News in Brief
Wheeler Film Society to carry onASPEN The Wheeler Opera House announced Monday that the Wheeler Film Society, which has provided cinema services for the historic venue since 1990, has been selected to continue providing unusual and unique films for 2007-08.”We are pleased to continue our relationship with Jon Busch and the Wheeler Film Society,” Wheeler Executive Director Gram Slaton said in a prepared statement. “The Wheeler Film Society’s contribution to the cultural profile of the Wheeler has been significant for 17 years now, and will continue to be so. The Board of Directors of the Wheeler and I welcome the opportunity to continue this important relationship.”The Wheeler Film Society will be offered all appropriate dates in the Wheeler calendar that are not previously booked for live, community or other cultural events. Slaton said the relationship allows the Wheeler to work with other film providers for specialty offerings, like Warren Miller movies and screenings coordinated with Aspen Film.The recommendation to approve the Wheeler Film Society for 2007-08 will be presented to the Aspen City Council at its June 25 meeting.
Motions hearing set in Greengrass caseASPEN The next step in the drug case against Moses Greengrass will be a motions hearing. Public defender Garth McCarty said in court Monday there is a “distinct suppression issue” that needs to be addressed; assistant district attorney Gail Nichols agreed.Greengrass was arrested March 23 and charged with felony possession of more than 25 grams of cocaine and possession with intent to sell. He is in the Pitkin County Jail.On June 4, District Judge James Boyd ruled there is enough evidence to try Greengrass on the cocaine charges. During that hearing, McCarty questioned whether there was sufficient reason for police officers to have approached Greengrass near an Aspen bar on March 23. Nichols would not comment on whether the suppression issue was related to McCarty’s concerns.In 1999, Greengrass was one of 12 Aspen teenagers who wore masks, drove getaway cars and brandished weapons in grocery stores and burglarized businesses, including the Stage 3 Theaters, Clark’s Market, the Aspen Alps condominium office and the Snowmass Village Market, where a clerk was pistol-whipped. He was released from prison six months ago after serving seven years.The motions hearing is scheduled for July 23 at 9 a.m.
Man pleads guilty in drug fraud conspiracyASPEN A man pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit forgery in a drug fraud scheme.Victor Murillo, 23, attempted to fill a prescription for Percocet, an opiate that falls in the same legal category as methamphetamine and cocaine, at Carl’s Pharmacy in Aspen, and later at another area pharmacy in April.Charges of forgery and criminal impersonation were dropped by assistant district attorney Gail Nichols as part of the plea bargain. Murillo is free on a personal recognizance bond; he will be sentenced Aug. 6.North Forty assault suspect facing more chargesASPEN Additional charges were filed Monday against Kevin A. Gibson, the man accused of assaulting five people and breaking into two homes in the North Forty neighborhood June 9.Gibson appeared in court Monday charged with seven crimes. But deputy district attorney Gail Nichols modified two of those charges – second degree burglary and first degree criminal trespass – to include the aggravating factor of domestic violence. Nichols also added a misdemeanor bond violation.Gibson tried to defend himself at Monday’s hearing, saying he was “getting beaten up in the press,” and that he “didn’t flee the scene.” Gibson appeared Monday without representation, though he said local defense attorney John VanNess has agreed to represent him. A bail reduction hearing was set for July 2 at 10:30 a.m.
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