Vail Public Safety Communications Center Dispatcher Fernando Almanza has been selected as one of the International Association of Chiefs of Police prestigious “40 under 40” awards. The award will be presented to Almanza during the IACP’s virtual international conference in October.
In preparation for the likelihood of winter road closures on Interstate 70, the Code Enforcement Team from the Vail Police Department will be greeting motorists in the East Vail neighborhood on Thursday, Sept.10 to help distribute vehicle access placards issued by the Police Department. The free placards help improve access to East Vail neighborhoods during I-70 closures and are available for free to all requesting households. The distribution will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the entrance to the Bighorn park ‘n ride at the East Vail interchange. The bright yellow placards are also available from the Vail Police front counter, located at 75 S. Frontage Road, during regular office hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Over the past several weeks, graffiti has been found in several locations throughout Vail. After reviewing surveillance video where the graffiti was discovered, two males were identified as possible witnesses. These males were seen in the area and may be able to provide details on the suspects.
Police Chief Dwight Henninger and Fire Chief Mark Novak are hosting a timely conversation around Vail’s Emergency Evacuation Plan, reasons the town may need to be evacuated and how to personally prepare for an evacuation as well as address community concerns and questions.
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The Colorado Department of Transportation is announcing a limited reopening of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon effective Monday, Aug. 24. CDOT asks that motorists prepare for reduced speeds, no stopping in the canyon and closures due to mudslides and other events. CDOT also urges travelers to stay focused on the road and avoid distracted driving. The I-70 closure began Monday, Aug. 10, when the Grizzly Creek Fire started burning along the interstate. The closure was located between Glenwood Springs (Mile Point 116) and Gypsum (MP 140). Wildfires in other parts of Colorado continue to affect Colorado Highways 14 and 139.
At approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, Vail officers were dispatched to a report of an armed party at Buffehr Creek Park, located at 1953 N. Frontage Road. Once the officers arrived on scene, a male party was observed with a stab wound to his right-side torso. The victim was taken to Vail Health to receive medical treatment for the injuries, which were not life-threatening.
Over the past several weeks, several residential burglaries have been reported to the Vail Police Department. The offenses are similar and seem to be committed by the same offender(s). In each case, an unoccupied residence is entered, things are moved but nothing is taken. It appears the offender(s) is staying at the location, helping themselves to food and leaving when discovered.
Vail's police and fire chiefs discuss the importance of planning ahead for an evacuation, especially during this hot and dry summer. Don't wait for a pre-evacuation order, as there may not be time.
The Vail Town Council will review a proposal for a countywide animal control code during its Tuesday, Aug. 4, meeting. The discussion is listed as 3.2 on the virtual afternoon meeting agenda which begins at 2:30 p.m.
The Vail Police Department and Vail Fire and Emergency Services have added an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), more commonly known as a drone, as a new public safety tool.
In the early morning hours of July 9, several high-end bicycles and a vehicle were stolen from the Red Sandstone, West Vail and Vail Village areas. Security video from several of the incidents show three male parties, who may have information on these crimes, traveling in what is believed to be a gray 2007-2010 Toyota Highlander. A second related vehicle appears to be an older model black Toyota 4 Runner with a roof rack, bike rack and cargo box.
On July 4, Ron Braden, 54, the former Information Technology director for the Town of Vail, was arrested and charged with multiple crimes including violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, embezzlement of public property, theft, official misconduct, forgery and assault on a peace officer. These charges resulted from an 18-month investigation in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Vail Town Council will discuss its preferences regarding use of e-bikes on Vail Pass and bicycle dismount zones in the village pedestrian areas at its afternoon meeting on Tuesday, July 7. The discussions are listed as 3.4 and 3.5, respectively, on the meeting agenda which begins at 1 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with social distancing protocols in place. The meeting will be live streamed at www.highfivemedia.org/live-five.
The Town of Vail is hosting a public meeting from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 at Donovan Pavilion to discuss recommended changes to loading and delivery regulations in Vail Village. Business owners, delivery companies, residents and anyone else impacted by the loading and delivery policies are encouraged to attend the discussion. All social distancing guidelines will be in place for those attending in person. For those unable to attend, please email comments to Police Cmdr. Ryan Kenney at firstname.lastname@example.org.