Breckenridge councilmember sent to jail |

Breckenridge councilmember sent to jail

BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge Town Councilmember Jeri Beth “J.B.” Katz was arrested Thursday evening on suspicion of domestic violence-

assault, criminal mischief, harassment and resisting arrest after a reported altercation at her boyfriend’s house north of town.

According to affidavits on file at the county court offices, Katz’s boyfriend arrived home around 3:15 p.m. Thursday when Katz demanded to know where he had been. Court records indicate she was “extremely aggressive.”

The boyfriend told police he tried to leave the house, but Katz reportedly stood against the driver’s side of his car, preventing him from getting in. Instead, he got in the car on the passenger side, at which point Katz allegedly began banging on the window with a rock, dinging it in five places, the sheriff’s office report states.

When sheriff’s officers questioned Katz later at the jail, she said she had not tried to block her boyfriend from getting into his vehicle and that she didn’t remember striking the car’s window with a rock. Katz could not be reached for comment.

Court records indicate the boyfriend left the house in his car and that Katz followed him in her car into Breckenridge, waving him down in an attempt to get him to stop. She later returned to the house.

The boyfriend went to the Sheriff’s Office, where, according to the office’s reports, he received a cell phone call from Katz. The officer and a receptionist both said they could hear Katz yelling at her boyfriend over the phone.

Officers from the sheriff’s and Breckenridge police departments went to the house and knocked on the door, but no one answered, reports say. The boyfriend, who owns the house, gave them permission to go in; Katz then began screaming profanities and telling them they weren’t allowed to be in the house, the Sheriff’s Office report states.

Officers handcuffed her and helped her into the police car, at which point she allegedly tried to bite an officer on the shoulder.

There was nothing in the report or the affidavit that suggested Katz was intoxicated.

County Court Judge Ed Casias allowed Katz to bond out of jail that night because she was suffering asthma attacks. Usually, someone arrested for domestic violence stays the night in jail and comes before the judge the next business day, Sheriff’s Capt. Derek Woodman said. Paramedics had already been to the jail once to treat her asthma, and Casias didn’t want anything worse to happen, he said.

“That’s why the step out of the ordinary was taken,” Casias said. “I’d do this for anyone with medical issues.”

Katz, who recently closed her law practice, has been criticized by Breckenridge residents for having moved out of town for the ski season but keeping her seat on the town council. She owns a condo at the south end of town and said last fall she will move back into it after the season or give up her seat on the council if she opts to continue living at her boyfriend’s house in Ten Mile Vista near the golf course.

Under the terms of her personal recognizance bond, Katz is neither allowed to contact her boyfriend nor return to his house.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 228 or

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