High Country Crime: Brothers’ Eagle-Vail pot grow arrest ends with probation, short jail stint | SummitDaily.com

High Country Crime: Brothers’ Eagle-Vail pot grow arrest ends with probation, short jail stint

Attorney Lauren Butler with Harvey Steinberg's Denver firm, left, and her client Nevada Furrow make their way to District Court Wednesday for a sentencing hearing. Furrow was sentenced to probation for his part in an illegal marijuana growing operation. He originally faced more than two decades in prison.
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A pair of Eagle County brothers faced more than two decades in prison for illegally growing marijuana.

But because they have turned their lives around, including leaving drugs and alcohol behind for sober living, Hunter and Nevada Furrow each received 90 days in jail and four years of supervised probation.

Hunter Furrow, 29, and Nevada Furrow, 37, admitted to District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman that they were illegally cultivating marijuana in their Eagle-Vail townhouses, a Class 3 drug felony.

In late January, SWAT teams led by the Gore Range Narcotics Interdiction Team seized nine firearms and large quantities of marijuana during an early-morning raid. Prosecutors asked for jail. The brothers’ defense attorneys, Lauren Butler and Jim Little, argued that the medications police found were prescriptions.

They’ve been sober for more than 100 days, and both sought out treatment help for themselves, the brothers said. Both apologized to law enforcement and the others who had to deal with their actions, especially their parents, who were in court to speak on behalf of their sons.

Tire slasher blames his tattoos for accusations

Rifle police arrested a 26-year-old man early Sunday morning, May 28, at the Rodeway Inn after they received reports of a tire slashing, bizarre behavior and violent threats.

A truck owner who reported his tires had been slashed described the man as “wearing an Insane Clown Posse hat sideways,” according to an affidavit. The suspect had “sarcastically asked him for a ride and then stated, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, you can’t because you have a flat tire,’” the truck owner told police.

The night of the arrest he was walking in and out of the lobby smoking cigarettes, talking to himself and getting confrontational with other hotel guests. The two women working at the time decided that he needed to leave, and he became angry, cursing at them and jumping onto their desk.

The 26-year-old reportedly threatened the women, that he would “cut their heads off and was going to blow up the building,” according to an affidavit. The 26-year-old had a knife when police earlier contacted him.

Officers went to his room and arrested him, and he claimed he didn’t do anything “and that people accuse him of things because he has tattoos.”

When he was hauled to jail, he resisted getting out of the police cruiser. An officer eventually took the man to the ground, bashing his chin on the concrete. The officer called an ambulance, and the man began faking unconsciousness, the officer reported.

Before being incarcerated, he was checked out at Grand River Hospital, where officers reported that he continued to “curse, spit on the ground and be a general nuisance.”

He was arrested on two counts of felony menacing, along with misdemeanors criminal mischief, criminal trespass and obstruction of a peace officer.

Felony DUI for man who left Aspen emergency room on narcotics

A local man with a long criminal history was cited for felony DUI on Sunday, May 28, after leaving Aspen Valley Hospital’s emergency room under the influence of narcotics, according to a police report.

A nurse warned Benjamin Levy, 30, not to drive because of the medication he’d been given, but he apparently didn’t heed the advice, according to the report. So the nurse called a drunken-driving hotline and reported that Levy was driving a white Audi station wagon, the report states.

An Aspen police officer spotted the vehicle pulling into the Local’s Corner gas station not long after and approached the driver’s side door. The officer noticed Levy wearing an AVH hospital bracelet and discovered that his license is suspended for failure to install an interlock device, the report states.

“During my conversation with Levy, I could hear that his speech was slurred,” Officer Marcin Debski wrote in the report.

Levy refused to perform roadside sobriety tests and had a breath-alcohol content of 0.0, according to the report.

Debski called the AVH nurse, who explained that Levy “was under the influence of narcotics and should not be operating a motor vehicle,” the report states.

Levy also refused to provide a sample of his blood for testing.

Levy, who has three previous DUI convictions, was charged with felony DUI because it is his fourth, according to the report.

Levy has been arrested repeatedly since 2013, when he fired a gun inside his Woody Creek apartment and the bullet entered his neighbor’s apartment. No one was injured in that incident, though Levy also was charged with DUI later that same day.

His latest arrest before Sunday occurred in August, when he was found unconscious next to a hypodermic needle he later admitted contained heroin.

Drunk dog man stalks Sapphire Point

Shortly after midnight on May 13, a woman called 911 reporting that a drunk man had been chasing her through the woods and then gotten into a car and started driving away.

A sheriff’s deputy pulled the man over in the Sapphire Point parking lot on Swan Mountain Road after he observed the man driving on a vegetated median.

The man was unsteady on his feet when he exited the car. He said he had been at a bonfire with his friends and drank a few beers but then later said he hadn’t been drinking.

His speech was slurred and he “made incoherent statements about how he liked to bark at people” while also “growling and making guttural noises.”

The woman who called 911 told deputies that the man had accosted them at Sapphire Point and when her dog started barking at him, he “got down on his hands and knees and started making barking noises at (the) dog and then kicked the dog.”

When a deputy asked the man why he had done that, he “made an incoherent statement about how he barked at people he didn’t like.”

Witnesses reported that the man had also chased after several cars in the parking lot and spat at people.

He was arrested and charged with harassment, driving under the influence and careless driving.

Compiled from reports by The Aspen Times, Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, Summit Daily News and Vail Daily News

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