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Kidnapping cases

continue for Hayden men

Two Hayden men accused of kidnapping and threatening a 17-year-old boy in a dispute about a stolen handgun had their cases continued Wednesday in Routt County Court.

Joey Allen Vreeman, 22, and Kenneth Edward Muhme, 30, each have been charged with felony counts of second-degree kidnapping, menacing and robbery, and misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief.

The two men allegedly forcefully removed a teenage boy from a rest stop bathroom just east of the Moffat-Routt county line on U.S. Highway 40 on Sept. 5, then took him to Elkhead Reservoir and threatened to shoot him.

If convicted of kidnapping, Vreeman and Muhme could face eight to 24 years on the Class 2 felony charge, Judge James Garrecht said Wednesday. Kidnapping is the most serious charge the men face.

Vreeman was detained Sept. 5 by the Hayden Police Department. Muhme was arrested Sept. 6 by the Routt County Sheriff's Office. They were released from the Routt County Jail on $20,000 bonds Sept. 8.

Vreeman and Muhme are due to appear at 2 p.m. Oct. 29 in Routt County Court.

Section of Core Trail

temporarily closed

Construction began Wednesday on a section of the Yampa River Core Trail from Trafalgar Drive south to Emerald Park, to replace deteriorated asphalt with concrete and an adjacent soft-surface trail. Work is expected to continue through Oct. 30. A trail detour, alongside the construction, will be provided. An alternative route is to use U.S. Highway 40 from Trafalgar Drive to Fetcher Park. The city asks that trail users respect the closures and use the designated detours while work is under way. Call 879-4300.

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