The Vail Police Department has seen a surge in the amount of fraudulent ski pass violations since Jan. 1. Twenty-five individuals have received a summons for using or attempting to use another person’s ski pass. As a reminder, using another person’s ski pass can have criminal consequences and potentially bar the unauthorized user from skiing the entire season. Once fraudulent use is identified, suspects are either issued a summons into court and released or arrested, depending on the circumstances. The charge carries a maximum fine of up to $2,650 and 180 days in jail.
On Feb. 9, Vail Police, with assistance from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Trevor Fournier, 23, of Minturn, for felony menacing, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and harassment. This arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation following a Feb. 7 incident that occurred at La Cantina restaurant in Vail. The original altercation began when an unknown offender began threatening a patron of the restaurant.
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At approximately 8:25 p.m. Feb. 7, an unidentified white male walked into the La Cantina restaurant located on the third level of the Vail Transportation Center and began threatening one of the patrons. The victim did not know the suspect and appeared to be targeted randomly. The suspect became increasingly aggressive and twice attempted to assault the victim with chairs, damaging property belonging to La Cantina in the process. The suspect brandished a switchblade style knife and threatened the victim before fleeing on foot.
Updated Feb. 5: The victim in yesterday’s tragic avalanche has been identified by the Eagle County Coroner’s Office as 41-year-old John Kuo from Vail. The cause and manner of death are still under investigation by the Eagle County Coroner’s Office.
From the Eagle County Sheriff's Office: At approximately noon on Feb. 24, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of an avalanche at the East Vail Chutes.The East Vail Chutes are in the backcountry outside of Vail Mountain’s boundaries. Vail Mountain Rescue Group in collaboration with Vail Ski Patrol responded to the scene to assist with the recovery operations. Tragically one skier was trapped in the slide and did not survive the incident.
Effective Feb. 1, Eagle County’s EC Alert service will change how it delivers non-emergency messages. Non-emergency messaging from EC Alert will no longer be sent as text messages; instead, the messaging for announcements such as traffic alerts, area alerts, business alerts and red flag warnings will be sent via email and the Everbridge app.
Officers with the Vail Police Department are reporting an uptick in both short and long-term rental and security deposit scams. Scammers are placing ads online and impersonating actual property owners by including photos of properties via legitimate rental or real estate websites, adding credibility.
During the early afternoon on Jan. 10, the West Vail Liquor Mart reported the theft of two bottles of tequila. According to the reporting party and video surveillance, a female was seen deliberately avoiding the registers as she walked out of the store with the tequila bottles.
On Jan.11, Vail police summonsed and released Bryan Conklin, 52, of Avon, on a single count of third-degree assault. This arrest is the result of an on-going investigation related to a Dec. 23 disturbance in Vail Village. The original altercation began as a result of the victim not wearing a face covering in Vail Village. The incident escalated when the unidentified offender struck the victim in the face before fleeing the scene.
The Vail Police Department is asking for the public’s help to assist in its investigation into the circumstances surrounding an incident in which a pedestrian was injured after being run over by a Town of Vail bus. The crash occurred at approximately 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, just north of the intersection of Vail Valley Drive and Hanson Ranch Road.
At 1:18 a.m. Dec. 30, Vail officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance at Lion’s Ridge Apartment Homes, 1265 N. Frontage Road. When officers arrived, they found a male victim suffering from two, non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. The investigation revealed the shooting stemmed from an argument between the two roommates in their apartment. No other injuries were reported by neighboring tenants. The victim was transported to Vail Health hospital for medical treatment.
At approximately 11:30 a.m. Dec. 23, Vail police officers on patrol near the intersection of Bridge Street and Gore Creek Drive learned that a physical altercation had just occurred nearby. The altercation began as a result of the victim not wearing a face covering in Vail Village. This incident escalated when the unidentified offender struck the victim in the face before fleeing the scene.
If you'll be entertaining a handful of guests in Vail this holiday season, add the Vail Police Department to your holiday checklist. The department is available to help coordinate on-street parking for overflow guests. Remember, Eagle County public health orders limit private gatherings to 10 people from no more than 2 households.
Most Town of Vail municipal offices will be closed for in-person and virtual services on Friday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday and will reopen Monday, Dec. 28. A similar closure will occur the following week during the New Year’s holiday with most offices closed Friday, Jan. 1, and reopening Monday, Jan. 4. Customers of the parking sales office are being reminded to plan ahead and take care of any last-minute parking business in advance of the closures. Please call ahead to confirm other available services at 970-479-2100.
Vail’s emergency order that had limited the size of private gatherings to a single household has ended as of Dec. 15. In allowing the order to sunset, Vail Town Council members said the emergency action had done its job in creating awareness and keeping the number of COVID-19 cases down during the Thanksgiving holiday.