Briefs for Oct. 9, 2003

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Man charged with arson released on bond

Jeffery Kyle Rigdon, a 34-year-old Breckenridge man charged with two counts of fourth-degree arson, was released from the Routt County Jail on Wednesday on a personal recognizance bond.

Rigdon had been in the Routt County Jail since Sept. 3 on charges he started a fire earlier in the day that destroyed a manufactured home and two vehicles along Routt County Road 14E.

Rigdon appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday for a status hearing. Another status hearing was set for Nov. 12. Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann said they were working on a plea offer with the District Attorney's Office.

Rigdon told Routt County Judge James Garrecht on Wednesday that he would like to be released from jail because he has to make child support payments.

At a Sept. 17 hearing, Rigdon's bail was lowered from $5,000 to $1,000, which he could not make. A personal recognizance bond is one that is secured only by a written promise to appear in court when required.

At the Sept. 17 hearing, Public Defender Gale Morrison said that if Rigdon could not bond out of jail, he could serve more time than what the charges would bring.

At that hearing, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James said Rigdon has had five other encounters with the law and each time he failed to appear in court.

In a previous court appearance, Rigdon said the fire was an accident. Routt County sheriff's investigators said the fire started when Rigdon dumped camping fuel over hot coals in a stove in the mobile home.

Man gets six months for break-in at Howelsen yurt

An 18-year-old Steamboat Springs man received six months in jail and agreed to pay $599 in restitution fees for breaking into a yurt at Howelsen Hill and stealing $80 worth of soda and candy.

Brock Davis Cook was sentenced in Routt County Court on Wednesday. In a previous court appearance, he pleaded guilty to trespassing and theft in the yurt case and guilty to theft of a bicycle in a second case.

Cook was arrested early July 29. On a routine check, the Steamboat Springs Police Department noticed the yurt had been broken into. The hut houses the ticket and concession stand for the Howler Alpine Slide.

Later that night, police found Cook and two juveniles walking along the bike path near Dream Island. The contents in Cook's backpack matched the items missing in the yurt. Cook eventually admitted to taking $21 worth of soda and $59 worth of candy, police said.

Man pleads guilty in use of construction crane

Edmond Charles Hanson, a 24-year-old Denver man, pleaded guilty to a criminal mischief charge Wednesday.

The charged stemmed from an Aug. 30 incident in which Hanson and Jonathan Daniel Rainbow, a 25-year-old Denver man, were arrested on suspicion of breaking into and operating a crane at the construction site of the Chadwick condominium development.

Hanson and Rainbow, who appeared in court last month, were sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation and 100 hours of community service. The two will split the damage payment of $800.

In the plea agreement, the District Attorney's Office dropped charges of first-degree criminal trespass and theft.

Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said the two threw a rock through the crane's window to get into it. The crane was at the construction site at the intersection of Village Drive and AprÃs Ski Way. The two found a manual on how to operate the crane and started it, Fiebing said.

When police arrested the pair, they found the manual in one man's possession.

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