News in Brief
David Crosby cancels Aspen showASPEN The latest chapter in the colorful life of David Crosby will prevent the rock musician from making a scheduled date in Aspen next week.According to a representative at the Aspen Writers’ Foundation, Crosby has been hospitalized with a respiratory infection, and has canceled his performance, slated for Thursday, Aug. 16, at Belly Up Aspen. The appearance was scheduled as part of the Writers’ Foundation’s Lyrically Speaking series, which features musicians performing their work and speaking about the songwriting process.Crosby, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, has written a pair of autobiographies: 1988’s “Long Time Gone,” and “Since Then: How I Survived Everything and Lived to Tell About It,” published last fall. The books detail, along with his music-making, Crosby’s history of drug and alcohol use, health crises, arrests for drugs and guns, and his reunion with his son, with whom he formed the band CPR.The Writers’ Foundation expects Crosby to reschedule the date when his health permits.Final guilty plea entered in wake of raidsASPEN Candido Hernandez-Vergara, 29, pleaded guilty Monday to dealing cocaine more than a year and a half after he became a fugitive following drug raids at local restaurants.Garfield County officers arrested Hernandez-Vergara on March 26. He was the only suspect not arrested during Dec. 2, 2005, drug raids at two popular Aspen restaurants. The raids were the culmination of a six-month DEA sting operation and involved more than 50 DEA agents and local law enforcement officers joined in the après-ski raids.Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols said Hernandez-Vergara sold $40 bindles of cocaine to an undercover DEA agent on multiple occasions. Under a plea deal, the charge of conspiracy to sell cocaine will be dropped and he is subject to a minimum prison sentence. The sentencing hearing will take place at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 10.Seven of those previously arrested pleaded guilty, charges were dropped against another, and a jury found one man, Fernando Leal-Ruiz, not guilty.Frommer fraud case drags onASPEN A California man facing 28 felony charges and one misdemeanor appeared in court Monday, only to receive another of many continuations in his fraud case. The case has been bogged down in the question of whether Peter Frommer is indigent and should be allowed representation by public defender Garth McCarty.Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols complained about the slow rate with which the case is proceeding, saying Frommer should enter a plea. McCarty countered that it is really the fault of the prosecutor that the case is taking so long to move forward.A hearing on Frommer’s indigence is set for 2:30 p.m. Aug. 21, and arraignment for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 10
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