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According to a news release by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, a tip from a Crime Stoppers caller has led to the arrest of a burglary suspect.

Shortly after seeing last Friday’s Glenwood Springs Post Independent article announcing a Garfield County Crime Stoppers request for suspect identification in a suspected burglary at the Catherine Store business on Highway 82, an anonymous caller said he recognized the man in the security camera clips.

Thanks to the tip, Dylan Martin, 20, was arrested without incident at his residence, approximately a mile and a half to the east of the alleged crime scene.

Once the tip came in, a Crime Stoppers law enforcement coordinator passed it along to Garfield County Sheriff’s detectives who were working on the case. The name provided by the tipster corresponded to other evidence, and sheriff’s deputies were able to secure an arrest warrant on Tuesday, May 25.

Martin posted a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in district court on June 9 for advisement of charges including felony second degree burglary (force entry – nonresidence).

After two and a half months, the Grand Avenue Paving Project is complete. Construction came to an end this past Monday when the traffic light at Grand Avenue and 23rd Street returned to service and the traffic control devices were removed from the roadway.

The GAPP II project was a continuation of the GAPP I, completed in 2004 and 2005, and involved replacing the asphalt lanes with concrete for a half-mile section of Grand Avenue between Sayre Park and 24th Street.

The contractor, Villalobos Concrete, completed the work 23 days ahead of schedule and will receive an early completion incentive of $92,400, in addition to the $2 million contract price.

Some additional summer work outside the main contract could include possible replacement of a 120-foot section of median, just south of 20th Street, adjacent to the Post Independent office, which was driven on prior to fully curing. The Colorado Department of Transportation will evaluate this section and, depending upon the results, this section may have to be replaced this summer.

The city of Glenwood Springs will also complete some landscaping and irrigation work in the areas where the new sidewalks are set back from the roadway. These sidewalks were added to the project after the city coordinated obtaining easements from adjacent property owners.

A high-speed roadway smoothness sensor is scheduled to run through the project next Wednesday, June 2, after 9 p.m. Motorists may encounter some minor holdups during this time.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force arrested a Carbondale man for felony Distribution and Possession of Cocaine after an undercover operation.

Omar Bautista, 20, of Carbondale was arrested and found to be driving without a driver’s license. He was also charged with the traffic offense. Bautista is being held in the Eagle County Detention Facility on a $50,000 bond. He is illegally in the U.S. from Mexico and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold was placed on Bautista.

According to a news release, the task force purchased $375 worth of cocaine from the suspect in the El Jebel area of Eagle County on April 5. On May 26, task force detectives arrested the suspect with an arrest warrant. The suspect was in possession of an additional two ounces of cocaine at the time of his arrest.

Aspen Memorial Day ceremonies will be held at noon Monday at the Roaring Fork Veterans Memorial, located on the east side of the Pitkin County Courthouse at 506 E. Main St.

The public is invited to attend, and veterans are encouraged to wear items of military memorabilia.

After the ceremony, Aspen Elks Lodge No. 225 will host a community picnic at Connor Park next to City Hall.

For more information, contact Dan Glidden at (970) 927-4183 or Dick Merritt at (970) 927-5178.

A Jefferson County jury on Thursday acquitted a Denver woman on charges that she hired a hit man to kill her ex-husband, Aspen prosecutor Richard Nedlin.

It was the second trial in the case against Elinor Dvir, after the first trial in April resulted in a hung jury.

Nedlin could not be reached Thursday. His superior at the Pitkin County District Attorney’s office, prosecutor Arnold Mordkin, said: “He’s disappointed, as I am. But it is what it is.”

An e-mail and telephone message left with Dvir’s public defender were not returned.

The trial began May 20, and both sides rested this week.

Dvir had been held in the Jefferson County Detention Center since she was arrested in April 2009. Prosecutors said she offered $2,000 to an undercover police officer to kill Nedlin.

She was charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder in a ploy to win a custody battle for her children.

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