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 Details about an hours-long hostage incident on Independence Pass show alleged gunman Brolin McConnell, of Colorado Springs, believed he was in a Truman Show-like scenario and that his life was in danger. Twelve accounts from victims and witnesses were collected and made available from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office yesterday.

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Local law enforcement agencies are hoping to simplify the process of getting help to victims of domestic violence. On Tuesday (10/20) Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt police joined the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office in creating the Valley’s first Advocate Initiated Response referral system.

Pedestrians flee as cars collide on Aspen's Main Street

Aug 24, 2015
Patrick Fort

Police say a car accident that happened at one of Aspen’s busiest intersections could have been much worse. 

Just before noon Monday a four-door Audi sedan collided with a full-size pickup truck at the corner of Mill and Main Streets downtown. The truck was attempting to turn left onto Mill when the Audi ran a red light, smashed into the truck and sent it spinning upright. The impact sent the Audi up the curb. It stopped just shy of the entrance to ANB Bank.

Grant Henley was across the street when the crash happened.

  An Aspen retail marijuana shop was robbed on Tuesday. As of that night, the man is still at large. At 12:30pm Tuesday, a twenty something year old man stole marijuana from a store downtown called Stash. Owner Garrett Patrick calculates more than 400 grams were stolen, but declines to say what the value is.

Councilman likely to be charged for trashing jail

Jul 1, 2015
Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

  A Snowmass Town Councilman could end up behind bars again, because he allegedly trashed the Pitkin county jail so badly last week. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Councilman Chris Jacobson was arrested early Friday for allegedly driving drunk. Once in jail, he also allegedly damaged two different rooms. Officials say Jacobson ruined a vanity, ripped equipment off walls, including a stainless steel mirror, sound insulation, plus molding off the floor. Jacobson was put in a restraint chair that he then unbolted from the ground.

City of Aspen hires new parking director

Jun 17, 2015

  After an extensive search, the city of Aspen has hired a new parking director. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

 

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The Aspen Police Department is fully staffed again, after a handful of officers announced earlier this year they were leaving. Four officers are joining the department. Two graduated from the Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy on Friday.

Two of the new officers are already residents of the Roaring Fork Valley - Adriano Minniti and Seth DelGrasso. Josh Uhernik is from out of state. Duxton Milam is from the Front Range. Two of the four bring previous law enforcement experience.

Pitkin County

The radio system used by public safety agencies in the Roaring Fork Valley is encountering problems and Pitkin County is considering a multi-million dollar fix. 

Law enforcement and fire agencies have complained of interference, signal distortion and the inability to communicate with regional and state agencies that use a different system. For example, Pitkin County’s snow plow drivers can’t communicate with the Colorado Department of Transportation. And, the bus system’s radios don’t communicate with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Mountain Edition - April 16, 2015

Apr 16, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition. 

Glenwood Springs swears-in two new city council members.

Pitkin County judges rule on three high profile cases.

Ballots go in the mail to voters for Aspen’s spring election.

As the Aspen chamber of commerce comes under fire for a campaign.

We’ll find out which candidates in the Aspen race have raised the most money so far.

Questions are raised about the main affordable housing program in the Upper Valley.

We hear from a Forest Service District ranger about controlled burns.

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Last year the Aspen Police Department saw its highest number of calls for service in a decade. The department recently released its crime statistics for 2014. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Police Chief Richard Pryor.

To view the full list of crime statistics for 2014, click here.

The teenager whose arrest involved a controversial take down by police was sentenced today to a year of supervised probation.

The charges of underage possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, which the boy pleaded guilty to last month, will be dismissed if the Aspen High School junior stays clean and out of trouble for a year.

Several conditions were attached to the sentencing, including routine testing for alcohol and marijuana, writing a letter of apology to the police officer who arrested him, attending school and possibly counseling.

The Aspen Police Department is experiencing a significant exodus of patrol officers this spring. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has the story.

Your Morning News - February 16th, 2015

Feb 16, 2015

Teen in Court Tomorrow Following Aspen Arrest

An Aspen teenager will appear in court tomorrow to face four charges...including Obstructing a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Underage Possession of Marijuana and Underage Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Police say the boy resisted arrest after an officer allegedly saw him with marijuana at a bus stop near the school campus. He was taken down forcefully by two officers and a civilian. Videos taken by students at the scene show the altercation.

CO Sheriff’s Answer Federal Money Question

A statewide Sheriff's association says it wants to clarify details in a US Department of Justice review. The DOJ released an audit Friday showing a lack of accountability at sheriff’s offices around the state. The federal agency alleges about $700,000 in grant money was misspent on purchases including sweatshirts and taking spouses to dinner.

The grant money was meant for an automated service that tracks criminals in jail and alerts victims of any changes in an offender’s status. Pitkin County does use the service and is following up to see if it has been affected. The county provides its own notifications for victims.

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Four charges were filed today against a 16-year-old Aspen high school student. The charges are Resisting Arrest, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Underage Possession of Marijuana and Underage Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Mountain Edition - February 12th, 2015

Feb 12, 2015

Welcome to Mountain Edition.

Once again, Aspen will play host to the First Lady. Michelle Obama is expected to be in town this weekend.

An Aspen teenager arrested and taken down by police officers gets an attorney. Police suspect the teen had marijuana.

Aspen City Council supports an affordable housing project from a prolific landowner. But, a tree nearly derails the approval.

The new Airport Director in Aspen talks about plans to improve the experience of flying into the Upper Valley.

Elise Thatcher

A video of a student being arrested Friday has gone viral throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Police say the juvenile had marijuana, and resisted arrest.

A video captured by a nearby student went viral over the weekend. It shows two police officers and a citizen taking down the teenager who is screaming. Police stand by how the arrest was handled and want the community to know the use of force by the officer was appropriate. However, there’s growing criticism by members of the community on how Aspen Police handled the situation.

YouTube/Lauren Glendenning

Aspen Police say a routine patrol midday Friday escalated. An officer ended up calling for back-up and arrested a high school aged student. That was after the officer spotted the offender having pot in his possession. The student resisted arrest and a tussle ensued. A video captured by a nearby student went viral over the weekend. It shows two police officers and a citizen taking down the teenager who is screaming. Police stand by how the arrest was handled and want the community to know the use of force by the officer was appropriate.

Aspen Police: Cramped Quarters Present Problems

Aug 6, 2014
Marci Krivonen

The Aspen Police Department is short on space. Authorities say that they’re forced to sort evidence at a lunch table and take statements from distraught victims in a busy hallway. Over the coming years, the department is looking to expand but, they’ll need the public’s support. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The Police Department is in the basement of the Aspen’s courthouse on Main Street. A long, busy hallway is the department’s epicenter with a padlocked vault in the middle of it. Michele McClinton oversees evidence stored there.

Black Bears Make Their Way Back Into Aspen

Jul 29, 2014
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Bears are increasingly being drawn into Aspen this summer as their natural foods up high are late to bloom. Early Sunday a black bear swiped at a woman in a downtown alley. And, the number of bear-related calls to police have spiked in July. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

So far in 2014, the Aspen Police Department has handled 150 calls, from bears digging through garbage to questions about local trash laws. Five callers reported bears breaking into homes. Police Department spokesperson Blair Weyer says so far it’s a moderate year for bear activity.