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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

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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

Summit County sheriffs make pot bust

Matthew Shumsky was arrested for illegal marijuana cultivation.

Illegal grow operation uncovered at a Bemrose Trail residence

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —Sheriff’s officers this week arrested 38-year-old Matthew Shumsky for marijuana cultivation and possession of more than twelve ounces of marijuana, after the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to an anonymous complaint regarding the cultivation of marijuana at 16 Bemrose Trail.

Shumsky was arrested late Monday night and released after posting a $7,500 bond. Continue reading

U.S. Border Patrol detains fugitive Breckenridge attorney Scoop Daniel, wanted on charges of felony theft

Royal "Scoop" Daniel.

Daniel absconded in 2007, allegedly with up to $1 million pilfered from clients’ real estate deals

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A prominent Breckenridge lawyer who disappeared in 2007 has been detained in San Diego after trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico.

The U.S. Border Patrol contacted local law enforcement agencies Wednesday, Dec. 7 to confirm an active arrest warrant for Royal “Scoop” Daniel.

According to a press release from the Breckenridge Police Department, Daniel was taken into custody and is currently being held in the San Diego County Jail. Daniel is awaiting an extradition hearing, which is expected to occur Dec. 8.

Daniel vanished under mysterious circumstances in April 2007, allegedly with up to $1 million that he was managing for clients as part of his role in various real estate deals.

His disappearance was at first treated as a missing-persons case, but after a criminal investigation, a warrant for his arrest was issued on charges of felony theft.

The Breckenridge Police Department has an investigator in San Diego who has confirmed the individual being held is Daniel and is following up on the investigation.

Frisco police officer investigated for alleged assault

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Frisco Police Department are investigating allegations against an off-duty Frisco police officer stemming from a Dec. 2 incident revolving around a reported fight at 1530 Lone Pine Circle.

The allegations have resulted in a third-degree assault summons for 39-year-old Frisco Police officer Daniel Sullivan.

According to the sheriff’s office, a caller reported that Sullivan, off-duty at the time, went to the scene of a reported fight at 1530 Lone Pine Circle.

The caller to Summit County dispatch reported that, following the first contact at 11 p.m., Sullivan returned to the unit about 10 minutes later, when the contact turned confrontational, with Sullivan allegedly pushing one of the residents, causing injury to the resident’s wrist.

“We are working closely with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office on this matter,” said Frisco Police Chief Tom Wickman. “Once we have all the facts, we will determine a course of action.”

Sullivan has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

Third-degree Assault is a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 18 months in jail and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

Summit County: Sheriff reports rash of thefts from cars

Crime wave prompts warning from law enforcement officials

Lock your car at the trailhead and in the parking lot!

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A string of thefts and attempted thefts from unlocked cars in the northern part of the county has prompted the sheriff’s office to once again issue the standard warning: Don’t leave your car unlocked and don’t leave valuable items in plain sight. 

During the past three weeks deputies have responded to fourteen separate reports of thefts and attempted thefts in Wildernest, Dillon Valley, Summit Cove and Keystone. In three of the cases, items were taken from the open beds of pickup trucks.  Continue reading


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