Mountain Fair mellow, police say
As far as the police were concerned, the 34th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair was a fairly quiet affair.Only three crimes of any significance were committed through the course of the weekend, said Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling.Early on Saturday morning, Carbondale native Martin Cheney, 24, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief for allegedly vandalizing on the Carbondale Public Arts Commission sculptures on Main Street.According to a police report, Cheney “admitted to shaking the sculpture, but he didn’t mean for it to fall apart,” said Vicki Walton of the CPD. The sculpture, entitled “Yuma 1857,” was located in front of the U.S. Forest Service office at the corner of Weant and Main.The sculpture was valued at $2,500, Walton said.Cheney was ordered to appear in municipal court on Aug. 15.Schilling said his officers do not believe the vandalism was connected to a similar incident that occurred during last year’s Mountain Fair, when another CPAC sculptures was damaged.No one has been charged in that case, Schilling said, adding, “We know who did it, we just can’t prove it. We don’t have any witnesses who saw it happen.”Early on Sunday morning, at approximately 12:30 a.m., police were called to The Pour House restaurant and bar on Main Street to deal with an unruly patron who refused to leave the premises.Officers found Corey Rosenberg, 20, allegedly in a shouting match with another man who left as soon as police got there.Rosenberg, however, continued to act belligerently and refused to leave the premises, according to a police report.He was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and underage consumption of alcohol. Rosenberg was ordered to appear in Garfield County Court on Sept. 8.Schilling also reported that a man had been arrested for allegedly vandalizing a flower pot on Main Street, although the arrestee’s name and other pertinent information, as well as the details of the incident, were not available on Sunday.The annual Mountain Fair is the major fund-raising event for the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities.CCAH board President Drew Sakson estimated that approximately 20,000 “very peaceful” people attended this year’s fair, which is about the same as have attended in recent years.John Colson’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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