Week in Review
In a frantic case of connect the dots and seeing dominos fall into place, local law enforcement arrested a man they believe to be directly involved in the July 29 shooting of a Glenwood Springs Police officer.One week after the shooting, Glenwood Springs Police arrested 20-year-old Sergio Estebon Ramirez and transported him to the Garfield County Jail. He’s being held on a $1 million bond.Charges include attempted first-degree murder on a police officer, attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said more arrests will come.On Saturday, Anthony Villegas, a 19-year-old with the alias “Speedy,” was arrested at a New Castle residence on a nationwide felony drug and car theft warrant. Although brought in for questioning, he has currently not been charged in the shooting case. Vallario said that Villegas might not be one of the two main suspects but he has a connection to the case.Ramirez, who reportedly has a tattoo with his nickname “Smokey” on his neck, slipped through the grasp of law enforcement Friday night. But it wasn’t until the next day that Ramirez became a confirmed suspect in the shooting case.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A third man is now in custody in connection with the July 29 shooting of a Glenwood Springs Police officer.At 9:40 p.m. Friday night, the Garfield County All Hazards Response Team along with the Rifle Police Department and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office executed the search warrant at 33496 River Frontage Road in Silt taking Mauricio “Flaco” Villa Garcia-Pena, 20, into custody without incident. He remains in the custody of The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer. A $500,000 warrant was issued for his arrest.Charges include accessory to attempted first-degree murder and accessory to attempted first-degree murder of a police officer and tampering with physical evidence.
Rescuers found the body of a Glenwood Springs man Friday on a steep scree field near the top of the north face of South Maroon Peak, 12 miles from Aspen.Peter Jessup, 27, was discovered below a hiking trail on the mountain, a rescuer said. He apparently fell down the slope, according to Pitkin County investigator Ron Ryan, who added that there was no information about whether Jessup was climbing alone or with others.Ryan said that from the information a Mountain Rescue Aspen team reported, all indications are that the fall killed Jessup. There also was no sign of foul play, Ryan said. “There is no indication that this was anything other than an accident,” Ryan said.
Sunlight Mountain Resort added 50 employee housing units to its conceptual plans.”Having that in the core of your village is a really positive thing,” said Mark Burnell of SE Group. “It provides an energy that’s really important.”It would address the housing shortage for staff, attract high-quality employees and help reduce traffic, he added.Response to plans after a June meeting was directed in a few main areas: employee housing, transportation, water and environmental issues. Sunlight and its development team went through the plans Monday night and presented some additional details, answering questions afterward.”What about the traffic?” has been the biggest question that has come up, said Louis Meyer of Schmueser Gordon Meyer. He said the resort has been in talks with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority to provide frequent service to the resort. It would be similar to service at Snowmass or Aspen Mountain.
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