

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Brothers arrested in drug-trafficking ring over Garfield and Eagle counties

May 21, 2018 — Prosecutors are expected to file charges Wednesday against a 34-year-old man who allegedly led a widespread drug trafficking ring that operated across Eagle and Garfield counties. Jose Alejandro Flores-Alba, held at Garfield County Jail on $500,000 bond, was arrested May 14 and charged with eight

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High speed chase west of Gypsum ends with suspect in river, recovery via helicopter

May 17, 2018 — GYPSUM — A man who thought jumping into the Eagle River was a viable plan to flee from law enforcement officials Wednesday morning, May 16, ended up regretting that decision. Wednesday night he was in custody and in the hospital after his ill advised escape

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Second Bear Wallow embezzlement case heads to trial

May 15, 2018 — A 9th Judicial District judge said Tuesday there is enough evidence to take a second embezzlement case to trial involving a husband and wife who are accused of stealing more than $1 million dollars from a New Castle-area ranch they managed for almost 30 years.

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Judge moves first Bear Wallow Ranch embezzlement case to trial

May 15, 2018 — A 9th Judicial District judge on Monday found there was sufficient evidence to bring to trial a man who allegedly stole more than $1 million from the company ranch he and his family managed for more than 30 years. The owners of the ranch say

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Man with notorious Aspen past invokes ‘sovereign’ defense

May 1, 2018 — A former Aspen resident who took part in a notorious 1999 crime spree that rattled locals now says he's a "sovereign citizen" and should not have to face consequences for a DUI he received late last year. Stefan Schutter, 36, now of Redstone, appeared Tuesday

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Feds intercept Ecstasy package heading from Netherlands to Vail

May 1, 2018 — A U.S. Department of Homeland Security agent posing as a mailman delivered a package to a Vail home supposedly containing garlic and rosemary, but actually filled with Ecstasy – lots of Ecstasy. The package air-mailed from the Netherlands to 2875 Manns Ranch Road in Vail

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Defendant enters insanity plea in Glenwood murder case

April 27, 2018 — A defendant who was set to stand trial next month for shooting and killing his estranged wife at her Glenwood Springs-area home in October 2016 has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Gustavo Olivo-Tellez, 28, was in District Court in Glenwood Springs Thursday with

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Aspen judge issues arrest warrant for suspect in 2017 art slashing

April 26, 2018 — An arrest warrant is issued for Englishman for 2017 vandalism to $3 million painting at an Aspen art gallery. Nicholas Morley, 40, who was convicted of killing two people during a road rally in 2007, is wanted in connect to the slashing of a painting, which local law enforcement says is owned by his family.

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Could carry a sentence of up to life in prison

April 19, 2018 — A 46-year-old male was convicted Thursday on one count of attempted sexual assault on a child and one count of enticement of a child, following a four-day jury trial in 9th District Court in Glenwood Springs. Both convictions carry a sentence of up to life

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