News in Brief
October 15, 2006
Two arrested for domestic violenceTwo men were arrested Saturday night for domestic violence.Thomas Erwin, 45, Aspen, was arrested on charges of 2nd degree assault after a woman he had been with arrived at the hospital complaining of stomach pain. The woman’s spleen had to be removed. It was determined she had suffered what appeared to be a punch to her back. Doctors estimated that the injury occurred 11 hours before she showed up Saturday night at Aspen Valley Hospital.Aspen Police Sgt. Steve Smith said the incident allegedly occurred at the St. Moritz in Aspen. Erwin told police that he was on parole at the time of his arrest.The woman, who could have died had she not shown up at the hospital, is recovering from surgery, Smith said.In a separate incident, John Vincent Donahue III was arrested on a charge of 3rd degree assault after police identified him as the prime suspect the beating of a local woman. He was arrested at about 8 p.m. in unincorporated Pitkin County.Lost hunter rescued with horn, cell phoneA lost 57-year-old Aurora hunter was rescued Saturday evening from the top of Red Mountain with the help of an SUV horn and a cell phone.Ann Stephenson, patrol director at the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, said Lorenzo Cordova called the county dispatcher at about 6:30 p.m. to report that he was lost on the top of Red Mountain.Deputy Mario Strobl drove to the top of the mountain, which was shrouded in fog at the time, and began honking his horn and sounding his siren. When another horn began to honk, Strobl walked through the fog and found the lost hunter’s brother, Stephenson said.Another deputy, calling from a cell phone at the bottom of the mountain, then called the lost Cordova and told him to walk toward the sound of the honking horns and police siren.Cordova found his way to safety. The incident ended at about 10:30 p.m.Aspen man cited after lighting upJoshua Frihauff, 22, Aspen, was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana after allegedly getting caught smoking in public.Frihauff was walking down Hopkins Ave. near Cleveland St. when a police officer saw him pull out a pipe and light up, said Aspen Police Sgt. Steve Smith. The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Friday night.