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High Country Crime: Racial slur preceded Snowmass Village bar punch, witnesses say

Brandon Hines

Witnesses told police a 63-year-old local man who sustained serious injuries after he was punched in a Snowmass Village bar last month called the black man who hit him a racial epithet, according to a police report.

Further, Jim Andre wasn’t the only person at Zane’s Tavern that night to make racist statements to Brandon Hines, the 20-year-old Wisconsin man charged with assaulting Andre, the report states.

“I talked to several witnesses that believe Andre to be the one responsible and deserved to get punched for the racist remarks that he made,” Snowmass police officer Andrew Rushing wrote in his report.

Police were called to Zane’s just before midnight April 13 and found Andre on the floor of the bar holding his head, according to the police report.

A bartender told police that a 40-year-old local man first approached Hines and his two white friends, who were sitting at the bar, and “made some racist remarks to the three,” the report states.

Hines then knocked the 40-year-old man’s hat off, spilled his drink and slapped him across the face, according to the report.

“Andre saw this action and came over to the group to defend (the local man),” according to the bartender’s observations detailed in the police report. “While defending (the local man), Andre called Brandon (the N-word).”

Hines then punched Andre and Andre collapsed, the report states.

One of Hines’ friends told police that both the local man and Andre repeatedly called Hines the n-word, according to Rushing’s report.

Hines has been charged with misdemeanor assault, though prosecutor Sarah Oszczakiewicz said she’s requested more information about the case and Andre’s injuries.

—Jason Auslander, The Aspen Times

Cocaine found taped to drug runner’s genitals

On the evening of May 5, Glenwood Springs officers spotted two men illegally crossing Grand Avenue in the middle of the 900 block, one of them almost getting hit by a vehicle.

Contacting the pair, one officer thought he recognized one of the two men, a 23-year-old, as someone who had an active warrant. The two said they didn’t have any ID, and the officers took the 23-year-old into custody to verify his identity.

During their interaction, the 23-year-old acted “very nervous, rubbing his neck with both hands and fidgeting with his hands and arms,” according to an affidavit.

While officers were putting the 23-year-old in handcuffs and patting him down, the other man bolted from the scene. The officers had not identified this man.

In the 23-year-old’s pocket they found a set of metallic knuckles.

Right before being booked into jail, the young man told an officer that he had “something taped to his genitals.”

In his underpants, they found “a half-gallon Ziploc bag containing two large pieces of a white substance with white powder.”

Along with the bag, the substance weighed 12.4 grams and tested positive for cocaine.

The 23-year-old was arrested on charges of distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. His arresting charges also included misdemeanor possession of an illegal weapon.

—Ryan Summerlin, Glenwood Springs Post-Independent


A 50-year-old Craig man faces a felony drug distribution charge after Boomer the drug dog sniffed out 23 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

On Sunday, MAy 7, a Hayden police officer stopped the car Melvin E. Newton was driving for failing to signal.

A Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputy then arrived with Boomer, who indicated there were drugs in Newton’s pickup.

When officers began searching the bed of the pickup, Newton’s demeanor changed, according to an arrest affidavit.

At that point, police decided to get a search warrant so they could do a more thorough search.

While continuing the search, police found a light fixture containing 23 grams of a substance that tested positive as methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

Based on the amount of drugs, police believed Newton was distributing them.

The value of the drugs was between $2,300 and $2,760 if sold in the Steamboat Springs or Craig area.

When Newton was arrested, he was out on bond awaiting a resolution to two court cases in Moffat County.

In one of the cases, Newton was found to be in possession of 323 grams of methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

Newton’s bond was set at $100,000 during court Tuesday.

—Matt Stensland, Steamboat Today

Pair found in compromising position, in stolen car

New Castle police found a white car parked at Grand River Park past curfew Monday night. In the driver seat was a 25-year-old woman and in the passenger seat was a 23-year-old man with his pants down. Both seats were reclined all the way back, the officer noted in his report.

The officer then found the vehicle was reported stolen from Delta County.

The 25-year-old woman told the officers that she was “given access to the vehicle” by a man and woman, though she didn’t not know their last names or where they were.

Police also found in the vehicle a Discover card bearing yet another man’s name.

Officers found in the glove compartment a light bulb that appeared to be used for ingesting drugs. Its threads were broken off, and it had a small hole and had burn marks on one side, according to the report. In the vehicle’s center tray was a butane torch.

The woman was arrested on charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft, a felony, along with misdemeanor criminal possession of a financial device, violation of a protection order and petty offense possession of drug paraphernalia. The man was also arrested on charges of misdemeanor criminal possession of a financial device and petty offense possession of drug paraphernalia.

—Ryan Summerlin, Glenwood Springs Post-Independent

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