News in Brief


Man's vehicular assault case moved to Garfield

A 32-year-old Aurora man who was charged with one count of vehicular assault while driving under the influence of alcohol and two counts of child abuse saw his case dismissed in Routt County Court.

Stephen A Pockrus' case was dismissed without prejudice because an investigation showed the offense happened in Garfield County. He will be tried in Garfield County.

In Routt County, Pockrus was charged with causing serious bodily harm to one of the passengers, 12-year-old Katrina Maes, and was charged with child abuse for two other passengers, 14-year-old Erica Fritzi and 13-year-old Shane Burdette. All of the children were from Yampa.

Le Hoopingorner, 20, of Elizabeth, also was a passenger in the car.

On July 6, Pockrus was traveling south on Routt County Road 7 when he drove his 1996 Toyota Tacoma off the road.

Pockrus and his four passengers were taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center on July 6 and released the same day.

Pockrus reportedly drove off the right side of the road and down a steep bank. The truck rolled three-quarters before resting on the driver's side. During the roll, two passengers sitting in the bed of the truck were ejected.

Pockrus was arrested July 6 and released on a $5,000 bond July 7.

Third crash victim

positively identified

The Routt County Coroner's Office has positively identified the third victim in Sunday's plane crash as 24-year-old Kela Stickel of Windsor.

The other two victims, her husband, 24-year-old Windsor resident Keith Stickel, and the plane's pilot, 52-year-old Santa Clara, Calif., resident Walton Chun were positively identified Wednesday.

The Coroner's Office said autopsy and toxicology tests have been completed, but a report has not been released. The autopsies were done by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office.

Brannon Mayer of the National Transportation Safety Board said the 1975 Grumman plane has been recovered from the crash site and taken to an aircraft service company in Greeley.

Mayer said because the post-crash fire burned much of the plane, there was not a lot of evidence to examine.

NTSB will look at the engine.

Mayer said a preliminary report of the plane crash would be available next week.

U.S. Senate candidate

to campaign in Steamboat

Mike Miles, Deomcratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Colorado, will launch his Steamboat Springs and Routt County campaign efforts by holding an informal meeting and walking door to door to meet with area residents Saturday.

Routt County residents are invited to meet Miles at 7:30 a.m. at Creekside Cafe, 131 11th St. After his visit to Steamboat Springs, Miles is scheduled to travel to Craig for a noon meeting with Moffat County voters.

Miles, who lives in Colorado Springs, is a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger trained in counter-terrorism.

Pilot & Today seeking

editorial board volunteers

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting applications for readers interested in serving on the newspaper's Editorial Board.

Two community members will be appointed to serve four-month terms on the board. Applications are due by Aug. 15. The terms will begin Sept. 1.

The newspaper Editorial Board includes publisher Suzanne Schlicht, editor Scott Stanford, city editor Melissa Roddy and reporter Tom Ross. The board meets weekly and reaches consensus on the opinions expressed in the newspaper.

Those interested in serving should send a letter of no more than 500 words explaining why they would be a good choice for the board. Each application must include name, age, occupation and address.

Send applications to editor Scott Stanford by e-mail to; by mail to P.O. Box 774827; Steamboat Springs, CO 80477; or drop them by the Pilot & Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza.


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