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MAN WANTED FOR MURDER
Leadville Police have identified a suspect that’s wanted for murder. 29-year-old Matthew James Haley, is accused of stabbing Jordan Gausman during an argument at a Leadville Bar. Police say Haley is considered to be armed and dangerous. Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Leadville Police Department at (719) 486-1365.
FRISCO TOWN COUNCIL UPDATE
During the Tuesday, April 26 Frisco Town Council meeting, Councilman Larry Sawyer declined to accept the 4 year term to which he was elected during the April 5, 2016 election, citing significant and worsening health issues. Councilman Sawyer served on the Frisco Town Council for 8 years and was an integral part of many projects including Step Up Main Street. Once Councilman Sawyer stepped down from his position on Frisco’s Town Council, 2 new Town Council members were sworn in, Jessica Burley and Deborah Shaner, along with incumbent mayor, Gary Wilkinson. This newly seated Town Council was then charged with discussing and voting on a process for filling the vacancy left by Councilman Sawyer. As per Town charter, Frisco Town Council had 2 options: hold a special election at a cost of approximately $11,000 or appoint someone to fill the vacancy left by Councilman Sawyer. The newly seated Town Council voted 5-0 to appoint the next highest vote getter from the recent election, which occurred on April 5, 2016. Consequently, Rick Ihnken, a captain with the West Metro Fire Rescue, a part-time ski patroller at Arapahoe Basin and a former Flight for Life flight paramedic, was appointed to fill the vacancy. Mr. Ihnken will serve for 2 years as per the Town charter and then this seat will be up for election during the next regularly scheduled election in April 2018. (Image and Press Release courtesy of friscogov.com)
SHERIFF MINOR NOW SERVING IN SILVERTHORNE
After serving as Summit County Sheriff for 12 years, Sheriff John Minor has accepted a new position as Chief of Police for the town of Silverthorne. Sheriff Minor was chosen out of 102 applicants. “This was one of those rare opportunities that you have in life to return to a place that you deeply care about; I can’t express in words how excited I am to be appointed as the Town of Silverthorne’s next Chief of Police,” stated John Minor. Due to term limits, Minor's position as county Sheriff would have expired in 2019 and decided to take advantage of the opportunity. He will take over his new position effective May 31.
ASPEN MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY
31-year-old Thomas Proesel, who threw a snowboarder off a chairlift at last January, was charged and arrested Thursday April 20 before appearing in District Court in Aspen. Proesel shoved snowboarder Seth Beckton off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands January 27. According to court documents, Beckton fell 20-25 feet into fresh snow and was not injured. Proesel has been charged with felony assault and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Proesel is reportedly suffering from a serious mental illness and has spent the last three weeks at a psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction.
STEP UP MAIN STREET UPDATE
Phase 4 is the final phase of construction for the town of Frisco's “Step Up Main Street” project. Construction will occur on Main Street from 2nd Avenue to 4th Avenue. Road work is planned to start on April 4 with final completion set for June 30. The project’s timeline and progress will depend on weather conditions. The project will improve infrastructure and create a more welcoming and useable Main Street. Components of the project include adding additional street benches, updating street lighting, expanding the north side sidewalk by two feet and updating the paver design. The project will also improve drainage, as well as improve safety and functionality. Parking along Main Street will remain in its current configuration, and will result in no net loss of parking. Summer seasonal placement of flower planter boxes and hanging flower baskets are planned to continue as in past years. For more information regarding the project - you can visit the website www.friscogov.com.
SHERIFF FIGHTS OFF INTRUDER
On March 25th at approximately 4:10 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office responded to an intoxicated male attempting to enter a home in Summit Cove. While en route the deputies were informed that the reporting party was Summit County Sheriff John Minor. Graham Robert Goodwin made several attempts to enter Sheriff Minor’s home, repeatedly ringing his door bell. Even after the Sheriff gave many verbal warnings for the male to leave his property he continued his attempt to enter Sheriff Minor’s home. Goodwin was visibly intoxicated as well as disoriented and although he was given fair warning Goodwin eventually jumped the fence at Sheriff Minor’s home, gaining access to his back yard. The Sherifflocated Goodwin by the south corner of his house where the suspect, according to the Sheriff’s statement, lunged at him and tried to grab him. Sheriff Minor grabbed Goodwin, pushed him up against his house and punched him. The Sheriff took Goodwin to the ground with an arm bar and placed him in handcuffs. Goodwin was booked at the Summit County Sheriff’s Office for Second Degree Criminal Trespass for entering and remaining on the property of another that is fenced in to exclude intruders.