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SUMMIT COUNTY – A work release inmate at the Summit County Jail left the Justice Center in Breckenridge Friday to see about a job, but never showed up at the employer’s office and never returned to jail.

Law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for 41-year-old Kenneth Kazimir. Kazimir left the jail at 10 a.m. and was to return within four hours, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies did learn that Kazimir retrieved his vehicle from an impound lot, removed his personal items and sold the car to an unknown person.

Kazimir is described as 6 feet tall, with hazel eyes and a medium build. When last seen, Kazimir also had a moustache. He was booked into the jail June 30 on a charge of third-degree assault stemming from an alleged domestic dispute.



Anyone with information on Kazimir’s whereabouts should call the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 453-2232.

Anonymous tips can also be given to Summit County Crime Stoppers by calling 1-866-453-STOP. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 for information on Summit County crimes.



In an unrelated incident, another work release inmate was re-arrested Wednesday after testing positive for alcohol and attempting to flee from an officer. A sergeant from the sheriff’s office arrived at the Moose Jaw in Frisco just before noon to check on Troy Freese, who was working at the bar and restaurant under the work release program. Other employees gave mixed stories to explain why Freese wasn’t at the bar. Freese’s stepfather initially told the sergeant Freese had gone to walk the dog, then that Freese had gone to Safeway to get tomatoes. Moments later, according to the sergeant’s report, the stepfather left through the rear entrance with a box of tomatoes, then Freese entered the back carrying the same box.

The sergeant administered a preliminary breath test, and Freese blew a .084. When the sergeant tried to cuff Freese, the inmate ran. The sergeant caught Freese after a chase through the alley and Frisco Historic Park. The sergeant also charged the stepfather with providing false information to an officer.

The work release program is a sentencing alternative. Judges decide if inmates merit the program, and it’s usually reserved for nonviolent offenders. Work release inmates work five days a week and return each night at a time prescribed by their work release contract. The inmates pay a fee to the jail for administering the program. Violating the work release contract, which includes drug tests, typically carries increased sentence consequences and loss of privileges.

On average, the Summit County Jail has 12 to 15 inmates on work release. Two work release escapes occurred in 2001, but the inmates were quickly found and brought back to jail. Two inmates disappeared in October 2002. One turned himself in in Denver the following day and the other was captured by Pueblo County officers in June.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.


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