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Taft Conlin’s parents appealing son’s Vail skier death case

September 16, 2018 — EAGLE — Almost everything about the judge and jury’s decisions in a Vail Mountain skier death case is being appealed. Dr. Louise Ingalls and Dr. Steve Conlin, parents of Taft Conlin, say judges in Broomfield and Eagle counties erred in several rulings. Court documents filed

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Mistrial declared in trial of Ramon Villa

September 10, 2018 — EAGLE — A bizarre scene played out at the Eagle County Justice Center on Monday, as Judge Frederick Gannett declared a mistrial in the trial of Ramon Villa, one of four men accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Silverthorne on St. Patrick's Day 2016.

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Jury hears opening statements, expert testimony in Villa trial

September 6, 2018 — EAGLE — The trial of Ramon Villa officially began on a chilly Thursday morning at the Eagle County Justice Center, bringing impassioned opening statements from attorneys on both sides, along with expert testimony from a former Colorado Bureau of Investigation DNA analyst, a forensic toxicologist

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Trial begins for Ramon Villa, one of four accused in 2016 Silverthorne sexual assault

September 4, 2018 — EAGLE — It was standing room only at the Eagle County Justice Center on Tuesday as more than 130 potential jurors filed into the courtroom to begin the voir dire process in the trial of Ramon Villa, one of four men accused of sexually assaulting

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Skier accused of jumping into crowd at Copper pond-skim event pleads guilty to reckless endangerment

September 3, 2018 — The skier accused of trying to jump the crowd at Copper Mountain's Annual Slopesoakers pond-skimming event earlier this year pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge earlier this month. Hayden Patrick Wright, 27, was descending on a run in

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Aspen woman gets DUI after riding bike into parked car

August 24, 2018 — A local woman was allegedly driving and texting while drunk when she ran into the back of a car Sunday, causing “significant” damage according to a police report. Emma Bauer, 30, was cited for DUI and careless driving and transported to jail. And while that

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Tyler Gorrell, a 33-year-old Denver resident, is missing in Silverthorne’s backcountry

August 11, 2018 — Tyler Gorrell, a 33-year-old Denver resident, has been missing since Thursday, Aug. 3, and is suspected to be missing or lost somewhere in the backcountry near Silverthorne. His family was expecting him for a function in a nearby county, but he never showed up. On

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Summit County downgrades fire restrictions to Stage 1 from Stage 2 amid improving fire conditions

August 7, 2018 — Reflecting improving fuel conditions from lower temperatures and a decent amount of rain recently, Summit County's Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to downgrade fire restrictions on unincorporated county land from Stage 2 to Stage 1, effective immediately. While fireworks and open fires are still

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Suspect in Breckenridge assault in July identified as 23-year-old Charles J. Moser

August 3, 2018 — The suspect implicated in a Breckenridge assault last month that sent a man to the hospital with serious head injuries has been identified as 23-year-old Charles J. Moser of Washington. At about 10:30 p.m. on July 15 a Breckenridge police officer responded to an assault

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Trial recap: Verdict decided in the Silverthorne St. Patrick’s Day sexual assault trial

July 25, 2018 — The trial of Justin Cayce Erwin began Tuesday, July 17, at the Eagle County Justice Center. Erwin, 41, is one of four men accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Silverthorne apartment after a night out drinking on St. Patrick's Day in 2016. Find

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Erwin found not guilty on 11 counts in Silverthorne sexual assault trial; mistrial declared for other counts

July 25, 2018 — Editor's note: A digest of trial coverage can be found here.  EAGLE — It was a highly emotional and tense day at the Eagle County Justice Center on Wednesday as the jury finally returned verdicts in the trial of Justin Cayce Erwin, one of four men

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Man gets maximum sentence for vehicular homicide in 2017 crash that killed Breckenridge man

July 20, 2018 — A man who pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in April, stemming from a Memorial Day crash in Kremmling, was sentenced on Thursday to the maximum punishment allowed by law. Felix Cervantes, the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal head-on accident last Memorial Day

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Pedro Gonzalez gets 42-year sentence in Eagle County saloon beating case

July 20, 2018 — EAGLE — Pedro Gonzalez savagely beat Dita Richterova. He admitted it, and security video showed him doing it. But “why” remains a mystery even to District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman, who sentenced Gonzalez to 42 years in prison Thursday afternoon, July 19. “This case is

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Erwin faces his accuser, law enforcement officials, in second day of testimony

July 18, 2018 — EAGLE—People packed into a courtroom at the Eagle County Justice Center on Wednesday for the second day of testimony in the trial of Justin Cayce Erwin, one of four men accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Silverthorne apartment on St. Patrick's Day in

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Trial begins for Justin Erwin, one of four accused in 2016 Silverthorne sexual assault

July 16, 2018 — EAGLE — Dozens of Eagle County residents packed into a crowded courtroom at the Eagle County Justice Center on Monday morning to kick off the jury selection process in the long awaited trial of Justin Cayce Erwin. Erwin, 41, is one of four men accused

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Summit County firefighters return after aiding crews in the Lake Christine Fire

July 14, 2018 — Summit County has been spared from more wildfires since the Buffalo Mountain Fire last month, which was contained at 81 acres but came as close to destroying homes as any local wildfire in years. However, other High Country communities haven't been as lucky. The Lake

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Firework, campfire bans could become permanent in Summit County

July 4, 2018 — Fireworks and the 4th of July usually come as a package and you don't usually expect one without the other. But that's not the case in Summit County, where Stage 2 fire restrictions now ban the sale and use of all fireworks in the county.

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Summit County to build acute treatment facility for mental health crises

June 30, 2018 — A mental health crisis is terrifying for everyone involved. First and foremost is the terror for the person going through the crisis. They may not understand why they are feeling and acting the way they are, and might feel like a hostage of their own

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Summit County deals with pink fire retardant left after Buffalo Mountain Fire

June 22, 2018 — "Better a pink house than no house," quipped Summit Fire & EMS Chief Jeff Berino at a community meeting last week. Berino was referring to complaints about fire retardant dropped by air tankers on the first day of the Buffalo Mountain Fire that turned some

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As attitudes toward sexual violence shift, bringing predators to justice remains difficult

June 21, 2018 — Stepping into Courtroom T at the Summit County Justice Center in Breckenridge, you might first notice how bright the lights are. The ceilings are high and the windows are small. There isn't much sunlight. It's empty now, but in a couple of weeks it could

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