News in Brief
September 21, 2006
Steven Allen Pearson pleaded guilty to and received a three-year deferred sentence for menacing Thursday in connection with an incident aboard a Roaring Fork Transit Authority bus during the X Games.On a RFTA bus crowded with fans – many intoxicated – on their way home from the Winter X Games at Buttermilk on Jan. 28. Pearson and a group of female friends exchanged words with some men. One of Pearson’s friends pushed one of the men, and the man in turn shoved the woman to the ground, according to testimony.Pearson, a trained fighter, responded with what he called a “one-two-three” punch that broke his victim’s occipital bone and landed him in the hospital.”Nothing I can say right now can take back what I did to him,” Pearson said. He said he was sorry he lost control and claimed full responsibility for the fight.”All I can do is pay for his injuries,” he said.Judge James Boyd deferred Pearson’s sentence on the condition that he completes community service, pays restitution and submits to substance-abuse and mental evaluation. Pearson will return to district court for a restitution hearing in November to determine the exact amount of the $180,000 in the victim’s medical bills that insurance didn’t cover.Boyd admitted that there was “quite a lot of ambiguity” in the case and that circumstances escalated the situation, but he said Pearson acted improperly.
Two construction workers slipped and fell from ladders in separate events Thursday.The inclement weather made conditions slippery all over the county, and police reported two incidents of construction workers falling because of rain and wet snow.A man fell some 12 feet into a hole at a work site on Red Mountain. County deputies responded and called the fire department to extricate the man because he could not be easily lifted out on a backboard.Jeff Lumsden, county patrol director, said the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.In a separate case in Aspen Meadows, a worker fell 5 feet off of a wet ladder and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Charlie Martin, Aspen’s supervisor of community safety, said weather conditions were a contributing factor. Martin said building and construction work in Thursday’s wet and slippery conditions is “dangerous business” and cautioned that in the past he has seen fatal accidents from even the lowest of falls.