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High Country Crime: Aspen hatchet man arrested at Intercept Lot again

February 18, 2018 — For the second time in a year and a half, a local transient was arrested last Friday for brandishing a hatchet at fellow residents of the Intercept Lot, according to court documents and statements in court Monday, Feb. 12. Justin Schaaf, 35, was charged with

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‘It becomes deeply personal’: Summit County cops mourn spate of Front Range deputy killings

February 13, 2018 — In the early hours of Dec. 31 last year, metro Denver police converged on a Highlands Ranch apartment where an armed man had barricaded himself in a bathroom. Douglas County deputy sheriffs were trying to speak to the man when he opened fire, emptying more

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Alleged murderers plotted their rampage in Edwards death, charges say

February 13, 2018 — EAGLE — Two Denver residents are accused of strangling a beloved Edwards woman to death, as well as planning and conspiring ahead of time commit the murder. Jacob Taylor White, 23, and Leigha Paige Ackerson, 24, each face eight felony charges for allegedly murdering Catherine

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High Country Crime: Aspen dog-sitter helps self to $160k

February 11, 2018 — A dog-sitter allegedly stole her former employer's checkbook and wrote 45 checks to herself over several months totaling nearly $160,000, according to court documents. Vanessa Simon, 21, who now lives in Denver, admitted to the theft when a Pitkin County sheriff's deputy called her Friday,

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Man acquitted of both counts in Breckenridge sexual assault trial

February 9, 2018 — A Summit County jury acquitted Christopher Jay Gann of the two felony sexual assault counts against him on Friday, ending a four-day trial that featured ample physical evidence but not enough to bridge the yawning memory gaps in both Gann and his accuser that sowed

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Self-described ‘gypsy’ testifies for defense in day two of Breckenridge sexual assault trial

February 8, 2018 — The sexual assault trial of Christopher Jay Gann wrapped up its second day of testimony on Thursday, with the accuser's wife and an eccentric defense witness trying to fill in the huge gaps in both Gann's and his accuser's memory of the January 2017 incident.

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Dillon police sergeant Tina White honored for line-of-duty injury

February 8, 2018 — Dillon police Sergeant Tina White has been awarded with a Law Enforcement Purple Heart award from the American Police Hall of Fame in recognition of a serious injury she suffered in the line of duty last year. On Oct. 15, Sergeant White and a fellow

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Former Breckenridge man accused of sexually assaulting woman, abandoning her in near-zero weather

February 7, 2018 — A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and abandoning her in near-zero temperatures near Breckenridge a year ago is now on trial in Summit County court, charged with two felonies that could each carry lengthy prison sentences. Like many sexual assault cases, the alleged

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High Country Crime: Aspen Camp for the Deaf ransacked by renters during X Games

February 4, 2018 — The Aspen Camp for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is scrambling to raise donations to repair and deep-clean two cabins and restock its pantry after renters in town for the Winter X Games ransacked facilities last weekend. The renters cracked a door frame, left

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13-year-old could face felony charges in Carbondale dog shooting case

February 1, 2018 — The 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office is contemplating filing at least two felony charges against a 13-year-old boy suspected of shooting a dog to death last week near Carbondale, including animal cruelty. The suspect, who lives in the Carbondale area, is due in Garfield County

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New sexting law gives options to Colorado law enforcement

January 31, 2018 — GYPSUM — Colorado lawmakers wanted to give law enforcement some middle ground about sexting, somewhere between felonies-or-bust and a slap on the wrist. It looks like they hit their target, said Tad Degen, a school resource officer with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. Colorado’s new

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Man suspected of driving over girlfriend in Steamboat Springs

January 30, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Brighton man faces a felony assault charge after the man’s girlfriend told police he shoved her out of a car and then twice ran over her legs. Noah S. Block, 33, was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of felony second-degree

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Accused murderers ‘likely’ called an Uber in Pilgrim Downs killing, Sheriff confirms

January 29, 2018 — EDWARDS — Two accused murderers likely counted on an Uber as their getaway car. Catherine Kelley, 74, was found strangled to death in her Pilgrim Downs home Wednesday, Jan. 24. Leigha Paige Ackerson, 24, and Jacob Taylor White, 23, are accused of killing her. They're

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Accused murderers ‘likely’ called an Uber in Edwards killing, Sheriff confirms

January 29, 2018 — EDWARDS — Two accused murderers likely counted on an Uber as their getaway car. Catherine Kelley, 74, was found strangled to death in her Pilgrim Downs home Wednesday, Jan. 24 Leigha Paige Ackerson, 24, and Jacob Taylor White, 23, are accused of killing her. They’re

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High Country Crime: Meth cook found in Roaring Fork River

January 28, 2018 — Basalt officials are warning the public to be wary of containers they find in or along the banks of area rivers after police found what are suspected to be cold-cook vessels for methamphetamine. The Basalt Police Department received a report Wednesday, Jan. 24 of suspicious

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Two arrested in Edwards stabbing death; man, woman fled but were quickly arrested

January 25, 2018 — EDWARDS — Two people are in jail following a stabbing death late Wednesday night, Jan. 24. The call came in at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday from the Pilgrim Downs neighborhood, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said. The man and woman fled the scene before Eagle

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Sheriff’s deputy killed near Denver, 1 of 3 suspects caught

January 25, 2018 — DENVER (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy was shot to death during a confrontation north of Denver and one suspect has been taken into custody and a manhunt is on for two others, authorities said. A spokeswoman for the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were

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Garfield County jail releases wrong inmate, re-captures him the next morning

January 24, 2018 — GARFIELD COUNTY — A Garfield County jail inmate who had been released in error late Monday night, Jan. 22, was re-arrested and returned to jail about six hours later. On Monday at approximately 11 p.m., Armando Jose Mayo, 19, escaped through a release error by

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High Country Crime: ‘Hobo jelly’ graffiti sprayed along Interstate 70 in Eagle County

January 21, 2018 — Some people apparently fancy themselves Picasso with a spray can. Eagle County Sheriff's deputies have responded to several graffiti incidents where people are drawing aliens and scrawling "Hobo" or "Hobo Jelly" on highway overpasses and Union Pacific train trestles along Interstate 70. The graffiti is

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Summit County police blotter: Drug suspect charged with vehicle theft after running into victim in jail

January 18, 2018 — A man arrested for drug possession was hit with additional charges after he ran into the owner of the truck he was driving in the Summit County Jail. The man was pulled over at around 2 a.m. on Dec. 30 near Frisco for a cracked

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