The Post-Independent reports that a 16-year-old Colorado girl is now hospitalized in Denver, after suffering what the Glenwood Springs Fire Department calls “significant injuries” when she fell from a 5th-floor balcony at the Hotel Colorado Tuesday. Other than the call coming in just before 11 that morning, that’s all we know at this point. Authorities aren’t clear as to exactly where the girl’s from… her family may be from the front range, or be Glenwood locals. We’ll try to get more information for you.
The Aspen Daily News reports 50-year-old Alan Cohen, who before he got disbarred 7 years ago was a successful St. Louis lawyer, is charged in Aspen with serious financial crimes related to identity theft. Cohen’s expected to appear in Pitkin District Court on the 6th of next month to answer ID theft charges, including criminal possession of a financial device and criminal impersonation. Those are felonies. Cohen’s accused of trying to use forged credit cards, with several other people’s names on them, at high-end Aspen stores including Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Prada. Those stores became suspicious a few days ago, when Cohen went in and out of all of them, trying to use cards with various names, and declining to show the merchants ID. He was intercepted during the attempted spree, by Aspen Police. Cohen was arrested in Indiana 2 years ago, with about 90 fraudulent credit cards in his possession.
Also from the Daily– 35-year-old Robert Lindgren of Morrison has bonded out of jail in Aspen, under court order to stay away from his wife. That’s because he’s charged with domestic violence, as well as reckless endangerment, prohibited use of a gun, and the felonies criminal mischief and menacing with a gun. All that, after he allegedly fired his handgun through the glass door of a local business and condo building, shattering it, during a drunken argument in the couple’s camper lasst weekend. Mrs. Lindgren told Judge Chris Seldin this week she couldn’t remember what their fight was about, and called her husband, in her words, a “great human being.” He’ll be back in court Monday.
And back to the Post-Independent, where Garfield County’s budget committee has presented the commissioners with a proposed 2018 spending plan of nearly $106 million. It projects county revenues of $88 and a half million, with county workers due to get a pay hike of about 2 ½%, as their health insurance costs rise 8 ½%. Commissioner Tom Jankovsky says the budget shows a $17 million deficit, but the county staff insists it’s a balanced proposal. No word on just why there’s such a difference in perception.
This is the 20th anniversary of the death of world-famous singer and longtime Aspen local John Denver. On this date in 1997, the experimental plane the 53-year-old had been flying went down in the Pacific Ocean. Some observances to remember Denver began Wednesday, including a Wheeler Opera House concert by the group John was a member of more than 50 years ago, the New Christy Minstrels. Today there’ll be a celebration of memories at the Pitkin County Library at 11 and 1, a noontime concert by Jeffrey Pine at the Limelight Hotel, a “Rhymes & Reasons” musical remembrance featuring several of Denver’s friends tonight at7:30 at the Wheeler, and there are a lot more events through the weekend. Check the Aspen Times for a complete calendar of all the John Denver memorials coming up the next several days.