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Juan Carlos Rosales Fernandez was charged with  sexual assault on a child, a class four felony charge, and unlawful sexual contact, a class one misdemeanor, last week in Lake County District Court. 

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The following individuals are listed with decisions related to charges against them by the Lake County Office of the District Attorney for the 5th Judicial District. F=felony; M=misdemeanor; PO=petty offense; TI=traffic infraction (classes A and B); level 1 is the most serious offense. Any c…

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Ballots have been mailed for Colorado’s primary election on June 30. The Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will receive ballots via in-person voting, mail and a drop box set up outside of the county courthouse.

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Sally Glaser appeared in Lake County District Court last Thursday for a motions hearing in which she waived her right to a speedy trial and received tentative trial dates for the end of the year.

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Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out an early morning search for a Lake County resident in Mountain View Village mobile home park last Thursday.

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Leadville City Council approved a contract for the Leadville Police Department to acquire three new police cruisers through a five year lease-purchase agreement with Ford.

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The Justice Center Task Force announced last week that a parcel within the Railyard development is the second site under consideration for construction of a new justice facility.

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Lake County public officials, law enforcement and local organizations are grappling with the need to enforce shifting public health orders issued by the state and adhered to by the county, though they are unsure how enforcement can be carried out effectively.

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Colorado State Patrol, Otero County Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement agents are investigating reports of a man stopping drivers and asking for documentation about their authority to drive to their place of employment and asking why they are violating the statewide stay-at-home order.

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Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown’s office has reported that Shawn Brecka, 50, of Ft. Collins, was sentenced Feb. 18th after her Jan. 7th guilty plea to a class-three drug felony involving the overdose death of Gregory Ulmen, 32, of Leadville. First responders went to Mr. Ulmen’s …

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Maria Day of Leadville was found guilty late Thursday of second-degree murder, leaving the scene of an accident causing death, vehicular homicide, and careless driving causing the death of John Alexander Martinez.

On the afternoon of July 8, 2015, Day struck Martinez, her then-boyfriend, multiple times with her vehicle. Martinez died later that day as a result of his injuries.

After hitting Martinez, Day allegedly waited for about 30 minutes before calling the police to report that she had hit “this guy.” Day only later specified that it was her boyfriend.

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Leadville Racing coach Bruce Kelly was recently acquitted of a harassment charge in Lake County District Court, following an August incident at Rockies Rock Adventure Camp.

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Cody Reynolds, 27, appeared in Lake County District Court Jan. 2 before Judge Catherine Cheroutes and was sentenced to 13 years in the Department of Corrections. Reynolds had pled guilty in December to assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony, and assault on a peace officer, a sec…

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Following an appearance before a grand jury in December, both Shannon Kent and his wife, Staci Kent, are facing charges of perjury in the first degree.

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Colorado’s red-flag law went into effect on Jan. 1 despite vocal opposition from law enforcement officers across the state, including Lake County Sheriff Amy Reyes. Colorado is the eighteenth state to adopt red-flag legislation.

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Former Center Early Childhood Programs teacher Sally Glaser will head to trial in July. Glaser was arrested last spring for the alleged sexual assault of a four-year old Center student.

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After a full three-month closure, mandated by COVID-19 circumstances, the Lake County Aquatic Center reopened on Monday, June 15 at 6 a.m. to a handful of happy lap swimmers.

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Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) issued an amended local Public Health Order (PHO) on May 26. This amended local PHO will allow for phased re-opening of retail food establishments in Lake County, to include on-site and dine-in service options beginning Wednesday, May 27. Retail food …

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The Lake County Tourism Panel is inviting local retail shops to add their listings to a soon-to-be-created “shopping section” on LeadvilleTwinLakes.com. This new section is intended to support area shops during COVID-19 and beyond by providing an additional avenue to promote online sales.

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The Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation (LLCEDC) announced earlier this week that Marla Akridge of Clifton Forge, Virginia has accepted the position of executive director effective July 13. Akridge brings 15 years of experience in rural economic development to her position…

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The Herald Democrat’s editorial and advertising staff members received three awards earlier this month in the Colorado Press Association’s 2019 Better Newspaper Contest.

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On Monday, May 11, the Summit Stage began increasing service levels on its spring 2020 limited public transit service along three fixed travel corridors within Summit County; the bus service also initiated limited service on its Leadville and Fairplay commuter routes. Summit Stage bus fares …

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As restaurants remain closed to the public, takeout and delivery food orders are an important source of revenue for Lake County’s restaurant owners, chefs and servers. Leadville Main Street’s “Takeout Takeover Fridays” campaign encourages locals to buy takeout to support such establishments,…

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Roots Rx Recreational dispensaries are currently donating 5% of all edible sales to the local food banks serving the Colorado mountain communities of Aspen, Basalt, Eagle-­Vail, Edwards, Gunnison and Leadville. Additionally, five edible brands sold at the dispensaries, including Cheeba Chews…

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Lake County public officials, law enforcement and local organizations are grappling with the need to enforce shifting public health orders issued by the state and adhered to by the county, though they are unsure how enforcement can be carried out effectively.

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Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown’s office has reported that Shawn Brecka, 50, of Ft. Collins, was sentenced Feb. 18th after her Jan. 7th guilty plea to a class-three drug felony involving the overdose death of Gregory Ulmen, 32, of Leadville. First responders went to Mr. Ulmen’s …

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Maria Day of Leadville was found guilty late Thursday of second-degree murder, leaving the scene of an accident causing death, vehicular homicide, and careless driving causing the death of John Alexander Martinez.

On the afternoon of July 8, 2015, Day struck Martinez, her then-boyfriend, multiple times with her vehicle. Martinez died later that day as a result of his injuries.

After hitting Martinez, Day allegedly waited for about 30 minutes before calling the police to report that she had hit “this guy.” Day only later specified that it was her boyfriend.

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Leadville Racing coach Bruce Kelly was recently acquitted of a harassment charge in Lake County District Court, following an August incident at Rockies Rock Adventure Camp.

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Cody Reynolds, 27, appeared in Lake County District Court Jan. 2 before Judge Catherine Cheroutes and was sentenced to 13 years in the Department of Corrections. Reynolds had pled guilty in December to assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony, and assault on a peace officer, a sec…

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Colorado’s red-flag law went into effect on Jan. 1 despite vocal opposition from law enforcement officers across the state, including Lake County Sheriff Amy Reyes. Colorado is the eighteenth state to adopt red-flag legislation.

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For Karen Onderdonk, completing her Bachelor of Applied Science in leadership and management at CMC Leadville was a natural extension of her position at St. Vincent Hospital. As chief branding officer at the hospital, she’s a member of the senior leadership team, involved in community outrea…

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Wendy Wyman has been the superintendent of Lake County School District for the last eight years, but is preparing to step down this summer. As of July, Wyman will be superseded by Bethany Massey, who was selected to fill the role this spring. As Wyman enters the last month of her time as sup…

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In the Herald’s May 28 coverage of Lake County High School graduation, the newspaper incorrectly spelled Tayler Raye Galloway’s name. Tayler is the correct spelling.

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A motorcade, a socially distanced ceremony and remote addresses delivered by video marked the graduation of the Lake County High School Class of 2020 last weekend.

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My name is Dominika Piech and it is with pride and honor that I represent the Class of 2020 of Lake County High School. First and foremost, I would like to thank the faculty, coaches, and staff, as well as the parents and guardians of us graduating students. You have all made sacrifices and …

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The Lake County High School graduating class was awarded a variety of scholarships this year. In lieu of Class Day, the following seniors’ accomplishments will broadcast during a slideshow in the high school’s virtual graduation ceremony next weekend.

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Dominika Piech, a graduating senior at Lake County High School (LCHS), is the valedictorian of the class of 2020. In anticipation of students graduating over Memorial Day weekend, the Herald reached out to Piech to ask a few questions about her time at LCHS, what graduating amidst a pandemic…

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Colorado Mountain College hosted a remote commencement ceremony for each of its campuses last weekend. The celebrations included a combination of pre-recorded addresses, student profiles and materials sent to graduating students before the ceremonies took place.

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The Board of County Commissioners has yet to decide whether Lake County Government will join the majority of Colorado counties as a “second-amendment sanctuary.” Sheriff Amy Reyes supports the idea and opposes House Bill 1177, colloquially known as the “Red-Flag Law.”

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The following individuals are listed with decisions related to charges against them by the Lake County Office of the District Attorney for the 5th Judicial District. F=felony; M=misdemeanor; PO=petty offense; TI=traffic infraction (classes A and B); level 1 is the most serious offense. Any c…

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A formal mediation process is underway between the Board of County Commissioners and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The mediation is an attempt to rebuild the BOCC and LCSO’s relationship, which deteriorated throughout 2019 largely due to IT concerns.

In September, Sheriff Amy Reyes accused the BOCC of improperly accessing the email inboxes of former dispatchers Nicole Garner, Maria Chavez and Chelsa Parsons. The women are currently suing the BOCC and LCSO for unlawful sex discrimination.

The BOCC denied all of Reyes’ claims.

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The Leadville Police Department wants everyone to be able to enjoy their time out and get home safely. We have put together a few safety tips to help remind everyone to be alert and keep each other safe.

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United States District Judge William Martinez has denied the Board of County Commissioners’ motion to dismiss Nicole Garner’s, Maria Chavez’ and Chelsa Parsons’ civil lawsuit against Lake County Government.

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The following individuals are listed with decisions related to charges against them by the Lake County Office of the District Attorney for the 5th Judicial District. F=felony; M=misdemeanor; PO=petty offense; TI=traffic infraction (classes A and B); level 1 is the most serious offense. Any c…

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Thanks to the leadership of the Advocates of Lake County, local partners are kick-starting a domestic-violence response team (DVRT) this month. The group will evaluate domestic-violence cases, victim needs, prevention efforts and more.

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Police Chief Saige Bertolas remains essentially silent about three resignations from the Leadville Police Department in recent weeks.

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The Leadville Police Department has a new set of rifle-rated body armor thanks to Shield 616 and Safeway Inc. Shield 616 is a non-profit based in Colorado Springs that provides body armor for all-day rifle protection for peace officers and first responders free of charge.

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Lake County Coroner Shannon Kent was indicted by a Fifth Judicial District Grand Jury on Friday for allegedly sending his wife, Staci Kent, to respond to coroner call-outs. Shannon Kent is charged with one count of second-degree official misconduct.

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Leadville local Dylan Gregg was sentenced to nine years in the Department of Corrections on Friday afternoon. Gregg pled guilty to second-degree assault in May, the result of a 2018 officer-involved shooting incident with Leadville Police Officer Eric Thorne.

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Leadville local Maria Day is now facing trial in Clear Creek County. The trial, which was set to take place in Lake County District Court last week, was declared a mistrial after the court ran out of potential jurors.

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Former Center Early Childhood Programs teacher Sally Glaser is headed to trial.

Glaser was arrested on April 1 for the alleged sexual assault of a four-year-old Center student. Glaser faced four charges at that time: sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, sexual assault on a child, unlawful sexual contact, and child abuse.

Shortly after Glaser’s arrest, the Leadville Police Department re-opened a 2012 case involving Glaser and a former preschool student in which no charges were filed.

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Joel Cage resigned from the Leadville Police Department earlier this month following his July 4 arrest by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO). Cage was arrested for allegedly attempting to break into his ex-wife’s house and faces charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal t…

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T. J. Reynolds on Friday, July 26, plead guilty to second degree assault, criminal mischief and driving under the influence. Reynolds’ plea came over a year after he was arrested alongside his older brother, Cody Reynolds, for his involvement in a shooting incident off Colo. 91 with Darrell …

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Juan Carlos Rosales Fernandez was charged with  sexual assault on a child, a class four felony charge, and unlawful sexual contact, a class one misdemeanor, last week in Lake County District Court. 

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The Justice Center Task Force, a coalition of county officials, Lake County and Leadville law enforcement and judicial entities, is moving forward with plans to build a new justice center for the county.

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Information technology (IT) troubles persist at the Lake County Courthouse, nearly five months after Sheriff Amy Reyes first accused the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) of improperly accessing her office’s emails.

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Senator Michael Bennet visited Leadville Saturday for a town hall meeting, the fourth in a series of similar stops across the state marking his return to Colorado after his run for president. He had previously attended town hall meetings in Grand Junction, Rangely, Meeker, and Craig.

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Census takers will soon be in Lake County. It is a constitutional and legislative requirement to count the U.S. population every 10 years. Census efforts began Jan. 16 and will continue through March 30.

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Keeping up with replacement and maintenance of aging infrastructure continues to be the largest expense item for most water and wastewater utilities across the country. As the oldest municipal water system in Colorado, the Parkville Water District system is the poster child of aging infrastr…

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After several hours of testimony and discussion on the latest iteration of the AngelView Subdivision, the Lake County Planning Commission came to no decision and decided to reconvene the public hearing on Feb. 24.

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The Board of County Commissioners adopted Lake County’s 2020 budget last week with a 38.192 mill levy, the same as 2019. The budget document is the result of a year of strategic planning work, including training sessions and meetings with department heads and elected officials.