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News in Brief

ASPEN ” A Belly Up Aspen patron who allegedly refused to leave the venue was charged with trespassing, resisting arrest and disorderly contact Saturday night.

Police were called to the nightclub just after midnight by a report of a patron spraying beer and refusing to leave the dance floor.

According to officer Mike Tracey, responding officers asked Scott Hawkins, 25, of Massachusetts, to leave. Instead of leaving, Hawkins proceeded to put the beer between his legs and stroke it as if to imitate masturbation, Tracey said.

The man then looked at officers “with wide eyes and a big smile on his face,” saying “so you want to go?” according to Tracey.

Officer Ben Delassandri then saw Hawkins raise a fist over Officer Jeff Fain’s head, said Officer Dan Davis, who arrived on scene shortly thereafter. Fain “took him to the ground and got him handcuffed,” Davis said.

In the process, Hawkins’ face was reportedly bloodied Later, Davis explained, he was escorting Hawkins down the back steps of the Belly Up when Davis “went limp.” Both Davis and Hawkins fell, and Hawkins scraped his face again, Davis said.

Hawkins allegedly spit the blood in his mouth across Davis’s face as well as on the inside of the patrol car.

Davis said he later heard that Hawkins had been giving the Snowmass police trouble earlier in the night. He believed Hawkins was staying at Snowmass and working at Base Village.

Hawkins was released with a summons, Davis said.

ASPEN ” Pitkin County is now accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers to be honored for the 2008 Pitkin County Cares Volunteer Service Awards. Citizens are invited to submit nominations for people who are making a difference in the community.

The awards were established to honor individuals and groups for their outstanding service, leadership and civic involvement.

The overall volunteer category is called the “Greg Mace Award” recognizing an outstanding, lifelong volunteer. The award is named after the late Greg Mace, a well-known Aspen native, Ashcroft resident and longtime member of Mountain Rescue Aspen.

Applications are available at Pitkin County Community Relations, 530 E. Main St. Aspen (third floor of the Pitkin County annex building), by fax or email by contacting Pat Binghamat 920-5204 or and on the Web at

The deadline for applications is Aug. 1.

BASALT ” A new support group is starting this month for widows and widowers in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The support group will hold its inaugural meeting Monday, June 16, at the Basalt Community United Methodist Church. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary upstairs. Meetings will be held each Monday evening thereafter.

The meeting is open to anyone from Aspen to Glen­wood Springs who has lost a spouse.

The group will be assisted, to start, by Rev. Marie Gasau of the Methodist Church. For more information, call Rev. Gasau at 379-4643.