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Aspen teen, 20-year-old face sexual assault charges, in custody on $100,000 cash-only bonds

October 10, 2018 — A juvenile boy and 20-year-old man, both of Aspen, are in custody on separate cash-only bonds of $100,000 for allegedly participating in the sexual assault of a girl earlier this year. Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies arrested the two Tuesday.

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Basalt police bust man on suspicion of selling cocaine

October 9, 2018 — Basalt police arrested a man outside of a local tavern early Saturday morning on suspicion of possession and distribution of cocaine. Alexander Antonio Quijada-Rivas, 26, was taken into custody shortly after 2 a.m. after authorities found a bag containing cocaine and a weighing scale underneath

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Man who started 200-acre wildfire near Fruita sentenced to public service

October 2, 2018 — GRAND JUNCTION (AP) — A man who admitted accidentally starting a wildfire that burned about 200 acres along the Colorado River has been sentenced to 80 hours of public service under a plea agreement. The Daily Sentinel reported that Mike “Marlow” Mewborn was sentenced Monday after pleading

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Extra charge possible for protester of bear killing near Snowmass

September 26, 2018 — A 68-year-old Pitkin County man who allegedly berated a hunter for legally killing a bear next door to his property earlier this month may face a third charge in connection with the incident. Thomas Andersen, who's already been charged with felony arson and misdemeanor disorderly

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Prosecutors want Bear Wallow embezzlement cases enjoined

September 20, 2018 — Embezzlement charges against a husband and wife and their two sons who formerly managed the Bear Wallow Ranch near New Castle should be combined into a single trial, says the 9th District Attorney's Office. However, attorneys for the individual members of the Farris family are

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Five sentenced in Garfield-Mesa county drug case

September 12, 2018 — A case involving drug trafficking in Garfield and Mesa counties that led to a 2016 drug sting resulted in five people being sentenced to federal prison this week for their respective roles. Sentencing hearings were held over two days Monday and Tuesday in U.S. District

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Accused Sno-Cat stealer makes first Eagle County court appearance

September 12, 2018 — EAGLE — Jason Cuervo spends more time on the highway these days than the Sno-Cat he allegedly stole. Cuervo finally made his first Eagle County Court appearance this week, after missing his first local court appearance for a pretty good reason: he was in the

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Skier accused of trying to jump crowd at Copper pond-skim event pleads guilty

September 4, 2018 — The skier accused of trying to jump the crowd at Copper Mountain’s Annual Slopesoakers pond-skimming event earlier this year pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge earlier this month. Hayden Patrick Wright, 27, was descending on a run in

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Former city of Aspen official at Red Brick charged with four felonies

August 28, 2018 — The former director of a city of Aspen nonprofit agency allegedly employed a variety of schemes to steal nearly $160,000 of taxpayer money between 2015 and 2017, according to court documents filed this week. Some of the money allegedly taken by Angie Callen, who served

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Aspen Village man killed in alleged hit-and-run on Highway 82 in Basalt

August 25, 2018 — An Aspen Village resident attempting to cross Highway 82 late Friday night was killed by a motorist who was allegedly under the influence and fled the scene, authorities said. The 54-year-old male victim's identity was not being released pending the notification of his relatives, said

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Trial date set for man accused of murdering his estranged wife in Glenwood Springs

August 24, 2018 — A trial date has been set for Gustavo Olivo-Tellez, the man accused of murdering his estranged wife, Blanca Salas-Jurado, in October of 2016 at an apartment south of Glenwood Springs. At the request of the defense attorney, the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of

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Investigation report released after Brusig case dismissed

August 23, 2018 — A police investigation that led to misdemeanor theft charges against former Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts director Christina Brusig questions thousands of dollars in arts center expenses in the months leading up to her departure in April 2017. It also questions where a large

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Carbondale man’s sentencing on six counts of child sex assault continued

August 18, 2018 — A sentencing hearing for a Carbondale man convicted of six counts of child sex assault has been continued to Sept. 20. Ninth Judicial District Judge Denise Lynch approved the continuance to give the Probation Department additional time to compile and provide a pre-sentence investigation report.

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Forest Service cleans up illegal marijuana grow site near Redstone

August 17, 2018 — REDSTONE — U.S. Forest Service workers undertook an extensive effort last month to clean up the mess at an elaborate illegal marijuana growing operation and restore natural conditions in a patch of national forest in the Crystal Valley. A crew of eight workers from the

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Lake Christine Fire arson suspects appear in court

August 14, 2018 — The two people facing charges for allegedly starting the Lake Christine Fire near Basalt in early July made their first appearance on recently filed new felony charges in Eagle County District Court on Tuesday. Defense attorneys for both Richard Miller, 23, and Allison Marcus, 22,

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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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