Keystone squatter evicted despite ‘1 Gondola Way’ ID card |

Keystone squatter evicted despite ‘1 Gondola Way’ ID card

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Summit County, Colorado

A Colorado driver’s license with the address “1 Gondola Way” wasn’t enough to prevent the arrest of a squatter on Keystone Resort property last week.

The inhabitant said he’d been at the site ” in the woods near a parking lot ” for three months and that it was his legal residence. Two tents were set up, and when Keystone Emergency Services personnel arrived, the man emerged from one of the tents to speak to them, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

When the Keystone personnel asked him to leave, the man showed them his driver’s license and said: “It would behoove you to leave the location.”

Asked whether he was threatening them, the man responded it would be “in the best interest of your health if you left the area,” according to the report.

The squatter ” a “really big guy” ” began to shake as if becoming agitated, so the Keystone personnel decided to call the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies returned to the location with the Keystone personnel. When a deputy told the squatter he was camping on Keystone Resorts property, the man said he legally could stay on the property and began arguing with the deputy.

Once it became clear this inhabitant wouldn’t be leaving the site voluntarily, he was arrested. Charges include harassment and third-degree criminal trespass, according to the report.

A Sheriff’s deputy recently stopped a man with a warrant labeled “Violent Tendencies” as he tried to cross Colorado 9 in Frisco with a grocery cart and a dog.

Toting pills he claimed were horse tranquilizers and PCP (a hallucinogen), the man said he was on his way to Fairplay. He said he borrowed the cart to move his heavy belongings but was planning to return it, according to a SCSO report.

The man said a veterinarian had given him the pills, which were for his dog. He added that he planned to return the pills to the veterinarian once he arrived back in Fairplay.

Officers arrested him on the warrant with charges of failure to comply with court orders, and his original charge was third-degree assault, according to the report.

Deputies attempted to identify the pills through the Drug Identification Bible and Rocky Mountain Poison Control but were unsuccessful. No charges were filed regarding the pills pending additional testing.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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