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January 26, 2014
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Summit County police blotter: Keystone fight report ends with cocaine possession arrest

Just before midnight Saturday, Jan. 18 Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a fight at The Goat in Keystone.

According to reports, a man tried to assault an employee and was being restrained near the front entrance until law enforcement officers arrived.

Upon their arrival, deputies discovered the situation had apparently already diffused itself, but as they were preparing to leave an unidentified person approached them saying there was a man using cocaine in the bathroom.

Deputies entered the bathroom and found the man. Because there were other men in the bathroom, deputies asked their suspect if he would follow them outside to talk.

Once outside of the bar, deputies asked the man about what they had been told. The man admitted to purchasing a gram of cocaine when he arrived at the bar and handed over a small bag to the officers, according to police records.

The man was escorted to Summit County jail where, after weighing the substance and positively testing it, the man was booked on suspicion of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance.

Copper Sports Center catches cleaning crew employee with $8K in stolen merchandise

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Copper Sports Center at Copper Mountain for a report of a cold theft.

According to the reporting party, between the dates of Dec. 22, 2013, and Jan. 10, Copper Sports Center employees noticed several items had gone missing, including ski jackets, vests, sweaters and a CamelBak hydration backpack.

In response to the rash of thefts, Copper Sports Center management installed several surveillance cameras. On Jan. 12, a store employee notified her boss that three more jackets had gone missing.

Store managers watched surveillance videos from Jan. 10 through Jan. 12 and were able to narrow down their suspects to two members of the overnight cleaning crew. When confronted about the thefts, one of the two men admitted to stealing the merchandise, which totaled more than $8,000, according to police records.

In addition to admitting to the thefts, the man denied the second suspect had any involvement. The second suspect is the man’s son-in-law, records stated.

While being questioned, the son-in-law told law enforcement officers he knew his father-in-law was stealing merchandise, but did not report it due to their relationship.

Both men were transported to Summit County jail, where the man was booked on suspicion of theft. The son-in-law was issued a summons on suspicion of being an accessory to a crime.

Copper Mountain guest has pass suspended for skiing in closed area

At 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Copper Mountain for a report of a man skiing in a closed area.

Upon their arrival, Copper Mountain ski patrollers told the deputies that the man was discovered skiing in Spaulding Bowl. Ski patrol was conducting avalanche mitigation operations on that part of the mountain. Those efforts had to be paused for the man’s safety, reports stated.

While being questioned by law enforcement officers, the man said he entered Spaulding Bowl from the top of the T-Bar lift. The man did not see any trail closure signs and argued he entered the area legally, according to records.

The reporting patroller radioed to a coworker in the area of Spaulding Bowl and asked him to check the entrance gate. The coworker replied that the entrance gate was closed and there was adequate signage stating the area was closed due to avalanche eradication operations, according to reports.

Copper Mountain suspended the man’s pass until February. He also was issued a summons for skiing in a closed area.

Summit County probation officers turn over man with two warrants

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 a member of the Summit County Probation Department notified Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies working the detention center that a man needed to be arrested on two outstanding warrants.

The warrants, both issued out of Summit County, were for contempt of court. The original charges were menacing with a real or simulated weapon, a Class 5 felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. The bonds were issued at $25,000 and $5,000, respectively.

Upon their arrival, Copper Mountain ski patrollers told the deputies that the man was discovered skiing in Spaulding Bowl. Ski Patrol was conducting avalanche mitigation operations on that part of the mountain. Those efforts had to be paused for the man’s safety, reports stated.


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