News in Brief
ASPEN ” A six-member jury in Pitkin County District Court likely will deliberate Thursday following arguments Tuesday and Wednesday in a civil trial over a 2006 road rage incident in which a man allegedly sprayed another motorist with mace.
The alleged victim, Jarrod Hollinger, is suing Scott Courts for unspecified damages. Courts testified Wednesday.
The trial follows the July 2006 incident in which Hollinger was hospitalized after catching a stream of mace in his face. Courts, meanwhile, allegedly drove away from the site of the altercation, at the Highway 82 S-curves on the outskirts of downtown Aspen.
Lawyers have wrapped up presenting evidence in the trial and closing arguments are expected Thursday morning.
BASALT ” Being a victim of identity theft involving a credit card is bad enough, but sometimes the purchases that are made add insult to injury.
A Silt man who works in Basalt filed a police report Tuesday after he noticed a strange purchase on his statement. His credit card statement reflected an unauthorized expenditure of $253.46 for cannabis seeds from Seedsman, a company in London, U.K., according to Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda.
The man reported the unauthorized transaction to his credit card company, and they told him to file a police report. The man sought help from Basalt police.
Ikeda said he was uncertain where the seeds were shipped after they were charged to the Silt guy’s account.
Seedsman’s website boasts that its principal breeder is “Sam the Skunkman.” The website has links to Big Buddha Seeds and Reeferman Seeds. There are several varieties of Dutch Passion seeds and others that thrive in greenhouses.
The company doesn’t necessarily promote the germination and cultivation of cannabis seeds, which is illegal in many countries.
“By selling cannabis seeds to persons unable to grow cannabis, we are helping to circulate and preserve the pool of cannabis genetics,” the company’s website said. “The illegality of cannabis has caused a reduction in its gene pool, leading to a higher risk of extinction of major cannabis seed strains.”
So, in its mission to save cannabis genetics, it sells packages that typically contain 10 seeds. And with each purchase, the buyer gets a free pack of Durban Skunk Seeds (while supplies last).
In another recent theft report filed with the Basalt Police Department, a second-home owner at the Roaring Fork Club reported Jan. 13 that two designer dresses were missing from her closet.
The woman was last at the residence in mid-October. She returned over the holidays and reported the missing dresses Dec. 29. Missing were a Susana Monaco dress valued at $250 and a Diane Von Furstenberg dress valued at $350. Police have no leads in the case although it is doubtful a man is wearing the stolen items.
ASPEN ” Tickets for the highly anticipated Feb. 22 hip-hop show with renowned musician DMC, formerly of Run-DMC, went on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House.
Action in Africa, a nonprofit, student-run club at Aspen High School, is presenting the benefit concert to raise funds for the Ssejinja Children’s Foundation, and expects the show to sell out.
The general admission tickets are $80 for the concert and $20 for the Winter Words reading, available at Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House (call 920-5770, or visit the Web at http://www.aspenshowtickets.com). There is a combo package, priced at $90, for both events.
Patron opportunities and more information are available by contacting Lance Finkbeiner of Action in Africa at 429-3568.
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