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COUNTY» A po­lice ADAMS dog named Lex came to the aid of a sher­iff’s deputy, the dog’s han­dler, who was at­tacked early Sun­day morn­ing.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened about 1 a.m., when the deputy and Lex re­sponded to a re­port of a “tres­pass in progress” in the 4700 block of West 89th Place, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice.

The deputy jumped a fence in pur­suit of a man and was sep­a­rated from Lex. Be­hind the fence, the sus­pect at­tacked the deputy, punch­ing, bit­ing and stran­gling him.

Lex, ea­ger to help, “un­latched the gate with his paw” and came to the “as­sis­tance of the deputy,” the sher­iff’s of­fice said in a news re­lease.

Lex, a 3-year-old Bel­gian Mali­nois, has served with the sher­iff’s of­fice since Fe­bru­ary 2015.

On Thurs­day, the Adams County district at­tor­ney’s of­fice iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Gabriel Steven Gar­cia, 25, of Lake­wood. Gar­cia is be­ing held at the Adams County jail on sus­pi­cion of mul­ti­ple felonies, in­clud­ing at­tempted first­de­gree mur­der af­ter de­lib­er­a­tion, as­sault by stran­gu­la­tion, as­sault on a peace of­fi­cer and at­tempt­ing to dis­arm a peace of­fi­cer. His bail has been set at $500,000.

Court records de­scribe ex­ten­sive meth ring in­ves­ti­ga­tion.


Court records say mem­bers of a re­cently un­cov­ered drug ring in western Colorado brought in large amounts of metham­phetamine from Ne­vada and Cal­i­for­nia to sell to deal­ers and a Clifton-area store­front.

The Daily Sen­tinel re­ports ef­forts by lo­cal and fed­eral drug in­ves­ti­ga­tors have re­sulted in the re­cov­ery of 25 pounds of meth and 11 ar­rests. The newspaper learned the de­tails of their months-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion through re­cently un­sealed af­fi­davits.

Pop­u­lar camp­ground closes early for ren­o­va­tions.

ASPEN» One of Aspen’s largest and most pop­u­lar camp­grounds will be shut­tered for the sea­son Tues­day.

Dif­fi­cult Camp­ground, 4 miles east of Aspen, must close to ac­com­mo­date ren­o­va­tion of the drink­ing wa­ter sys­tem, the U.S. For­est Ser­vice an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

The camp­ground is usu­ally open into Septem­ber. Reser­va­tions haven’t been ac­cepted for the past six months for any dates past Aug. 15, ac­cord­ing to Mike Ke­nealy, recre­ation special uses co­or­di­na­tor for the Aspen-So­pris Ranger District.

New dam con­struc­tion to close state park fa­cil­i­ties.

Syl­van Lake State Park has an issue to ad­dress be­fore it be­comes a big dam prob­lem. The 1940s-era dam at the pop­u­lar recre­ation lo­ca­tion is sched­uled for re­place­ment next year. That means the lake will be drained and camp­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties will be cur­tailed.

Michael Wall, su­per­vi­sor at the state park, pre­sented the clo­sure in­for­ma­tion to the Ea­gle Town Board this week. Wall noted there is no im­mi­nent dan­ger as­so­ci­ated with the cur­rent dam. But be­cause it was built nearly 70 years ago, it does not meet to­day’s safety stan­dards. The plan calls for a new struc­ture that meets the cur­rent stan­dards, and that can pre­vent fu­ture fail­ures by ar­mor­ing it against the pos­si­bil­ity of a large flood.

Wall said the con­struc­tion will also bring a new amenity to the park: “We are go­ing to have a re­ally cool foot traf­fic bridge.”

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