Top 5 stories on Summitdaily.com during the week of Oct. 29
Editor’s note: Stories in this list received the most page views on SummitDaily.com for the past week.
The owners of Broken Compass Brewing in Breckenridge have agreed to buy Backcountry Brewery in Frisco, according to sources familiar with the agreement. The owner of Backcountry Brewery, Charlie Eazor, confirmed the pending sale on Tuesday. He said the deal covers all of Backcountry Brewery’s assets, including its beer recipes, restaurant and all rights to the Backcountry Brewery business. Tuesday, Oct. 31 marked the last day in business for Backcountry Brewery at 720 Main St. in Frisco.
A jury found a Summit County man guilty of sexual assault Tuesday evening, delivering a partial but serious conviction that could have major implications for three co-defendants still awaiting trial. Paul Garvin, 46, was convicted of one of the three felony sexual assault charges against him and could face a minimum 16-48 years to life in prison. He could also be sentenced to a minimum 20 years to life probation. Judge Karen Romeo will rule on his punishment at a hearing in January. The verdict, delivered by a jury of 9 women and three men after more than six hours of deliberation, capped off a lengthy, graphic trial that included four cellphone videos of the March 2016 assault.
The number of closures spiked by 42 percent this past winter, going from roughly 300 closures between Golden and Vail to 500 during the 2016-2017 season. However, the total duration of closure time has dropped by 31 percent thanks to these preemptive closures. Ultimately, that’s a win for motorists and for towns like Silverthorne and Dillon. At a recent meeting between Summit County and CDOT in Breckenridge, Tom Gosiorowski, the county’s public works director, pointed out that CDOT has an effective and fine-tuned plan when it comes to getting cars off the interstate, but not necessarily when it comes to minimizing and managing the impacts on secondary highway systems. Beyond the general disruption of gridlock, there are serious public safety concerns at play.
More than 30 people packed into the gallery of Summit County District Court on Monday as a man on trial for sexual assault took the witness stand to profess his innocence. On one side were Paul Garvin’s friends and family, some of whom had been present every day of the trial since it began last Monday. On the other were more than two-dozen women including Garvin’s accuser, who sat stoically and shook her head as he told his side of the story, now tread-worn after five days of testimony. Garvin is the first of four defendants to stand trial for what happened the night of March 17, 2016, when prosecutors say he and three other men sexually assaulted the woman while she was too impaired to give consent.
A 30-year-old Breckenridge man died Friday evening while mountain biking with friends near Moab, Utah. Citing a Grand County Sheriff’s Office news release, the newspaper identified the man as Eric Dube and says he was riding riding up a rock ledge 20 miles southwest of Moab when he lost his balance and fell from his bike. Dube was reportedly experiencing chest pain before the fall, lost consciousness when he fell and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet and protective gear at the time, and his body is undergoing an autopsy, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
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