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Judge denies more mistrial requests in Olivo-Tellez murder case

February 15, 2019 — Defense attorneys for Gustavo Olivo-Tellez, 29, accused of murdering his estranged wife, Blanca Salas-Jurado, in 2016, again filed motions that the judge hearing the case recuse himself and declare a mistrial Friday, as the trial moved into its fourth day. Ninth District Court Judge John Neiley

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Garfield County crime briefs: Car theft, fast food, meth and undergarments

February 15, 2019 — At approximately 5:14 p.m. Feb. 7, the owner of a black Ford F150 reported his vehicle stolen. According to the reporting party, the vehicle was stolen "with the key that he kept in the center console." About an hour-and-a-half later, dispatch advised that the reporting

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Thieves who ripped off $9,000 in tools busted for trying to resell them

February 15, 2019 — EDWARDS — If you’re going to steal tools from construction sites, do not try to sell them to the people from whom they were stolen. Two men were arrested and one deported after they tried to sell thousands of dollars worth of allegedly stolen tools

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Pitkin County Democratic Party chair assaulted while canvassing

February 15, 2019 — The 72-year-old chairman of the Pitkin County Democratic Party said Thursday he was punched, kicked and thrown down a flight of stairs by a local resident while out canvassing earlier this week. “He said, ‘If I see you again, I’m going to kill you,'” Howie

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Battlement Mesa drug bust Tuesday leads to four arrests

February 13, 2019 — The Garfield County Sheriff's Office Threat Assessment Group (TAG), with assistance from the Sheriff’s All-Hazards Response Team, on Tuesday executed a search warrant in Battlement Mesa and subsequently arrested four people including a fugitive with active arrest warrants. According to a press release, investigators with

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Judge Neiley rejects call for mistrial in Olivo-Tellez murder trial

February 13, 2019 — Ninth District Judge John Neiley denied a request for a mistrial Wednesday morning and declined to recuse himself in the first-degree murder trial of Gustavo Olivo-Tellez, 29, who is accused of killing his ex-wife, Blanca Salas-Jurado, in October 2016. Ryan Dawson, a lawyer for the

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Carbondale man pleads guilty to attempted sex with a 7-year-old girl

February 13, 2019 — A Carbondale man faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison without parole and a maximum of life after pleading guilty Wednesday to attempting to have sex with a 7-year-old girl, according to a news release. Ryan Mausner, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one

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Montrose man sentenced 48 years in woman’s death

February 12, 2019 — MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) — A 20-year-old Colorado man has been sentenced 48 years in prison for the 2017 shooting death of a woman. The Daily Sentinel reports that Joseph A. Saur, of Montrose, was sentenced Monday by Montrose County District Judge Keri Yoder on a charge of

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Aspen condo trashed in X Games party, lawsuit filed

February 12, 2019 — A Front Range man who stayed in Aspen for the Winter X Games faces civil allegations that he trashed a condo by raiding its liquor cabinet and damaging valuable artwork and furniture. In a lawsuit filed Friday in Pitkin County District Court, the trust that

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Man who drove stolen car wrong way on I-70 at 104 mph sentenced to 24 years

February 12, 2019 — EAGLE — Ruben Martinez was on probation and wasn’t allowed to have a gun, like the one he used to steal an Aurora Uber driver’s car. He was also supposed to avoid narcotics and other controlled substances, like the ones he loaded into the car

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Glenwood murder trial centers around intent to kill, premeditation

February 11, 2019 — Attorneys made opening arguments Monday in the trial against Gustavo Olivo-Tellez, accused of first-degree murder for the death of his estranged wife at the Pinon Pines Apartments south of Glenwood Springs Oct. 7, 2016. The trial does not appear to be about whether Olivo-Tellez allegedly

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Olivo-Tellez murder trial begins in Glenwood Springs

February 10, 2019 — Opening arguments in the murder trial against Gustavo Olivo-Tellez are scheduled to begin Monday morning after a weeklong jury selection process. Prosecuting and defense attorneys settled on a 16-member jury Friday, which includes 12 primary and four alternate jurors. All 16 were sworn in Friday

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Garfield County Crime Briefs: Wyoming PD helps find Rifle car thief

February 8, 2019 — Back on July 11, 2018, Rifle Police began investigating a stolen-vehicle case after receiving reports of a strange interaction at the local Kum and Go convenience store. With assistance from authorities in Wyoming, a suspect is now in custody in Garfield County. In the initial

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Garfield County crime briefs: Carbondale car chase leads to felony arrest

February 1, 2019 — A 29-year-old Carbondale man led police on a 17-mile car chase that looped through Missouri Heights and El Jebel and ended on Catherine Store Road around 2 a.m. last Sunday morning. According to an arrest affidavit, a Carbondale Police officer noticed a motorist later identified

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Roaring Fork Valley man set to plead guilty in underage sex case

January 31, 2019 — The Carbondale man who traveled to Missouri in May allegedly to have sex with a 7-year-old girl is scheduled to plead guilty to charges related to the case next month, according to online federal court records. Ryan Mausner, 42, was charged with one count of

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Deportation in Rifle sex assault case halts criminal proceeding

January 29, 2019 — Within three days of bonding out of the Garfield County Jail, where he had been detained on charges of sexual assault, Jose Solis-Coyado was in federal custody awaiting deportation to Guatemala. Prosecutors were ultimately unable to prevent his deportation, and Solis-Coyado is now out of

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Silverthorne dentist pleads guilty in ‘pill mill’ case, faces up to six years in prison

January 29, 2019 — Bonifacio Guillena III, a former dentist in Silverthorne, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance at the Summit County Justice Center on Monday. Guillena, 42, was a dentist at the Comfort Dental in Silverthorne. In March 2018, a

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Garfield County Crime Briefs: False statement leads to bombs, meth

January 25, 2019 — At approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, an officer with the Rifle Police Department noticed a "validated and active gang member" driving to a location "known to be involved in illegal drug activity." According to the arrest affidavit, the 31-year-old male subject was seen going to

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Facts disputed in Aspen assault by social media star Cameron Dallas

January 23, 2019 — The Aspen lawyer representing the man beaten and injured at a downtown hotel last month by a social media and reality-TV star said Tuesday his client was attacked without provocation. “(Cameron Dallas) sucker-punched my client then repeatedly hit him when he was on the ground,”

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Lake Christine fire suspects plead not guilty. Arson trials set for May and June

January 23, 2019 — EAGLE — The pair accused of sparking the Lake Christine fire pleaded not guilty Wednesday and will take their chances at trial. Richard Miller and Allison Marcus made their first court appearance before District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman where they entered their not guilty pleas.

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