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Emergency crews alert to shifting detour dynamics

August 15, 2017 — The Grand Avenue bridge detour may be a pain for everyone, but to some it's a matter of life and death. And though emergency responders see the first couple of days of the detour route as a success, they're keeping an eye out for changes […]

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Crime Briefs: Cocaine and Fireball fuel 111-mph chase

August 11, 2017 — Garfield County deputies last Saturday deployed a spike strip on Interstate 70 near Rifle to end a high-speed chase involving a red Hyundai Sonata clocked at up to 111 mph. Gun drawn, a deputy directed the driver from the vehicle and saw that he was […]

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Colorado felony DUI law requiring jail time begins soon

August 8, 2017 — DENVER — A Colorado law goes into effect this week requiring anyone convicted of felony driving under the influence to spend time behind bars. The Denver Post reports the law that starts Wednesday closes a loophole that has allowed people to avoid being locked up while […]

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Elk Mountains are in a league of their own for risk

August 7, 2017 — Capitol Peak is considered one of the toughest hikes among Colorado's mountains over 14,000 feet in elevation, but some of its neighbors in Pitkin County remain more deadly. Two hikers have died at different places under different circumstances on Capitol Peak this summer, so experts […]

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Crime Briefs: Mr. Poopy Pants arrested on burglary

August 4, 2017 — A Garfield County deputy responded to Casa Del Monte Court in No Name the morning of July 22 for a trespass in progress. At about 6 a.m., a man awoke in his bedroom to the sound of his dogs going crazy. He let the dogs […]

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Lifesaving lunch: Man thanks Glenwood EMTs

August 3, 2017 — Peter Harbelis had a close call Saturday and says he wouldn't be alive if it weren't for the quick response from the Glenwood Springs Fire Department. To thank Glenwood Fire's emergency responders for their lifesaving aid while he was having a heart attack, Harbelis on […]

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Six-hour SWAT operation fails to nab police suspect

August 2, 2017 — Nearly a dozen police cars, including a SWAT vehicle, swarmed around a Quality Inn in Silverthorne for roughly six hours on Wednesday, believing they may have surrounded a suspect who had rammed a cop car and eluded capture the night before. It turned out, however, […]

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Maid from New Castle accused of stealing money for third time

July 31, 2017 — A New Castle maid caught on camera two years ago stealing cash from a home she cleaned was arrested again last week for the exact same offense, according to court documents. The arrest actually marked the third time Alejandra Magos-Carbajal, 32, has been accused of […]

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CRIME BRIEFSFight sends Silt cop to hospital

July 28, 2017 — A Silt police officer was injured Tuesday in a violent encounter with 45-year-old Anthony Benham during what was supposed to be a simple civil standby. The officer went to the 400 block of Eagle's Nest Drive in Silt when a woman was grabbing her handbag […]

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Ameral sentenced to 6 years in prison

July 25, 2017 — A district court judge sentenced Nicholas Ameral to six years in prison Tuesday. The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to felony aggravated robbery with an armed confederate. His co-defendant in the robbery of a Carbondale convenience store is his cousin, Benjamin Weeks, who prosecutors say wielded the […]

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Outpouring of support begins for Eagle bartender Dita Richterova

July 25, 2017 — EAGLE — Locals have poured out compassion and cash for a woman who was severely beaten early Monday morning. Dita Richterova was the only one working in Eagle's Brush Creek Saloon at 1:18 a.m. Monday, when security video shows her being savagely beaten by allegedly […]

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Afghani ambassador equates Pakistan with terrorism at Aspen Security Forum

July 22, 2017 — The Afghanistan ambassador to the U.S. had harsh words about Pakistan on Friday while speaking in Aspen, labeling the neighboring country a supporter of terrorism rather than a partner against it. Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib said it is impossible to discuss U.S. policy in his country […]

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Crime BriefsWoman steals car, reads Bible

July 21, 2017 — A 41-year-old man reported to Rifle police on July 2 that a woman he let stay at his place had stolen his car. He told Rifle police that he was acquaintances with her boyfriend, and that she came to his residence July 1 looking for […]

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Castillo pleads not guilty in killing of boyfriend’s wife

July 19, 2017 — Michelle Castillo, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Glenwood Springs woman last year, pleaded not guilty in district court Wednesday. Castillo's 15-day jury trial was also set to begin Jan. 8. Castillo is being prosecuted as a conspirator in the homicide. […]

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Community corrections gets $10K for security

July 18, 2017 — Rodney Hollandsworth, administrator of Garfield County Community Corrections, says his program has been taking on "riskier individuals," prompting him to upgrade security at the Rifle facility. Garfield County commissioners this week approved an additional $10,000 to help the program improve security after a recent threat […]

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Man arrested after claiming to be former NFL player

July 18, 2017 — A 25-year-old man attempted to usurp the identity of a well-known former NFL receiver Friday in a bid to purchase more than $18,000 worth of merchandise from Louis Vuitton in downtown Aspen, police said in court documents. Mervin Cabe of Miami told employees at the […]

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Sons arrested in theft from Waffle House CEO’s ranch; animal cruelty alleged

July 17, 2017 — Two sons of a Silt couple accused in a years-long string of embezzlement from Bear Wallow Ranch have turned themselves in on warrants charging felony theft stemming from the same case. In June, Garfield County authorities arrested Charles "Zane" Farris and Charla Farris in a […]

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Crime Briefs 20-year-old man fires BB gun in Glenwood bar fight

July 14, 2017 — Glenwood police arrested a 20-year-old man after he reportedly fired a BB gun at a couple of men in a late-night confrontation outside a Glenwood bar. Glenwood Springs police responded to five individuals in a fight outside of Las Margaritas early June 29. An air […]

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Burglar gets stuck in vent breaking into Garfield Fairgrounds

July 13, 2017 — An attempted burglary left a man caught in a trap of his own making Wednesday morning. The 27-year old Rifle resident tried to break into the Garfield County Fairgrounds, authorities said. Officers found him at the scene minutes into what they said was his second […]

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Judge moves Carbondale robbery case forward

July 12, 2017 — A district court judge found in a preliminary hearing Wednesday that there is probable cause to move forward on all counts in the Carbondale armed robbery case against Benjamin Weeks. However, Weeks is also facing a murder charge in Las Vegas, stemming from a woman […]

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