Federal court says NSA’s domestic spying is illegal

Leaked information on NSA surveillance is only the tip of the iceberg. Domestic intelligence gathering operations are much more pervasive than most Americans realize, several U.S. senators say.

Leaked information on NSA surveillance is only the tip of the iceberg. Domestic intelligence gathering operations are much more pervasive than most Americans realize, several U.S. senators say.

Will Congress tackle meaningful reform of Patriot Act?

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Putting domestic surveillance and national security in a historical context, a panel of federal judges this week said the bulk collection of telephone data by U.S. spy agencies is illegal.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals said that Section 215 of the Patriot Act doesn’t authorize the government to gather Americans’ sensitive information on such a massive scale.

The case was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union in June 2013, immediately after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden disclosed the existence of the program. Continue reading

Summit County: USDA grant to help Advocates for Victims of Sexual Assault develop a permanent shelter

Sen. Michael Bennet.

Sen. Michael Bennet.

Local group has been operating safe houses since 1969

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — After years of working in rental properties, Frisco-based Advocates for Victims of Sexual Assault will be able to buy a spot for a permanent emergency shelter with space for 15 to 18 victims at a time.

The organization will benefit from a $508,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development, according to U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), who last month helped secure passage of the federal Violence Against Women Act.

“Organizations like Advocates for Victims of Sexual Assault make our communities safer and stronger by supporting survivors of sexual assault,” Bennet said. “This new permanent emergency shelter will give victims in Summit County a place to find help and begin the healing process.”

“This loan will provide us with a much nicer and larger shelter to better serve the needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault here in Summit County,” said the group’s director, Amy Jackson. “In the past, we’ve had to make do with what we’ve been able to piece together with rental properties. The USDA loan will allow us to purchase our own shelter, which is a huge and exciting endeavor for our organization.” Continue reading

Colorado may repeal the death penalty


A bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado is pending in the State Legislature.

State following national trend

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Following in the footsteps of at least a half-dozen other states, Colorado lawmakers this week will start considering a bill that would repeal the death penalty.

The measure was introduced in the Colorado Legislature this week, and got some immediate support from a group of 30 family members of Colorado murder victims, including Robert Autobee, whose son Eric was a prison guard and killed by an inmate. Continue reading

Breckenridge resident charged in deadly roll-over crash

Ski Hill Road in Breckenridge was the scene of a deadly rollover accident.

Police looking for another passenger of vehicle that involved in Sept. 29 wreck

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Breckenridge resident Maverick James Bain, 24, is being charged with several felony and misdemeanor offenses following a Sept.29 accident on Ski Rill Road that killed one of the passengers in the Jeep Bain was driving.

According to the Breckenridge Police Department, officers responded to the scene of the rollover accident at about 2:14 a.m. Saturday morning, finding a white Jeep turned on its passenger side. Continue reading

Summit County: Court grants NBC request for expanded coverage of upcoming Bruner murder trial

Outside cameras won’t be permitted in courtroom, and judge outlines other restrictions on coverage in July 6 order

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Expanded media coverage will be allowed — but no outside TV cameras will be permitted inside the Summit County courthouse during the upcoming trial of Dale Bruner, following a request for expanded media access by NBC News/Dateline NBC.

In the trial, scheduled to start July 16, Bruner faces second-degree murder, first-degree assault and tampering with evidence charges in  the death of his wife, Stephanie Roller Bruner, whose body was found in the Blue River in November, 2010. Continue reading

Colorado: Summit sheriffs arrest murder suspect

Gregory Scott Gavin has been arrested as a suspect in the murder of Karl Fred Kohler.

Officers say DNA analysis, physical evidence at scene links Gregory Scott Gavin to the brutal beating death of Karl Fred Kohler

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office Thursday arrested Gregory Scott Gavin as a suspect in the murder of Karl Fred Kohler.

Sheriffs Office spokesperson Tracy LeClair said Gavin was arrested near Keystone about four hours after a warrant was issued.

Gavin was also a transient resident of the area who lived in the forest by choice, according to LeClair, who added that the two camps were not in close proximity. It’s not know whether Kohler and Gavin had any previous contact or conflicts, she said.

Kohler, 45, was beaten to death while camped on National Forest Service land near the Burro Trailhead in Breckenridge.

His body was found May 19, triggering a three-week investigation that resulted in this week’s arrest.

Gavin, 50, is currently being held in the Summit County Detention Facility on charges of  second degree murder. His bond has been set at $250,000. Continue reading

Colorado: Plenty of leads, no named suspects in Summit County homicide investigation

Investigators say they’re pursuing numerous leads and analyzing evidence

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Law enforcement officials say they’ve following up on numerous leads to solve the murder of 45-year-old Karl Fred Kohler, whose body was found May 19 near the Burro Trailhead on National Forest land near Breckenridge.

“We are actively pursuing all leads and utilizing all resources at our disposal,” said Summit County Sheriff John Minor. “And while we’re not able to discuss the specific details of the investigation, I want to assure the citizens of Summit County that we are working around the clock to bring this case to a successful close in a timely manner.” Continue reading


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