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News in Brief

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A preliminary hearing in the case of a man accused of fleeing the courthouse after being sentenced to prison has been set for Oct. 10.

Warren Carter, 45, allegedly bolted from the Pitkin County Courthouse in July after Judge James Boyd sentenced him to three years in the state Department of Corrections for a theft conviction. Following Boyd’s sentencing, Carter beelined it out of the courtroom, down a flight of stairs, and out of the west entrance of the courthouse, observers said.

About 45 minutes later, authorities captured him near the Aspen post office.

Carter appeared in court Monday with his defense attorney, Peter Rachesky, who said, “The defense is not going to be so much factual, as it will be legal.” Carter faces the class-three felony charge of escape.

Prosecutor Arnold Mordkin added the Boyd might have to recuse himself from the case, as he was in the courtroom when Carter allegedly fled.

ASPEN – Prosecutor Arnold Mordkin said Monday in Pitkin County District Court that he will file formal charges against an alleged assault suspect on Oct. 4.

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Last week Charles Brandon White, 28, was advised in Pitkin County District Court that he faces seven charges, the most severe being the felony count of second-degree assault, which carries 4 to 12 years in prison. He also faces a felony charge of criminal impersonation and two misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault, along with resisting arrest, child abuse and domestic violence.

According to Aspen police, during the early morning hours of Sept. 13, White was combative and resisted arrest, and additional officers were dispatched to the St. Moritz Lodge to assist the arresting officer. White’s “violent behavior” compelled officers to use a Taser to subdue him. Several officers suffered minor injuries, according to a police press release. White was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital for medical evaluation and then to the Pitkin County jail, where he remains incarcerated on $15,000 bail.

At Monday’s hearing, White asked Judge Boyd if he could call his two children. A mandatory protection order forbids him from doing so.

“I’m not going to threaten anybody … I’m not going to badger anybody,” he told Boyd, who said he would take up the matter at a later date.

ASPEN – If someone knocks at your door trying to sell magazine subscriptions, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office says to beware – it could be a scam.

“We just want to get the word out that people should be on alert about these door-to-door magazine sales,” said Deputy Brad Gibson, who himself fell for the pitch at his home over the weekend. “You should really think a couple of times before giving cash or a check to these people.”

According to Gibson, a group of about seven college-aged men and women have been going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions. The salespersons claim they are from Colorado State University’s ROTC program and that the proceeds will go to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They work for a company called Syn Inc.; a Google search of the company turns up several reports of scams.

“These guys are good, really good,” said Gibson, adding that you should always ask for appropriate ID – such as from the organization they say they are fundraising for – which is something he even forgot to do. “They are extremely personable, and they work really well together. I was fooled.”