Latest News – July 14

High Speed Chase Ends in Death for Local

An early morning traffic stop in Leadville turned into a high speed car chase that involved gun shots, multiply law enforcement agencies across three counties and ended in a car crash and ultimately, the death of suspect Jacob Vanderbeek, 18, of Leadville.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation and local authorities continue their investigation on 17th Street where this morning’s incident began. Photo by Joel Stuart.

The situation started in Lake County around 5 a.m. early (today) Saturday morning, according to Lake County Public Information Officer Betty Benson. There were shots fired around 17th Street where the incident began and “there were other places in the county where shots were being fired,” according to Benson. “There were no law enforcement personnel that were injured.”

According to the most recent information released from Benson:

In Lake County, the suspect threw out of the car what appeared to be a hand grenade (pipe bomb grenade), and EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) is in Lake County to evaluate and dispose of it. 3 homes were evacuated and the area roped off. During the course of the chase shots were fired in each county.

While the situation initiated in Lake County, the perpetrator led authorities on a early morning pursuit that passed through two other counties.

The high speed chase, stated Chaffee County Sheriff Pete Palmer, “began in Lake County, came south on Hwy 24 through Buena Vista and ended in a car wreck in Saguache County.”

More recent reports indicate that Vanderbeek was shot and killed after he exchanged gun fire with authorities who had put up a roadblock to stop the suspect and high speed chase. US Highway 285 was shut down at the scene for several hours during the investigation, but it now open to traffic. 

Stay tuned to Leadville Today for continued coverage of this story.

Live Music at St. George’s Tonight!

Singer-songwriter and Los Angeles-based recording artist Chris Laterzo and his band Buffalo Robe will be bringing his style of American cowboy-rock to the St. George Concert Series tonight – Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m.

Chris Laterzo performs at St. George’s Tonight

Laterzo and Buffalo Robe will be performing new material from an upcoming album, along with material from his previous four albums. Now Los Angeles based, Laterzo has recorded a number of albums since arriving in California. Originally from Colorado’s Front Range and with roots in such varying places as Belgium, Massachusetts, Santa Fe, and Washington D.C., Laterzo is an artist who is said to emphasize melody and lyric, and whose music evokes a sense of the restless spirit and open road. Laterzo’s style of music is best described as folk-rock, alt-country, even American cowboy rock. Cost of admission is $12, with the concert benefitting the Community Meals Program. For information see

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