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Man pleads guilty to killing Vail Valley woman, says he ‘hates’ what he did

September 22, 2018 — EAGLE — Jacob White admitted he helped kill Catherine Kelley in her Pilgrim Downs home. He will spend 68 years in prison, although Kelley’s family argued passionately that it’s not enough. “I did not act in self-defense or to protect Leigha when we killed Ms.

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‘Changing Face of Wildfire’ forums coming next week

September 20, 2018 — Is the Lake Christine Fire a sign of the "new normal" for wildfires in our valley? What's fueling the increased intensity of wildfires? Why has the western fire season grown by over 10 weeks? And how can our valley community be better prepared for the

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Prosecutors want Bear Wallow embezzlement cases enjoined

September 20, 2018 — Embezzlement charges against a husband and wife and their two sons who formerly managed the Bear Wallow Ranch near New Castle should be combined into a single trial, says the 9th District Attorney's Office. However, attorneys for the individual members of the Farris family are

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Snowmass bear killing prompts state investigation after neighbor confronts hunter

September 19, 2018 — A Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer is investigating the shooting of a bear and its unusual aftermath a week ago on a private ranch near Snowmass Village, officials said Friday. The focus of the investigation, however, was not exactly clear because Kurtis Tesch, CPW's Roaring

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Crime Briefs: The great escape; suspect found asleep in back of stolen vehicle

September 14, 2018 — On Sept. 10 just before midnight, an officer with the Parachute Police Department was dispatched to the Parachute Inn for a possible motor vehicle theft. The hotel clerk noticed that a car was no longer in the parking lot. The car belonged to a 21-year-old

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Five West Slope defendants sentenced in drug case

September 12, 2018 — A case involving drug trafficking in Garfield and Mesa counties that led to a 2016 drug sting resulted in five people being sentenced to federal prison this week for their respective roles. Sentencing hearings were held over two days Monday and Tuesday in U.S. District

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Five West Slope defendants sentenced in Garfield-Mesa county drug case

September 11, 2018 — A case involving drug trafficking in Garfield and Mesa counties that led to a 2016 drug sting resulted in five people being sentenced to federal prison this week for their respective roles. Sentencing hearings were held over two days Monday and Tuesday in U.S. District

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CBS’ Moonves, the latest powerful exec felled in #MeToo era

September 10, 2018 — NEW YORK (AP) — The #MeToo movement fighting sexual misconduct had already claimed one of Hollywood’s top movie moguls in Harvey Weinstein. Now it has done the same for Leslie Moonves, one of the television industry’s most powerful executives. The CBS Corp. announced its chairman’s

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Children at NM compound trained to “conduct jihad,” according to FBI interview

September 5, 2018 — ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Five former residents of a ramshackle New Mexico desert compound where a 3-year-old boy’s body was found last month made their initial appearance in federal court Tuesday on firearms-related charges amid accusations by prosecutors that a group member had been training

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Carbondale couple charged in assault, stabbing after drug deal goes bad

August 30, 2018 — A Carbondale teen and her boyfriend are facing felony charges for allegedly beating and stabbing a man over a drug deal gone bad earlier this summer, according to court documents. Lily Snyder, 19, and Israel Carreno, 23, both of Carbondale, have not yet been arrested

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Affidavit: Aspen motorist was high on marijuana at time of fatal crash on Highway 82

August 27, 2018 — The Aspen motorist who authorities suspect struck and killed a pedestrian on Highway 82 on Friday night passed a preliminary breath test but failed a roadside sobriety test and was under the influence of marijuana, a state trooper alleged in an arrest-warrant affidavit released Monday

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Altercation involving a hammer at Sayre Park

August 24, 2018 — Glenwood Springs' Police responded to a disturbance at Sayre Park at approximately 5:51 p.m. Aug. 18 after two men got into a dispute. According to the affidavit, one of the men pulled out a knife and threatened to kill the other man. When officers arrived

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Investigation report released after Arts Center theft case dismissed

August 23, 2018 — A police investigation that led to misdemeanor theft charges against former Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts director Christina Brusig questions thousands of dollars in arts center expenses in the months leading up to her departure in April 2017. It also questions where a large

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Precipitation helps firefighters get upper hand on Cache Creek Fire

August 21, 2018 — Cooler temperatures and precipitation Monday night and Tuesday helped federal firefighters gain an upper hand on the Cache Creek Fire burning southwest of Rifle and east of Battlement Mesa. As of Tuesday midday, the fire that began as a result of a lightning strike July

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Suspect charged in Rifle attempted child abduction

August 17, 2018 — The Rifle Police Department moved forward with charges regarding the attempted child abduction that occurred in the city in June. Ykezio Ohaji-Keyun Sullivan was charged with Kidnapping, First Degree Criminal Trespass and Second Degree Burglary on Aug. 1. According to a Rifle Police Department statement,

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Lake Christine Fire arson suspects appear in court

August 14, 2018 — The two people facing charges for allegedly starting the Lake Christine Fire near Basalt in early July made their first appearance on recently filed new felony charges in Eagle County District Court on Tuesday. Defense attorneys for both Richard Miller, 23, and Allison Marcus, 22,

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Crime Briefs: Stolen car, stolen bikes … all belong to a ‘friend’

August 10, 2018 — A New Castle police officer reported to a new construction site on Castle Valley Boulevard before midnight on Thursday because a suspicious vehicle was reported to be sitting at the site when there should be "nobody or no vehicles on the property at night," according

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GarCo Sheriff responds to possible suicide at Battlement skate park

August 10, 2018 — Garfield County Sheriff's deputies responded Thursday to an apparent suicide near a skateboard park in the unincorporated community of Battlement Mesa south of Parachute. "The area was secured, and deputies discovered a deceased adult male," according a Sheriff's Office press release. The death is being

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Prosecutors determining Brusig’s compliance with restorative justice

August 6, 2018 — Ninth Judicial District prosecutors are reviewing compliance documents in a misdemeanor theft case involving the former Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts director. Christina Brusig, 32, allegedly misappropriated funds while working for the nonprofit organization, which found itself more than $65,000 in debt to creditors

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Crime Briefs: Young man steals car, leaves crucial evidence behind

August 3, 2018 — In the early morning on July 29, officers met with the owner of a vehicle that was reported stolen at the Kum & Go on 6th Street in Glenwood Springs. Using the translator service Language Line, officers learned that the individual went to the Kum

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