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Man reaches plea deal in harassment case

Prosecutors and a 22-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of spray-painting racial slurs and a swastika on a car in August have reached a plea agreement, according to court records.

Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James offered Alex Timothy Hynes an agreement resolving four cases in which he was charged with a variety of crimes including menacing, harassment and violation of probation, all misdemeanors, according to court documents.

Police reports state Hynes was arrested on suspicion of harassment, ethnic intimidation and menacing after several people at a party asked him to leave because he was yelling racial slurs at a black man.

Witnesses said Hynes became enraged and threatened people with a pocketknife.

The next morning, residents found the defaced car and called police.

Hynes on Tuesday pleaded guilty in Routt County District Court to two counts of harassment in two separate cases, Class 3 misdemeanors, and one count of menacing, a Class 2 misdemeanor.

He also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor probation violation of not reporting a change of address. In exchange, a felony probation violation charge will be dropped, according to court documents.

Hynes could face as many as six months in the county jail and as much as a $750 fine. The plea offer states Hynes will face an open sentencing and that his sentences potentially could be served concurrently.

Hynes is scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. Jan. 11.

Kids can pay off library fines with donated food

During December, children can "pay" off their Bud Werner Memorial Library fines while helping local families in need by participating in the library's Food for Fines Program. For every item of nonperishable food a child brings to the library, the library will cancel $1 in overdue fines.

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