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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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FBI, other law enforcement helping in Aspen investigation into alleged sexual assaults

October 23, 2018 — A slew of law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are investigating an unspecified number of sexual assaults tied to two men charged nearly two weeks ago with one of the assaults, local officials said Tuesday. "Two individuals were arrested (Oct. 9) on charges related to

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Broncos backup QB Chad Kelly arrested in trespassing case, ‘mumbling incoherently’

October 23, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — Denver Broncos backup quarterback Chad Kelly was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of criminal trespass after a couple reported he came into their suburban house uninvited and sat down on their couch “mumbling incoherently,” according to court records. General manager John Elway said

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Cuervo’s Vail Valley Sno-Cat caper getting clearer. Jason Cuervo admits stealing Sno-Cat and hauling it from the mountains to the desert

October 22, 2018 — EAGLE — The curious case of Jason Cuervo the Sno-Cat stealer is becoming clearer. Cuervo admitted that he stole John Brandenburg's big orange Sno-Cat and pulled it with his small pickup truck west along Interstate 70 toward the high desert around Grand Junction, not a

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Pitkin County Courthouse ICE arrest likely a first

October 19, 2018 — The arrest of a Carbondale man by immigration officers this week at the Pitkin County Courthouse appears to be the first time in decades that such an arrest has occurred inside the downtown Aspen building, sources said Friday. "I'm not sure we've ever seen that

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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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