The Vail Town Council will take action to rescind its mandatory outdoor mask mandate zone in Vail Village and Lionshead at its April 20 evening meeting. Emergency Ordinanance No. 6 is listed as action item 5.5 on the virtual agenda which begins at 6 p.m. and will become effective immediately upon approval.
Officers from the Vail Police Department are inviting community members to join them for coffee and conversation between 9 and 11 a.m. Friday, April 16 at Yeti’s Grind in Solaris Plaza, located at 141 E. Meadow Dr. in Vail. The “Coffee with a Cop” sessions are a continuation of the department’s community policing efforts aimed at improving relationships between police officers and community members and to provide additional opportunities for community conversations.
Local law enforcement agencies, including the Vail Police Department, will be participating in the 20th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 24.
The Vail Police Department, Gypsum Fire Protection District and Eagle County Sheriff’s Office are connecting first responders to FirstNet® – the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community. With this tech advancement, first responders are equipped with new capabilities and reliable access to critical information while in the field. That allows agencies to better serve those who live, work and visit the Eagle Valley.
The Vail Police Department is investigating a theft that occurred at the Roxy store in Vail Village. At approximately 4:15 p.m. on March 6, an unidentified female removed several items from the store without paying. The female is seen on store surveillance video placing jewelry and a pair of sunglasses into a bag she is holding and subsequently leaves the store without paying for the items.
Building on the success of temporary adaptations made to keep businesses thriving during the pandemic, the Vail Town Council will consider first reading of two ordinances at its April 6 meeting that would provide additional allowances for outdoor alcohol consumption year-round and enhance outdoor entertainment. The ordinances are scheduled as action items on the virtual evening meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
During the early morning hours of April 1, two suspects stole several catalytic converters from vehicles parked at Vail Mountain School, located at 3000 Booth Falls Road in East Vail. Surveillance cameras captured the suspects and the vehicle they used during the thefts. The vehicle was recovered abandoned in Dillon later in the morning, but the suspects have not been located. If you have any information regarding the individuals or vehicle in the surveillance images, please contact Vail Police.
Update: An arrest has been made in the transit assault investigation. At approximately 3:18 p.m. March 27, the Vail Police Department responded to the area of Bighorn Park, 4825 Meadow Dr. in East Vail, for a report of a disturbance. A witness indicated that a male party had choked another passenger on a Town of Vail bus. The passenger was able to get away safely.
At 5:43 a.m. on March 29, the Vail Police Department received a 911 call about a suicidal person. A description of the subject and his vehicle was provided to officers and a search was initiated. The vehicle was located at 7:11 a.m. on I-70 at mile marker 187 on Vail Pass parked on the shoulder of the westbound lanes, approximately 5 miles east of Vail.
On March 10, a male party was observed driving a white panel van into the West Vail Shell gas station at approximately 10:56 p.m. The van pulled up to the gas pump colliding with the rear of an Audi fueling at the gas pumps resulting in damage.
On March 10, Robin J. Clifton, 61, of Denver, pleaded guilty to numerous counts of theft, criminal mischief and other charges in Eagle County District Court. Clifton was sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections as part of a negotiated plea with the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
The Vail Town Council will review the pros and cons of closing the Booth Lake trailhead parking lot for a trial period this summer to help reduce the impacts of overcrowding. The discussion will take place at the Tuesday, March 16 evening Town Council meeting with opportunities for public comment. The action item is listed as 7.1 on the virtual meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m.
The Town of Vail anticipates another bustling weekend with spring skiers and riders drawn by forecasted snowfall. With the high demand, visitors and transit users are urged to be patient when using the Town of Vail bus system. Social distancing, rider caps, and mask wearing are mandated by the state to align with public health protocols. Riding during off-peak times or finding alternative methods of transportation are encouraged.
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.