News in Brief
An Aspen man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly broke a restraining order by going to the victim’s home.
Jerome Hatem, 46, faces felony stalking charges and misdemeanor counts of trespassing and harassment. Sgt. Steve Smith of the Aspen Police Department said Hatem went to the home around noon and left before officers arrived.
Hatem was arrested a short time later without incident at his home across town and taken to the Pitkin County Jail, Smith said.
In other police matters:
– Woody Creek resident Jimmy Ibbotson called police around 1:15 p.m. Sunday to tell them he had loaded a shotgun during a tenant-landlord dispute.
He told dispatchers that he was having a problem with three men living in his basement on Woody Creek Road. He was apparently trying to evict them, much to the men’s chagrin.
Ibbotson, a former member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, later said he had unloaded the shotgun and exchanged it for a baseball bat. Deputies quickly defused the situation. It was unknown whether charges were filed.
-Bears are becoming more brazen.
Last week, one trapped a woman in her Aspen home, while another smashed a car’s rear window to get at some spaghetti, Smith said.
He reminded people to not leave food of any kind in their vehicles, whether “it’s your kid’s Goldfish crackers, the doggie bag from the restaurant, or pet food,” he said.
MESA (AP) ” Wildlife agents are looking for a bear who injured a camper on the Grand Mesa near Powderhorn Resort.
“It wasn’t that the bear attacked her,” said Randy Hampton, spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. “The bear came into her tent, and when she surprised him, he took a swipe at her.”
The woman, whose name was not released, yelled at the bear, and it fled Saturday morning.
Hampton said the woman required 12 stitches to her right thigh at St. Mary’s Hospital.
If caught the bear will be killed.
“Bears that show aggression toward people are put down. That’s the policy of the Division of Wildlife,” Hampton said.
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