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Crime BriefsTwo juveniles arrested in Carbondale vehicle theft

October 13, 2017 — Carbondale police arrested two boys in a stolen truck in the Roaring Fork High School parking lot Monday morning. Officers received reports of a possible stolen truck on Colorado 133 and Main Street. A white Ford F-150 bearing "GWP Great Western Painting" had been stolen

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New Garfield dispatcher wins national award

October 8, 2017 — It takes a cool head when you have someone's life on the line. But that's the everyday job at the Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority. The team is made up of 20 dispatchers, and on any given day three to five are on duty, 24

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Crime Briefs Four arrested in Rifle with 120 pounds of pot

October 6, 2017 — The regional drug task force arrested four men found with about 120 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday in Rifle. A couple of the men said they were working at a grow site somewhere in the mountains. A Rifle police officer on patrol spotted an SUV

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Castillo attorneys seek to block statements in murder case

October 5, 2017 — A district court judge is considering a motion to prevent the use of statements from Michelle Castillo in the murder trial of a Glenwood woman accused as an accomplice in the 2016 slaying of Blanca Salas-Jurado. Investigators say that Castillo helped her boyfriend, Gustavo Olivo-Tellez,

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Rifle homicide suspect arrested in Oregon

September 26, 2017 — When Cassandra Brueckmann answered her door on March 29, Michael Francis Montgomery was there, say Rifle police. He forced his way in, closed the door behind him and demanded to know where someone named Anthony was, according to an affidavit. The affidavit states that Brueckmann

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Crime BriefsWoman dragged from hotel by the neck

September 22, 2017 — An employee of the Affordable Inns in Glenwood Springs was arrested on a felony charge after telling police that he dragged a pestering woman out of the lobby by the throat. Glenwood officers got the call on the afternoon of Sept. 20. A 41-year-old woman

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CRIME BRIEFSAnti-meth vigilante arrested in Parachute

September 15, 2017 — Police arrested a 33-year-old woman in Parachute on Wednesday evening after reports that she was accusing neighbors of being on meth and threatening them with a bat. A woman called police saying that the 33-year-old was outside an apartment complex with a bat. The woman

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Gun incident at trailhead linked to auto burglaries

September 14, 2017 — The two men arrested for pulling a gun on a man sleeping in his car at a popular trailhead near Twin Lakes last weekend allegedly burglarized five or six cars between there and Utah, according to law enforcement documents. A search of the men's hotel

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Garfield court for drug offenders is thriving

September 10, 2017 — Drug cases flood the 9th Judicial District, just like at courts across the country, but in Garfield County a different model of justice and response is thriving. Garfield County's Ray Combest Adult Drug Court recently won state accreditation from Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy

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Crime Briefs: Stolen mountain bike quickly recovered

September 9, 2017 — Glenwood police the afternoon of Aug. 30 responded to the theft of a $2,800 mountain bike from Canyon Bikes. An officer was in traffic near the Glenwood Springs Mall at the time and saw three people sitting by an electrical box, behind which was a

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Suspect in West Glenwood hit and run arrested in Nebraska

September 8, 2017 — Authorities in Imperial, Nebraska, have arrested the 30-year-old hit-and-run suspect from a head-on crash in West Glenwood in late July. Louis Quezada-Cruz was wanted on felony charges of vehicular assault and accident involving injuries, as well as misdemeanors for reckless driving, no insurance and driving

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Shaw Lewis fatal wreck to go to DA

September 5, 2017 — The Interstate 70 wreck Aug. 16 near Silt that injured a Colorado State Patrol trooper and killed a Carbondale teacher is still under investigation. Walt Stowe, Garfield County Sheriff's Office public information officer, said by email Tuesday that sheriff's office representatives would meet this week

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Crime Briefs: Suspect tells deputy to beware of gang ties

September 3, 2017 — The Garfield County Sheriff's Office reported that, while being arrested, a 39-year-old man threatened a deputy and his family with violent revenge through his gang connections. Just past midnight on Aug. 5, multiple 911 calls came into dispatch about a reckless driver on Interstate 70

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Lance Armstrong’s old bike stolen from Pitkin County sheriff’s porch

August 31, 2017 — A valuable bicycle with some serious pedigree was stolen earlier this month from the front porch of Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo’s Aspen home, the sheriff said Wednesday. “I’m bummed,” DiSalvo said. “So we decided to do a Facebook campaign (to try to get it

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Colorado woman gets 6 years in prison for son’s drowning

August 29, 2017 — GRAND JUNCTION — A western Colorado woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for being passed out drunk while her 9-month-old son drowned in a backyard pool. The Grand Junction Sentinel reports 30-year-old Grace Aragon was sentenced Monday for the June 2016 death of

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Crime Briefs: Trespasser leaves behind over 100 beer cans and resume

August 29, 2017 — Responding to a trespassing report, Glenwood Springs police stumbled upon a foul scene in an empty home the morning of Aug. 13. The owner lives in the house next door to the vacant house on the 1300 block of Blake Avenue. The owner said she

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Silt officer reported repeated burglaries

August 28, 2017 — Silt police Cpl. Michael Taylor reported that his home was burglarized twice and his wife's car also was broken into, netting more than $60,000 in insurance payments, the state indictment charging him with fraud, theft and forgery alleges. Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has charged

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Grass fire edges close to residences in Basalt before getting snuffed

August 25, 2017 — A gravel path and a fortuitous wind shift Friday afternoon helped Basalt firefighters control a grass fire along Highway 82. The fire torched about 2.5 acres north of Highway 82 between West Two Rivers Road and Original Road — immediately below the high-density neighborhoods of

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Crime Briefs: Trespasser leaves behind over 100 beer cans and resume

August 25, 2017 — Responding to a trespassing report, Glenwood Springs police stumbled upon a foul scene in an empty home the morning of Aug. 13. The owner lives in the house next door to the vacant house on the 1300 block of Blake Avenue. The owner said she

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Deadly climbing season spurs safety plans by Mountain Rescue Aspen, sheriff

August 24, 2017 — A deadly season in the Elk Mountains has convinced Mountain Rescue Aspen to ramp up safety education offered to people tackling the big peaks. The search-and-rescue group plans to start a Peak Awareness program each year early in the climbing season, MRA officials said Thursday.

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