The Vail Police Department has been notified that Ronald James Braden, 55, died by suicide today (11-21) in Arizona as law enforcement officers were attempting to contact him. Braden had been a fugitive since Nov. 13 after he cut off his court ordered GPS monitoring device.
Area law enforcement agencies are asking for the public’s help in locating a fugitive. On Friday, Nov. 13, Ronald James Braden, 55, cut off his court ordered GPS monitoring device to evade law enforcement. Twenty-four-hour GPS monitoring had been ordered by the court as a condition of Braden’s release on bond from the Eagle County Detention Facility on Aug. 27 following his arrest on July 4.
Over the last 18 years, Eagle County Law Enforcement agencies have hosted the annual Shop with a Cop event. This event allows local elementary school children to be paired with a law enforcement officer to shop for holiday gifts for themselves and family members. Because of COVID-19, the 2020 event has adapted its format to comply with social distancing requirements.
The Vail Police Department is seeking help from the public in investigating a shoplifting case. The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. Nov. 7 at the KidSport retail store located at 122 E. Meadow Drive in Vail Village.
Beginning on Oct.17, there have been 14 reported vehicle thefts and attempted vehicle thefts across Eagle County. In most cases, the ignition columns of the vehicles have been tampered with to start the vehicle without the key.
Catholic Charities and the Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigrant Alliance are sponsoring their 10th Annual Fall Coat Drive. Over the last several years, this coat drive has distributed over 4,000 coats to local kids and families in need. This year, the coat drive was held for kids’ coats and outer winter gear only. Families in need of kids’ coats can come to the Youth Closet by appointment beginning Nov. 9. Call Catholic Charities at 970-949-0405 to set up a time.
The Code Enforcement Team from the Vail Police Department will be greeting motorists in the East Vail neighborhood for a second time this fall to help distribute vehicle access placards issued by the Police Department. This effort will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the entrance to the Bighorn park ‘n ride. The free placards help improve access to East Vail neighborhoods during I-70 closures and are available for free to all requesting households. 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.
The Town of Vail is proud to announce that Police Chief Dwight Henninger has been sworn-in to the Executive Board of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in the role of first vice president during a virtual ceremony Oct. 23. Henninger will become president in September 2021.
The Vail Police Department is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, Oct. 24. The collection takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vail Municipal Building, 75 S. Frontage Road. This is an opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets of all unwanted, expired or unused medications and have them disposed of safely. Getting rid of unused medications helps prevent accidental and intentional misuse of these items while safe disposal protects water sources by keeping drugs out of wastewater and the landfill. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The 7th Annual Eagle County Public Safety Awards will be held on Oct. 29 at Donovan Pavilion for award winners and their families, followed by a virtual celebration for all citizens from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Initiated by the Rotary Clubs of Eagle County after 9/11 to recognize area public safety heroes, this event will recognize outstanding emergency responders, medical professionals and community leaders. This year is especially meaningful due to the extra demands and risk of COVID-19 and the life-threatening wildfires.
Catholic Charities and the Eagle County Law Enforcement Immigrant Alliance are sponsoring their 10th Annual Fall Coat Drive. Over the last several years, this coat drive has distributed over 4,000 coats to local kids and families in need. This year, the coat drive will be for kids’ coats and outer winter gear only. Coats are being collected from Oct. 12-30.
Transportation providers doing business in Vail are reminded that a permit is required to provide passenger service within the town. The permit system was established in 2012 to help regulate the town’s management of shuttles, limousines, taxis, buses and other transportation services, including Uber and Lyft.
The Vail Police Department and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are reminding residents to be mindful of increased bear activity and to take measures to eliminate easy food sources so bears can co-exist with humans. Bear activity is now on the rise as bears have begun their pre-hibernation feeding frenzy during which excessive eating and drinking pushes bears to eat upwards of 15,000 to 20,000 calories a day.
In honor of the 28th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Vail Police officers will pay respect to the survivors and victims of this terrible disease. Uniformed personnel will wear pink badges and pink undershirts as a sign of solidarity for anyone struggling with this disease.
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.