Man leads police on high-speed chase through Grand County |

Man leads police on high-speed chase through Grand County

A 26-year-old Longmont man led Grand County law enforcement on a chase that reached speeds exceeding 100 mph Tuesday morning, police said. No one was hurt during the chase, which lasted longer than 30 minutes and took officers from Fraser to Kremmling. Police clocked suspect Brian Unger's speed at 105 mph at one point. Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson said the chase was abandoned west of Kremmling because it became too dangerous. "At some point you have to think about what you're doing and why you're doing it," Johnson said. Johnson said in a press release that Routt County was notified of the chase at that time. The incident started the morning of May 6 when Boulder Police contacted Grand County Dispatch, stating they believed a person involved in a felony domestic violence incident in Boulder was heading toward Grand County, according to a press release from Fraser/Winter Park Police. Boulder Police also stated the suspect was armed with knives and had been seen drinking antifreeze before fleeing Boulder, according to the 911 dispatch report. Police officers and deputies were parked near Rendezvous Road when Unger passed them in a blue Subaru Impreza traveling at a high rate of speed. Unger refused to stop for law enforcement officers, who were eventually led westbound on U.S. Highway 40 toward Granby. The suspect's vehicle reached speeds of up to 95 mph on Fraser Flats, where he crossed into the opposite lane, forcing other vehicles off of the road. He evaded Stop Sticks at three different locations during the chase. The chase was terminated just outside of Kremmling, and as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Unger's whereabouts were still unknown. Fraser/Winter Park Police and Boulder Police are both seeking warrants for the man's arrest. Fraser/Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor said his department was pursuing charges of vehicular eluding and reckless driving. Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

Toilet-peeping suspect faces more charges

BOULDER (AP) – A Colorado man suspected of hiding in the tank of a portable toilet is also accused of spying on women in bathrooms at several Boulder businesses. Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said Monday that 30-year-old Luke Ivan Chrisco faces four charges of burglary. Police say they found peepholes in businesses where Chrisco is suspected of spying. Vail police arrested Chrisco on June 23 while investigating an unrelated complaint, saying he resembled the man accused of hiding in a toilet at a Boulder yoga festival June 17. He faces charges of unlawful sexual contact and criminal invasion of privacy in that case. Police say Chrisco was being transferred Monday from Vail to Boulder, where his bond was set at $250,000. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Longmont police arrest suspect in Honda thefts

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) – A man suspected of stealing more than 20 Hondas along the Front Range and changing his appearance to elude police has been arrested in Longmont. Twenty-six-year-old Dan Garza faces charges in Boulder, Adams and Jefferson counties of auto theft, eluding and bond violations. He is suspected in a string of thefts of 1990s model Hondas since mid-March and was being held Monday in Boulder County. Longmont police arrested him Sunday after detectives spotted him leaving an apartment building. Adams County sheriff’s deputies had arrested him March 31 after he allegedly wrecked a stolen Honda while fleeing a deputy who tried to pull him over. He was freed in that case after posting $5,000 bond. — Information from: Daily Times-Call,

Drone experts to visit Winter Park on Sept. 23

The University of Colorado Boulder will host a luncheon from 11:30 1 p.m. on Friday, September 23 at Adolfs Event Center & Tavern in Winter Park. The topic of discussion will be unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, and will be hosted by Senator Randy Baumgardner and local elected officials and business leaders in the area. There will be a catered lunch and a one-hour program focused on the applicability of drones in the Winter Park area. The program will include an overview of the CU Boulder AeroSpace Ventures initiative, which brings together CU Boulder researchers and students from across 11 academic units to collaborate with industry leaders and government partners on education, research, and outreach. In addition, Eric Frew, Director for CU Boulder's Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles will share insights on the state of the drone industry, current technology, and the regulatory environment. Frew will also discuss current research projects applicable to the Winter Park community, including search & rescue, agriculture, tourism and nature conservation. A drone demonstration will provide an exciting conclusion to this event. The event is free and open to the public. "The aerospace sector in Colorado is strong, with the state leading the nation in private sector aerospace employment per capita and second overall," said CU Boulder's AeroSpace Ventures director Abby Benson. "CU Boulder is proud to contribute to the state's aerospace ecosystem, from training the next generation workforce to sending missions to Mars to using unmanned aerial systems to help optimize agricultural systems." Drones have been a controversial issue, especially at ski resorts. Many ski resorts adopt their own policies on unmanned aircrafts as the popularity of drones began to ride. According to Winter Park Resort, they prohibit the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by commercial and recreational users and hobbyists, without prior written authorization from Winter Park Resort representatives.

Alan Olson: Obama’s immigration puzzle

Obama’s solution to illegal immigration is apparently to maintain a weak economy. Anyone who tries to actually enforce the law is villified and sued. It’s incredible that he has instructed the federal authorities not to cooperate in any way with Arizona law enforcement. As soon as the key section of SB1070 was approved by the SCOTUS, Obama made it nearly impossible to enforce. When Arizona officers apprehend a violator, the feds aren’t allowed to respond, so the established procedure can’t function. He even set up an 800 number to report improper police procedures, meant only to harass the police with threats and frivolous lawsuits. This severely inhibits the interdiction of drug runners and human traffickers. Obama makes a mockery of the office of president of the United States by his politically motivated disregard of the laws of the country. Other examples are the policy of only prosecuting civil rights cases brought by blacks against whites, his refusal to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act and lawsuits against picture ID voting laws. He’s shown himself to be an arrogant elitist who thinks he can run the country like Richard Daly Sr. ran Chicago. Alan Olson Grand Lake

Our view: A House (district) divided, Part II

Imagine Kremmling being represented in the Colorado Legislature by a lawmaker from suburban Boulder. A new reality TV show? Entertaining, perhaps, but no: It’s the probable outcome of the latest proposal from the Colorado Reapportionment Commission. As incongruous as this may seem, it nevertheless represents a marked improvement compared with the previous proposal, which would have paired Grand County with parts of Larimer County. Let this much be said as well: This Reapportionment Commission deserves credit for being diligent about transparency and involving the public during what is a complicated and thankless process steeped in partisan rancor. Still, as the process has unfolded this year, Grand County has the almost unique distinction of being used to balance populations in Front Range and West Slope districts; thus, the proposed odd pairing with Boulder County bedfellows. Another county being used as a pawn on this political chessboard is Garfield County. And this is where relatively impartial observers – in contrast to those who routinely drink from the Kool-Aid of partisan politics – can’t help but scratch their heads. Garfield County has long been split between east and west to satisfy the “communities of interest” mandate in reapportionment, with the eastern part being paired with other tourism-based communities and the western portion with other resource extraction-based communities. However, this year the commission decided to alter the split. Its latest proposal would move some of eastern Garfield into the western House District 63 along with what was previously the western portion of the House district of which Grand County currently is a part. That isn’t sitting well with some residents of eastern Garfield County, who would greatly prefer to remain aligned as is (not unlike most Grand County residents). Yet it was necessitated primarily by the fact that the commission had to re-balance the population of the new District 63 because it had removed Grand County’s population from the existing district to a Front Range alignment. The commission’s proposals are causing substantive issues both in Grand and Garfield counties – all because the commission moved Grand County away from its current alignment. So much for the dictum: First, do no harm. While a western Boulder County/Grand County alignment is preferable to the Grand/Larimer County disaster, it is only marginally so. Anyone who doesn’t recognize the staggering political chasm and vastly different communities of interests in Colorado delineated by the Continental Divide isn’t paying attention. This year’s reapportionment effort has also provoked debate about the merits of maintaining communities of interest versus creating politically competitive districts. The proposal that pairs Grand with Boulder would create a decidedly partisan district, with 41.25 percent Democrats, 24.65 percent Republicans and 33.13 percent unaffiliated voters. Not only does such a district blithely ignore the prevailing political makeup of Grand County, it creates a sure seat on the Democratic side of the aisle, a seat that would almost certainly be occupied by a representative from Boulder County, given that nearly 50,000 of the approximately 79,000 residents in the district would be in Boulder County, with the remainder split among Grand, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties. As undesirable as that is, an even bigger problem is this district would serve to perpetuate the political paradigm responsible for the destructive debt-ceiling showdown and countless other partisan shenanigans that led to the quagmire in which this country is mired. And, ironically, it does so in a state where unaffiliated voters substantially outnumber those from either party. Antediluvian practices such as party caucuses and closed primaries – which is how Colorado still chooses candidates and establishes party platforms – bestow inordinate power upon the fringe Kool-Aid drinkers from both parties, ignoring the fundamentally centrist tendencies of most Colorado voters. Taking steps to help alter this paradigm is a compelling argument for drawing politically competitive legislative and congressional districts, as well as for strenuously objecting to this latest reapportionment proposal. FACTBOX Commission hearings The public can still present their views at the final Colorado Reapportionment Commission hearing in Denver at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the State Capitol Building, Old Supreme Court Chambers, 200 East Colfax Ave. To be heard Contact the Colorado Reapportionment Commission by email at Letters may be sent to the commission at 200 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80203.

Longmont man faces Russian roulette charge

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) – A Longmont man faces attempted murder charges after police say he played a game of Russian roulette with his ex-girlfriend. Thirty-nine-year-old Garrett Odel Brierly is being held in the Boulder County Jail on a $50,000 bond after police say he pointed a gun at his former girlfriend’s face on Oct. 27. The woman called police, and when officers arrived Brierly said he was playing Russian roulette with her. Brierly said he would point the gun at her forehead, pull the trigger, then point the gun at his own head and pull the trigger. Neither was hurt. Brierly is scheduled to enter a plea Friday in the case. He also faces charges of menacing and reckless endangerment.

JonBenet’s father looking for leads in ’96 slaying

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – The father of JonBenet Ramsey is making a public plea for help in finding his daughter’s killer 13 years after she was found strangled in the basement of her family’s Boulder home. John Ramsey said in a statement Wednesday that he is asking people to share any suspicions they had or recollections of people acting strangely around the time the 6-year-old girl died. JonBenet was found bludgeoned and strangled Dec. 26, 1996. A former prosecutor said Ramsey and his wife, Patsy, were “under an umbrella” of suspicion, but authorities cleared them in 2007. Authorities said new DNA tests pointed to an unknown outsider. Police continue to investigate the case. Patsy Ramsey died from cancer in 2006.

Granby Joan Fitz-Gerald wins top billing at district assembly

In one of the top 10 most expensive races congressional races in the nation, momentum continues to build for former state Sen. Joan Fitz-Gerald, D-Boulder, with a lead at the Colorado Second Congressional District Assembly at Ranum High School in Westminster on May 10. Fitz-Gerald won 60 percent of the delegates, compared to 40 percent for entrepreneur Jared Polis, D-Boulder, to put her at the top of the ballot for the Aug. 12 primary. I am honored by the support, said Fitz-Gerald. The people who showed up have re-energized the Democratic Party, and I am proud to be a part of it. We will not forget the veterans, teachers, doctors who have made this country great. Onward to August 12th. Championing renewable energy and an end to NAFTA and CAFTA as well as No Child Left Behind, Fitz-Gerald pounded pavement on the campaign trail last week with a stop in Grand County. The former Senate majority leader met with East Grand School officials then paid a visit to the Sky-Hi Daily News. From there, her tour plans included Summit, Clear Creek, Boulder, Jefferson, Weld and Adams counties.Her platform consists of crusading for renewable energy initiatives from Colorado to Capitol Hill, health-care reform, education and finding mountain pine beetle solutions, which take someone banging on the door constantly, she said. From her experience on the issue in the state Senate, if elected to the U.S. House, she said, she plans to pursue Federal Emergency Management Agency dollars on behalf of Colorado for mitigation work, as well as legislation to incentivize people to move dead product out. For education, a lack of affordable housing in regions like Grand County needs to be addressed, she said.The starting salary of a teacher does not account for living in a county like Grand.And, she continued, the headwater counties in Colorado need a representative in Washington.The Front Range has enough legislators fighting for their own interests, she said. The heavily Democratic-contested Colorado 2nd Congressional District race includes Fitz-Gerald and Polis contending through the caucus process as well as Larry Johnson, D-Lafayette, and Will Shafroth, D-Boulder, working their ways onto the ballot by petition. Last month, the sole Republican candidate in the race, electronic systems engineer Scott Starin of Lafayette, filed papers to make his candidacy official. The race also includes Unity Party of America candidate Bill Hammons.The 2nd Congressional campaign cost is listed No. 5 out of the most expensive races in the country, with $2.23 million already spent, according to information based on Federal Election Commission data released May 12, posted on the Center for Responsive Politics Web site, has spent greater than $1.3 million with more than $600,000, or 37 percent, of campaign financing out of his own pocket.Fitz-Gerald, who contributed 1 percent or $15,000 to her own campaign, has spent around $562,000, with $574,592 cash on hand.And Shafroth has raised more than $1 million.At the CD2 Assembly, four delegates were secured for presidential candidates Barack Obama and two delegates for Sen. Hillary Clinton. The Colorado Democratic State Assembly and Convention took place May 16 and 17, with the National Convention taking place in Denver Aug. 25-28. The Republican 2nd Congressional District Assembly & Convention will take place May 30 in Westminster, with the Republican National Convention Sept. 1-4 in Minneapolis, Minn. Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

3 found dead at Boulder business

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Two men and a woman were found dead at a Boulder business following reports of gunshots Monday.Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said officers responded to a call at about 11 a.m. and found three bodies inside Boulder Stove & Flooring.Police didn’t think there was a suspect on the loose based on evidence at the scene and the fact that officers arrived quickly and didn’t see anyone leaving the building, Huntley said. Officers went door-to-door in the neighborhood.The Boulder County coroner’s office identified the three as Sean Griffin, 40, Staci Griffin, 41, a couple from neighboring Longmont; and Robert Montgomery, 50.The Daily Camera in Boulder said the business is listed in state records as being owned by Pot Belly Inc., which is registered to Sean Griffin. John Grimsley, a subcontractor who said he did business with the store, said Griffin and his wife, Staci, have owned the business for a couple years.Huntley said Monday night that she couldn’t confirm that the Griffins owned the business. She declined to say what Montgomery’s relationship was to the Griffins.It was too soon to tell if the deaths were murder-suicide, Huntley said.Montgomery lived in rural Boulder County.Autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday.Several witnesses who heard shots being fired inside the business were interviewed at the police department.Huntley said no one else was in the building when the shootings occurred.The business sells and installs fireplaces, stoves, tile, hardwood and other flooring.