1980: Kennedy clan causes stir in Aspen
In celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Aspen Times, we are printing a story or two from each year the newspaper has existed – 125 historical selections in 125 days. This series is in conjunction with the Aspen Historical Society. Kennedy clan causes stir in AspenThe Kennedy clan returned to Aspen once again for the holidays and once again made the local news.On Dec 26, one of the Kennedys, Christopher Lawford, was arrested on suspicion of obtaining narcotic drugs by deceit after he allegedly called in a phony prescription to Aspen Drug pharmacist Tony McDonald.Patrol Sergeant John Goodwin said McDonald received a call from a man identifying himself as “Dr Smith,” who said he needed to prescribe some Darvons for a patient named “Richard Carlin.”Goodwin said the alleged doctor gave McDonald a drug enforcement administration control number, as doctors do when prescribing over the phone, but the number was not sequentially correct.McDonald took the order over the phone and then called Aspen police, who came to the drugstore to await “Carlin’s” arrival. “Carlin” came into the drugstore, picked up his prescription and was stopped by the police.After questioning “Carlin,” police determined the man was actually Christopher Lawford, age 24, and arrested him.Lawford was released on $1,000 bond.NEW YEAR’S EVEOn New Year’s Eve, the Kennedy clan had made arrangements to dine at Galena Street East.Prior to their arrival, Police Cheif Rob McClung said, an employee of the restaurant noticed an unidentified black box sitting under one of the restaurant tables, and assuming it was a bomb called the Aspen police.Police arrived at the scene and removed the box (which had already been moved twice), McClung said. The box was taken to a secured area behind the courthouse to await the arrival of Fort Carson’s bomb squad.The next day, Jan 1, the bomb squad flew into Aspen, checked the box out with their x-ray equipment and noticed the presence of mechanical gears inside the box.The bomb squad then detonated the box only to discover the box contained an 8 mm movie projector.The police later discovered the box belonged to an employee of the restaurant who, when questioned earlier, didn’t remember it being in the restaurant.McClung said no one had called in a bomb threat, but due to the inordinate amount of bomb scares circulating through town of late, everyone just jumped to conclusions. (Jan. 3)
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