Briefs for April 3

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Man's bond set at $50K for alleged sexual assault

A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint had his bond set at $50,000 during a court hearing Monday.

Routt County Court Judge James Garrecht made the decision after hearing Deputy District Andy Heyl's argument for setting the man's bond at $50,000 to protect the community.

Heyl said in addition to allegedly using a weapon during the sexual assault, police found more than 12 weapons at the man's home during a search.

"This is a case involving a rape and then an assault the next day, both involving weapons," Heyl said. "Obviously, there's some concern for community safety."

The man was arrested early Sunday morning at his apartment by Steamboat Springs police officers after a friend of the victim called police to report the incident.

The alleged incident occurred a few days before it was reported, officers said.

The man is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Man arrested after crashing snowmobile

A 28-year-old Alabama man was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving after he crashed a snowmobile he was driving in reverse down a muddy driveway, according to the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Sean Hockaday said Jason McClain of Columbia, Ala., "decided to take a joyride" behind Steamboat Lake Outfitters in Clark when a man in the 60,000 block of Routt County Road 129 confronted McClain about riding the snowmobile on his property.

McClain, who had been drinking, reportedly began driving down the driveway between 10 and 15 mph and then lost control of the snowmobile, rolling it onto its side, Hockaday said.

McClain was not injured, Hockaday said.

McClain is an employee of Steamboat Lake Outfitters, and it has not been determined whether McClain had permission to use the machine, he said.

McClain's bond was set at $750 during a court hearing Monday. He is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 8:30 a.m. April 10.

Girls to Women Conference next week

On April 10, 135 eighth-grade girls will gather at the Steamboat Sheraton Hotel for the ninth annual Girls to Women Conference to discuss career choices as they transition to high school. During the day, girls will interact with a multitude of successful women from Routt County, representing a variety of traditional and more contemporary professions. The conference is organized by more than 100 volunteers. For more information or to volunteer, call Gail Kellogg at 879-9226.

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