News in brief for July 11

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Homeless man arrested on suspicion of assault

A 60-year-old homeless man was arrested Saturday morning when, reportedly unprovoked, he hit a passing pedestrian in the 800 block of Lincoln Avenue, police said.

Herbert Andrew Allaire, 60, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Allaire was standing in front of a restaurant Saturday morning when a man parked his vehicle on the street front of him, Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Dale Coyner said. The man reported that Allaire walked up as if to shake his hand and then swung at his head.

Allaire knocked the man's glasses off, scratched his neck and was yelling and screaming at him to move his car, Coyner said.

Coyner said that the victim was somewhat reluctant to file charges against Allaire, who reportedly has become involved in an increasing number of confrontations in the past few months. At the time of the incident, Allaire was intoxicated, Coyner said.

In the fall, Allaire was given a permanent restraining order from the LIFT-UP food bank and downtown offices. The order came after an incident in which he hit a volunteer with a milk jug.

Coyner said the police department hopes that with the arrest Allaire could get some help.

Man arrested on suspicion of growing mushrooms

An 18-year-old man was arrested Friday night on suspicion of growing psilocybin mushrooms in his residence.

The Steamboat Springs Police Department found the mushroom-growing operation after responding to a domestic dispute earlier that night, police Sgt. Dale Coyner said.

Daniel James Cox, 18, of Steamboat Springs, was arrested on suspicion of violating a restraining order, being a minor in possession of alcohol, possession of a Schedule 2 substance, possession of fireworks and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police arrived at Cox's residence in the 700 block of Tamarack Drive on a verbal domestic dispute call. Cox left the home shortly after police arrived. Police discovered Cox had an active restraining order in place against the other participant in the argument and went to look for Cox, Coyner said.

Police found Cox near Fish Creek Falls Road and Amethyst Drive, and he was taken into custody.

Police later returned to his residence and found items that were part of a mushroom-growing operation. Coyner said they found a spore syringe, materials to grow mushrooms and mushrooms that were starting to grow.

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