Steamboat briefs for Oct. 12


Bond reduced in vehicular homicide case

— A Routt County judge reduced bond in the case of a man facing vehicular homicide charges from $10,000 to $5,000 during a hearing Wednesday.

Yampa resident Howard Scott Williamson was arrested in September on suspicion of criminally negligent homicide, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, careless driving resulting in death, failing to remain at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident. The charges stemmed from a Sept. 16 accident that killed Mexican sheepherder Quirino Valentin Aguilar.

Garrecht told Williamson he would not be allowed to consume alcohol or drive as a condition of his bond.

Williamson is scheduled to next appear in court at 1 p.m. Oct. 17.

Singers wanted for Handel's "Messiah"

Singers are wanted for holiday performances of Handel's "Messiah," to be held Dec. 22 to 23 at the Steamboat Christian Center. Rehearsals will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, beginning Oct. 30.

The concerts will feature the Steamboat Springs Orchestra and professional soloists, plus a chorus of more than 100 members from the regional community.

Performances are sponsored by the orchestra, Emerald City Opera, Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Rocky Mountain Community College and the Community Chorus. Call Marie Carmichael at 871-4883 with questions.


id04sp 9 years, 6 months ago

This is typical of some of Judge Garrecht's inexcusable conduct on the bench. Sometimes the man is compassionate and right on the mark, and other times he's a danger to us all. This is another example of the latter.

I don't care about the flight risk. I care about a person being free in the community who has so little concern for others that he left the scene of an accident instead of attempting to obtain medical care for a victim who just might have been alive. I believe you still have to be a doctor or a sworn in coroner to declare someone dead, right?

If you find yourself run off the road, sitting down the hillside stuck between a cottonwood tree and the river, bleeding to death, because this guy is out of jail and decided to take another drive, be sure to thank Judge Garrecht with your dying breath. Anybody who thinks this perp would stop to help, or even call the cops to report the accident is smoking dope -- hey, remember the Don Nord case?

Letting this man go free on a $5,000 bond (which probably cost him $500 to $750 paid to a bail bond agent, with a relative putting up collateral for the balance) is just as bad as when they let Ted Bundy escape out the window of the Pitkin County Courthouse. Both of these guys proved they will kill without remorse.

And Judge Garrecht let him out.

Hey, YOU people voted to retain Judge Garrecht last year. You might want to rethink that in about five years when you get another chance.


katrinkakelly 9 years, 6 months ago

Heck, Judge will let you do your time whenever you want to check in and try to remember not to bring your drugs with you like some of the repeat offenders in our area! In paticular the female abusers from what I have heard.


id04sp 9 years, 6 months ago

Gosh, Katy, why would you think that?

We've had one judge already who got into trouble by keeping company with a drug-abusing female. He was removed from office several years ago.

Are you saying there might be another one?


katrinkakelly 9 years, 6 months ago

You are right that did happen, who knows about the "G", but ya better be GRANDFATHERED IN!


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