Marmon makes court appearance

Man accused of shooting at excavating crew

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— A Steamboat Springs man accused of shooting at two men excavating rock on the Yampa River was ordered Friday to stay away from the workers.

Russell Dean Marmon, 45, cannot make any contact with the two Miller Excavating employees he reportedly fired two shots at Thursday morning, Routt County Judge James Garrecht said.

Garrecht also ordered Marmon to stay away from his home at 20 Dream Island Plaza and the entire Dream Island Mobile Home Community.

"It was a pretty bizarre incident," Garrecht said.

Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James recommended the restraining order because of Marmon's alleged behavior toward the workers and his comment to police that he would shoot the workers if they came back again.

Marmon was reportedly upset with a river excavation project behind his home.

The city hired Miller Excavating to place boulders in the riverbed to improve fish habitat and create additional recreation areas for tubers and kayakers.

Police said Marmon told them he didn't want the workers "messing up the river."

Marmon told the court Friday that he couldn't recall much of the incident.

"Too much whiskey," he said.

Steamboat Springs police said Marmon appeared to be intoxicated when he was arrested.

One of Marmon's friends pleaded with Garrecht to lessen the scope of the restraining order. The woman said Marmon had never demonstrated violent behavior before.

"I don't think that a restraining order from his own home is necessary," she said.

No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred behind a trailer adjacent to Marmon's home, according to police reports.

Police traced Marmon's footprints from the riverbank to a nearby trailer and surrounded the mobile home.

When Marmon saw officers at the door, he voluntarily walked out and officers arrested him. Two other men who were inside the trailer walked out at officers' request but were not arrested.

Officers confiscated the .45-caliber Ruger pistol Marmon reportedly used in the shooting, as well as two empty casings from his neighbors' trailer and three bullets from his pocket.

Workers from Miller Excavating returned to the job site Thursday afternoon. Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said officers would monitor the area.

"We'll be doing extra patrols there quite a bit until the project is done," Fiebing said.

Marmon was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing, prohibited use of a weapon, illegal discharge of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

Garrecht set his bond at $10,000 Friday, and Marmon posted bail a few hours later.

He is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, when the District Attorney's Office is expected to file formal charges.

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