News in Brief
Different kind of Nigerian scamASPEN A lawyer from Texas had a chat with Aspen police after he received numerous items, purchased illegally, at his house. According to police, he had gotten involved in an online romance with a woman from Ghana who asked him to ship her items he received. On Tuesday, Aspen police received calls from Texas and Alabama regarding fraudulent credit card purchases that were being shipped to the Texan’s address in Aspen. Unwittingly, the Texan lawyer had become an accomplice in the crime. After the case was turned over to the FBI, the Texan agreed to provide any help he could about the identity of the woman and the address where he was shipping the packages. He will not be charged with being an accomplice so long as he continues to comply with law enforcement requests and does not ship any more packages. Police said he is embarrassed about the whole thing. Arrest in Main Street Bakery theftASPEN Police arrested a man Tuesday who they say stole a credit card from Aspen’s Main Street Bakery and Cafe, and used it to buy a $1,000 antique gold coin.Aspen Police Detective Eric Ross worked with Vail police and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office to apprehend Alejandro Bolona, 39, who had fled to Jackson, Wyo.According to police, Bolona has worked at various shops in Aspen and Eagle County, where he made large purchases on credit cards he stole. Three agencies worked together to make a “Wanted” poster after a sighting of Bolona in Wyoming. He was arrested a day after the poster went out. In the arrest warrant affidavit, Ross states that Bolona was a suspect in a $5,500 credit card fraud while working at Sandy’s Office Supply in Aspen in June.”I’ve been working on the case for a long time,” Ross said. “I would bet there are people out there who had their credit card charged and just haven’t noticed.” Ross encouraged people to come forward if they noticed a fraudulent charge on their statement. Police got on the trail after just such a call. On Oct. 3, Mark Hutchinson reported his Alpine Bank Visa card stolen, according to the affidavit. He said there were at least two purchases he had not made totaling $1,121. CMC dean is chief learning officerASPEN Colorado Mountain College has named Dr. Ann Harris, the dean of the Aspen Campus for the past 24 years, as its chief learning officer, effective Jan. 1, according to a statement from the college.Harris will be the top overall academic administrator for the college’s seven campuses in north-central Colorado, based at the District Office in Glenwood Springs.She is replacing Dr. Ben Yohe, who is assuming an academic leadership role at the Colorado Institute of the Arts in Denver. The college will appoint an interim dean for the Aspen Campus and has begun the process for hiring a new dean on a permanent basis.While dean at Aspen, Harris supervised the construction of the college’s new facility here and developed collaborative relationships with the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet, American Red Cross, Music Associates of Aspen, Dance Aspen, Aspen Skiing Co., and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She led the college’s reaccreditation process in 1993 and chairs the collegewide information technology committee. “I love the Aspen community and staff, and that is the most difficult part about this change,” Harris said. “But I am excited about the opportunity to really help on a collegewide basis.”
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