Tag: Summit County Sheriff

Summit County sheriff warns of high water dangers

Avoid flooded areas during spring runoff

High country creeks can be deceptively powerful during runoff season.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Local emergency workers watching rising water levels throughout the county, and urging residents and visitors to be especially cautious in and around Summit County waterways.

“In spring, creeks and streams can be particularly dangerous as flows are often higher and faster than they are during the summer months and the water temperature is just above freezing,” said county emergency manager Joel Cochran.

When taking part in outdoor activities on or near the water this spring, Cochran said people should be cautious of elevated flows in rivers causing fast currents. Playing along the shore of fast moving water is especially dangerous for children and pets, as they can easily slip on wet, muddy banks and be swept away by fast-flowing icy water. Continue reading “Summit County sheriff warns of high water dangers”

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All Colorado felony suspects to be swabbed for DNA

DNA sampling will be a standard part of felony arrests in Colorado starting Oct. 1.

New state law mandates collection of DNA samples

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado law enforcement officials will start swabbing every felony suspect for DNA samples under a new state law that took effect. Oct. 1.

Law enforcement officials hope the DNA sampling  will help prevent  violent crime and assist in solving a number of unsolved crimes in the state. DNA analysis has also been used numerous times in the exoneration of innocent individuals charged with or convicted of crimes.

The law mandates that the “arresting law enforcement agency shall collect the biological substance sample from the arrested person as part of the booking process.” Continue reading “All Colorado felony suspects to be swabbed for DNA”

Summit County Sheriff reports rash of break-ins at trailheads

The Summit County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in finding and apprehending thieves responsible for a rash of recent auto break-ins at trailheads and homes.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Petty burglars are on the prowl in Summit County, breaking into cars at trailheads and residences.

Tracy LeClair, with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, said there have been a total of seven reported break-ins just in the past week. Two of them were at the popular Dickie’s day use trailhead parking area between Frisco and Breckenridge along Highway 9.

In all, there have been 18 vehicle break-ins and 3 stolen cars in the last 45 days, according to LeClair.

LeClair said it’s a common problem at the ski resort parking lots in the winter, but that the recent series of thefts was enough to cause the Sheriff’s Office to remind residents and visitors to keep their car doors locked, whether at home or at a trailhead, and to observe other common sense rules.

Don’t leave anything of value in clear sight (or even where you consider hidden) inside your car.  If you absolutely need to leave something of value in your vehicle, lock the items in your trunk.

Almost all of the vehicles were unlocked, but in a couple of cases the burglars broke a window to get into the car Items stolen from the vehicles include: purses and wallets, credit cards, iPods and other small valuables.

The Sheriff’s Office is also asking citizens to report suspicious behavior.The Sheriff’s Office is actively working these and other cases, and anyone with information that may help in an investigation is urged to contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 453-2232. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-453-STOP.  Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000.00 reward to a tipster whose information helps solve a crime.