News in Brief
August 2, 2006
League of 10 looks to solve traffic problemsTen Aspenites have formed a group to solve the riddle of Aspen’s congestion and create a business improvement district.The founders, who include a real estate broker, a developer, a restaurateur, an Aspen Skiing Co. executive and a lodge owner, are scheduled to have a press conference at 11 a.m. today to announce the Aspen Business Improvement League.ABIL will be a “business and community group” that will focus on the town’s traffic issues. An immediate focus will be creating a community bike program, a press release says.Group members were reluctant to speak further about the effort until the press conference. The founders are: David Perry, Ernie Fyrwald, Tim Semrau, Tony Mazza, Bill Dinsmoor, Howie Mallory, Mark Goodman, John Starr, Dwayne Romero and Stan Hajenga.The announcement is to take place in front of Aspen Sports on the Cooper Avenue mall.More details emerge about socialite’s arrestThe New York City woman arrested on local fraud charges Saturday at a Hamptons fund-raiser for Sept. 11 victims offered stocks in Google, DreamWorks and a Las Vegas casino, police say.An Aspen woman alleges that Glenda Chesshir, 46, a resident of Manhattan and Dallas, portrayed herself as an investment banker with the Dennison Capital Group.Chesshir offered stocks in Globalstar Communications and DreamWorks Animation, and initial public offering stock in Friends/Family Google and the Las Vegas Sands, a police statement says. The victim invested $112,400, and, in January 2005, asked Chesshir to cash out the investments and send the victim the proceeds.”In response, Chesshir sent the victim four checks totaling more than $140,000. All four checks were returned due to insufficient funds,” the statements says.The victim reported the crime in August 2005. An arrest warrant was issued May 9. Chesshir was arrested at a clambake she was chairing on a beach in the East Hamptons. The event was a benefit for children whose parents died in the terrorist attacks.Chesshir, free on $6,000 bond, faces four counts of felony check fraud. She is due in court Aug. 21.Businessmen sue former real estate partnerThree Snowmass Village businessmen who started a brokerage company with another Snowmass Village man are suing him for more than $100,000.The plaintiffs, Douglas Faurer, Bruce Faurer and Jerrod Iverson, allege that George Huggins took their company’s customer lists, trade secrets, computers and Christmas decorations, among other items.The Faurers and Iverson have owned a rental and property management company in Snowmass for several years. They recognized that people renting property were often interested in buying homes, and that owners who rented their homes often wanted to sell, the lawsuit says.So they decided to start Alpine Property Real Estate with Huggins in 2004. All four held a 25 percent interest in the company, which grew successful and recorded $2 million in real estate commissions in 2005, according to the lawsuit.On Jan. 6, 2006, the lawsuit says Huggins quit suddenly and started Huggins Co. Real Estate. They allege he took corporate documents, copiers, telephone numbers and Internet domain names, and solicited their customers and converted their software so he could use it in his business.The plaintiffs are seeking a jury trial.