News in Brief
November 13, 2007
ASPEN Someone in Aspen just lost karma points by stealing the Grateful Deli delivery bike.At 10:30 a.m. Monday, deli staff noticed the black Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike with a crate rack on the back was missing.Weve always left it out front unlocked, deli co-owner Krista Eddy said. Staff lock the bike inside at night, but keep it out front during the day for quick deliveries, she said.At some point, the guys inside noticed it was gone, Eddy said.Someone might have noticed a man riding the bike at 3:15 p.m. and notified police, who said they might know the rider, Eddy said.Eddy is offering an unspecified reward.Its just a drag to know that theres somebody out there doing things like that, Eddy said.Many people get used to the low crime rate in the Roaring Fork Valley and feel immune, she said.Thats part of why its so disappointing, Eddy said.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS A decision scheduled Tuesday for the massive Spring Valley Ranch development might be delayed to give Garfield County commissioners a better chance to review the proposal.I think that we need more time to look at it, said Commissioner John Martin.He said he will ask fellow commissioners to agree to delay the hearing. Jim Lochhead, an attorney for the developers, said Commissioner Trsi Houpt also has asked for more time, and developers now are anticipating making their presentation to commissioners on Dec. 6.The nearly 6,000-acre project southeast of Glenwood Springs would be one of the largest developments in Garfield County history. The plan includes 577 housing units and two golf courses. However, thats far downsized from an earlier plan for the property that called for more than 2,000 homes.The county Planning Commission unanimously approved the proposal in September.County planning staff earlier had recommended denial of the project, but then called for approval after revisions that included reinserting 75 income-restricted housing units into the project and adding 24 employee housing rental units.San Francisco-based Spring Valley Holdings, which bought the property for $25 million in 2005, is proposing what is essentially an amended version of a previously approved planned unit development for the property. One change involves building a nine-hole course in place of one of the two 18-hole courses originally planned for the property.Martin said he had voted against the existing development plan. Many of the concerns that existed then continue to give him pause now, such as the adequacy of water supplies and of proposed improvements to steep access roads. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Police arrested a man who allegedly hid inside Kmart until it closed and tried to steal electronics Sunday night.Adan Perez Robles, 20, was arrested around 9 p.m. on suspicion of second-degree burglary and second-degree criminal tampering. He hasnt been implicated in any of the other approximately 20 recent burglaries in the area.I dont have a real high degree of confidence that this is the same one thats been doing so many around the valley, Police Chief Terry Wilson said. But he added that police will investigate any possible links.According to Wilson, Perez Robles visited Kmart while it was open, and hid in a back storage area until after the store closed. Police were alerted after Perez Robles allegedly set off an alarm in the electronics department. An officer entered the store and discovered Perez Robles wearing a black ski mask, bandana and gloves, Wilson said. Perez Robles admitted to police that he was going to steal some items, Wilson said, and it appeared he tried to get into an office area. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
GLENWOOD SPRINGS A man who police said wormed his way out of a patrol car on Nov. 2 was arrested again Sunday, at the same place, on similar charges. Police arrested Scott Bradley Christenson, 35, Sunday afternoon on suspicion of false imprisonment, second-degree burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, violating a restraining order, harassment and stalking. He was arrested Nov. 2 on suspicion of second-degree assault, resisting arrest and attempting to escape. Police said he escaped from a patrol car while handcuffed by wiggling through a window in the Plexiglas separator between the front and back seats, then exiting the vehicles front door. Police arrested him shortly thereafter down the street. He had allegedly placed a woman in a headlock, police said. On Sunday, an officer arrived at the same residence on the 700 block of Bennett Avenue and was told that Christenson unlawfully broke into the womans home. A Glenwood Springs Police Department report says the officer was advised that Christenson grabbed the woman by her hair, refused to let her leave, and had tried to contact her by phone before the incident multiple times. Police arrested Christenson after the interview with the victim, according to the report. After the first arrest, Christensons bond had been set at $8,000. The Garfield County Combined Courts Office was unavailable Monday to provide further information. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)