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Court Roundup: Glenwood Murder Suspect In Court Tuesday, Vehicular Homicide Case Continued

December 11, 2018 — A January motions hearing has been scheduled for two hours in the first-degree murder case against Trevor Torreyson of Glenwood Springs. Torreyson, 43, remains in custody accused of first-degree murder in the death of Keith Richard Wayne, 56, of Glenwood Springs in late June. Torreyson

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One shot, killed in Rangely shooting with police

December 11, 2018 — An unidentified suspect was shot and killed Monday evening in the western Colorado town of Rangely as police were seeking an arrest, according to information released by the Garfield County Sheriff’s office in conjunction with the Ninth District Attorney’s Office. Rangely Police and deputies from

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Jury convicts former Lake County undersheriff Fernando Mendoza of aggravated incest

December 11, 2018 — LEADVILLE – A Lake County jury convicted the former Lake County undersheriff on two sex assault charges. Fernando Mendoza was found guilty by a jury late Monday afternoon on two counts: Attempt to Commit First Degree Aggravated Incest, a felony, and Attempt to Commit Invasion

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Cellphone panic alarm leads to arrest of sex-assault suspect

December 8, 2018 — GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Police in Colorado arrested a Utah man on sexual assault charges after responding to a panic alarm from a cellphone activated by a juvenile male. KJCT-TV reports that when Grand Junction officers traced the alarm Thursday, they found the man and juvenile

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Crime Briefs: Booze bandit strikes in Rifle

December 7, 2018 — On Dec. 5, officers were notified of a theft at Rocky Mountain Liquors in Rifle. A male suspect had reportedly taken a bottle of liquor without paying for it. Officers located a suspect matching the description the store clerk reported to them. The suspect was

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Body of man missing since April found in Mesa County

December 7, 2018 — GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say they have recovered the remains of a 32-year-old man missing since April in western Colorado. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that Kyle Free, of Clifton, died from gunshot wounds to the neck and chest. It says

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Police: ‘Good samaritan’ stabbed in I-70 standoff

December 6, 2018 — The suspect in the incident that shut down Interstate 70 west of Rifle Tuesday allegedly tried to cut the throat of a man trying to help him with his car, according to a Garfield County Sheriff's affidavit released Thursday. Justin Madrid, 38, is being charged

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West Rifle I-70 standoff suspect allegedly stabbed ‘good samaritan’

December 6, 2018 — The suspect in the incident that shut down Interstate 70 west of Rifle Tuesday allegedly tried to cut the throat of a man trying to help him with his car, according to a Garfield County Sheriff's affidavit released Thursday. Justin Madrid, 38, is being charged

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Vail Valley stabbing suspect may forego trial; suspect may take a plea deal

December 4, 2018 — EAGLE — Attorneys say there is a 50/50 chance that a teenager charged with trying to murder an Avon woman in May will take a plea deal, and not go to trial. Andrew Young appeared Monday morning, Dec. 3, before District Court Judge Russell Granger

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Glenwood Springs man arrested for California school break-in

November 29, 2018 — A Glenwood Springs man was reportedly arrested last weekend in California for an alleged break-in at a school in Mendocino County. The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that, around 8:15 p.m. Nov. 24 while conducting extra patrols near the Sherwood School in the town of Willits,

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Courts roundup: Evidence still being assessed in Glenwood Springs murder case

November 27, 2018 — Attorneys in the Trevor Torreyson murder case are still in the process of reviewing evidence and asked for another continuance in Garfield District Court on Tuesday. Torreyson, 43, remains in the Garfield County Jail on $1 million bond, facing first-degree murder charges for the June

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3 arrested in southern Colorado shooting that killed man

November 26, 2018 — WESTON, Colo. (AP) — Three people have been arrested in the shooting of two people in a small town in southern Colorado. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation said Sunday that a man and a woman were shot in their home in Weston, about 22 miles

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Summit County firefighters douse structure fire outside Keystone; cause unclear

November 24, 2018 — Firefighters from Summit Fire & EMS and the Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District successfully put out a structure fire at The Enclave condo complex outside of Keystone on Friday afternoon. There were no injuries. Firefighters from both departments responded to the fire, across

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Garfield County crime briefs: Warrant leads to cocaine in wallet

November 23, 2018 — At about 7:45 p.m. Nov. 15, a Glenwood Springs police officer attempted to contact a 29-year-old male to inform him of a warrant for his arrest. According to the arrest affidavit filed with the 9th District Court, when the suspect was "dressed and stepped outside,"

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Man who strangled wife, killed his 2 girls sentenced to life

November 19, 2018 — GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — A man who strangled his pregnant wife and suffocated their two young daughters wanted to escape his marriage and growing family, prosecutors said Monday as a judge imposed a sentence of life without parole as part of a plea deal that

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Garfield County crime briefs: Suspicious motel call leads to hypodermic needles

November 16, 2018 — At approximately 3:42 a.m. Nov. 9, Garfield County emergency dispatch received a call about suspicious activity at a north Glenwood Springs motel. According to an affidavit, the reporting party stated that a dark-colored sedan had parked next to a truck in the motel parking lot

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Garfield County Crime Briefs: Vegas wedding story, pot, FBI warrant lead to arrests

November 9, 2018 — On Nov. 4, a trooper with Colorado State Patrol pulled over a black pickup truck for driving in the passing lane where prohibited on Interstate 70 just east of West Rifle Exit 87. Upon approaching the vehicle, the front seat passenger had rolled down his

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Ex-Vail employee allegedly had sex with prostituted child 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 Post Independent has learned. Ronald Braden, 53, appeared in Garfield County District Court Wednesday on bond,

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Forest Service announces plan to begin pile burning

November 8, 2018 — Fire crews will begin burning slash piles in the coming weeks south and west of Carbondale in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. Forest maintenance teams create slash piles when removing debris and other natural matter from the forest is unfeasible. The debris to be burned is

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Crime Briefs: Domestic violence call prompts police to bash car window

November 2, 2018 — Just before 9 p.m. on Oct. 20, Garfield County Sheriff’s officers were called for a domestic assault at the No Name Rest Area. The caller reported an assault involving her sister's fiancé, who along with her sister was homeless and living in their Ford Edge,

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