CRIME & SAFETY
Drowning victim ID’d as Tony Welgos
The victim in Monday’s drowning death on the Roaring Fork River was Tony Welgos, a longtime member of the Aspen community. Pitkin County Coroner Audra Keith confirmed the identity Tuesday evening. An autopsy is scheduled today in the Denver area on Welgos, who was the general manager of City Market before Clark’s Market in Aspen hired him in 1998. Welgos was retired. He was 75.
Roaring Fork fatality comes as flows peak
Rescuers were unable to resuscitate a person they recovered from the Roaring Fork River near the Lazy Glen subdivision on Monday after strong, runoff-fueled currents carried the victim downstream roughly 1 ½ to 2 miles, authorities said. The victim’s name and town of residence were not immediately available. It...
Rivers unforgiving during run-off; second death in 2 weeks on Western Slope
A week after a rafter from Vail died in Glenwood Canyon, the body of longtime Aspen and Snowmass resident Tony Welgos, 73, was found Monday in the Roaring Fork River near Basalt’s Lazy Glen neighborhood. “We got the 911 call of a person in the water with jeans and...
Fractured relations among transients appear to play role in stabbing at Buttermilk park lot
Did a failed romance lead to a stabbing in Aspen’s Buttermilk ski area parking lot?. Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating exactly what happened on Monday night when a 911 call reported an assault. Aspen city police offered assistance. Officers and medics found three men on the western side of the lot. One was bleeding.
Team approach broadens, deepens Pitkin County law enforcement contacts with people at risk
In June, in a move recognizing a change in approach to mental illness, local police officers and other professionals will attend the National Co-Responder Conference to learn how to better serve the most vulnerable members of their communities, with markedly less violent outcomes. “Nationally, an emerging body of evidence suggests...
Authorities talk fire safety ahead of potentially dry summer
Given some recent precipitation, wildfire season is approaching slowly this year, although warmer and drier weather is expected to resume in the coming weeks. For this reason, Aspen authorities are saying now is the time to start practicing fire safety and preparing for the event of a fire. As with...
Semple: Aspen police turning cocaine into coal
The word “flabbergasted” would best describe my reaction to a recent article about the Aspen police buying a fleet of e-bikes with $22,650 in drug money and 84 grams of cocaine found in an abandoned ski locker at the bottom of Aspen Mountain. I’m still trying to fathom...
Valley fire departments ready for swiftwater rescues
Roaring Fork Valley fire chiefs aren’t alarmists but they are sticklers for detail and preparation, so they have their departments prepared for what could be a very active whitewater season. The crews at the Aspen, Roaring Fork and Carbondale fire departments accelerated their swift water rescue training this year...
Accuser wants APD files in investigation
A civil trial for a former priest at St. Mary Catholic accused of sexually abusing an altar boy has been postponed in the wake of the Aspen Police Department’s decision to close its investigation and not pursue criminal charges against the clergyman. Father Michael O’Brien was scheduled to stand...
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