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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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Months of preparing for June exercise helped Summit County fight Buffalo Mountain Fire

June 21, 2018 — June 21 had a big red circle around it on Summit County's calendar for about six months. Brian Bovaird, director of Summit County's Office of Emergency Management, was hired back in January. One of the first action items he planned was a full-scale wildfire training

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Man sentenced to life plus 21 years after burning girlfriend to death in front of her children

June 19, 2018 — GEORGETOWN — Christina Archuleta-Blasier just wanted to enjoy a camping trip with her sons. John Vasquez, 34, of Arvada, doused her with gasoline and set her on fire on June 17, 2016. A jury convicted him in April, his second conviction for a criminally violent act

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Alleged Avon stabber moved to valley in April; bond set at $2 million in attempted murder case

June 19, 2018 — EAGLE — It will cost a man who allegedly stabbed a jogger in Avon $2 million to bond out of jail. In a Monday morning, June 18, hearing, Andrew Young Jr.’s bond was set at $2 million, four times the $500,000 his defense attorney Public

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Bike stolen at Ride The Rockies in Breckenridge is reunited with its owner

June 15, 2018 — After a long day of riding, Michael O'Brien was resting in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday when he got the news: His beloved black and green Cervelo had been found. Just as mysteriously as it had disappeared from the Ride The Rockies kickoff last weekend in

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Firefighters, law enforcement to host cookout BBQ Saturday in Frisco

June 15, 2018 — The Summit County Sheriff's Office will join firefighters from Summit Fire and E.M.S and the Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District for a BBQ cookout at Frisco Historic Park on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. alongside the Colorado BBQ Challege on Frisco

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Skiers say they climb, patrollers say they’re not aware as testimony continues in Taft Conlin skier death trial

June 15, 2018 — EAGLE — Skiers testified that they climb up Prima Cornice all of the time and have since it opened in 1985. Vail Resorts ski patrollers say they have no knowledge that skiers do that and say they don’t understand why anyone would. A six-person jury

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Buffalo Mountain Fire evacuation lifted, residents return home as firefighters make progress to contain fire

June 14, 2018 — Residents of the Mesa Cortina and Wildernest neighborhoods came back to homes untouched by fire Thursday afternoon as an evacuation order for the Buffalo Mountain Fire was lifted and replaced with a pre-evacuation notice. As Summit County's first wildfire of the season entered its third

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In Buffalo Mountain Fire, critical decisions saved at least two neighborhoods from destruction

June 13, 2018 — The Buffalo Mountain Fire seems a lot less angry a day after it exploded into the sky Tuesday morning. The fire peaked at 91 acres and forced the evacuation of nearly 1,400 homes, but did not grow at all overnight and did not take lives

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Evacuated Wildernest residents ‘absolutely shocked’ how fast Buffalo Mountain Fire near Silverthorne spread

June 12, 2018 — At 10:40 a.m. Tuesday morning, Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons was telling county commissioners that wildfire conditions had hit a critical stage. He recommended the county enact fire restrictions to ban open fires and fireworks immediately to avoid an imminent catastrophe. As FitzSimons was speaking,

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Summit County raises fire danger to ‘High’ as wildfire season reaches the High Country

June 9, 2018 — Summit County has raised its fire danger to "High" on Saturday as an early summer is drying out the state and exposing all the fuel around us to the elements. While Summit has been relatively lucky when it comes to snowpack this past winter, the

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Texas man guilty in saloon beating; convicted of attempted murder

June 6, 2018 — EAGLE — Pedro Gonzalez savagely beat Dita Richterova. Gonzalez admitted it and security video showed him doing it. A jury spent four hours Wednesday afternoon, June 6, determining that Gonzalez was also guilty of trying to kill her. Along with assault, the jury of eight

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