News in Brief
Police in Snowmass Village arrested an Aspen man on charges of disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana after they allegedly found him tearing up a Roaring Fork Transit Authority bus shelter.
Police found Rory Stewart, 45, at the bus stop at Brush Creek and Owl Creek roads around midnight Thursday.
Authorities were called to the scene by a neighbor who complained of hearing “a lot of yelling and screaming and banging” from the bus shelter, Snowmass Police Officer Brian Olson said.
He said Steward was damaging the structure with the metal flag that passengers use to signal buses.
An officer performed a breathalyzer test on Stewart, Olson said, and determined that his blood-alcohol level was around .289, nearly three times the level considered legally drunk.
Stewart was taken to the Pitkin County Jail under protective custody. During the booking process Stewart allegedly had a small amount of marijuana in his possession.
He will appear in county court.
Two valley residents got into a fight at an Aspen bar Friday night, in a dispute that a police officer described as having begun some time ago.
Edwin Barnes, 35, of Aspen, and Scott Webster, 25, of Basalt, apparently had words at another bar weeks earlier before Friday’s incident at the Lava Room bar, said Aspen police Sgt. Steve Smith.
The two apparently ran into each other at the bar around 11 p.m., renewed their mutual animosity, and “it led to fisticuffs,” Smith said.
The men were taken to the Pitkin County Jail and summoned to appear in municipal court on charges of disorderly conduct, Smith said. He said neither of the man sustained serious injuries in the fight.
GREELEY (AP) ” About 80 gnomes soon may be home.
Police found the gnomes, often used as garden decorations, stashed in black plastic bags and surrounded by kids Saturday.
Police Sgt. Dave Adams said investigators don’t think the kids stole the gnomes, but most likely simply found them.
Adams said police will call people who reported their gnomes stolen to come identify and pick up their pint-size friends.
Elsie Schnorr, who had 30 gnomes stolen from her front lawn more than a month ago, will be among the first to retrieve her gnomes.
“I could identify every one of them. My name isn’t on them, but I know which ones are mine. Most of mine are one-of-a-kind,” she said.
Police don’t have any suspects, and neither does the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, which also has received numerous reports of missing gnomes.
“If they stole them to throw them away, that’s pretty sad,” Schnorr said. “If they stole them, that’s pathetic, period.”
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