Thursday, September 27, 2007
Steamboat Springs The District Attorney's Office has dismissed charges against Steamboat Springs resident Gregory Kay Forney.
Forney was arrested June 24 on suspicion of obstructing a police officer during an incident involving Forney's teenage son and his son's friends.
Court documents indicate that the DA's Office asked for the misdemeanor charge to be dismissed Sept. 5. Routt County Judge James Garrecht dismissed the charges the same day in open court. The DA's Office never filed a formal motion to dismiss the charge, and there was no document indicating why the charge was dismissed.
Jay Cranmer, who handled the case, has since left the DA's Office.
The DA's Office is currently not able to receive phone calls, due to complications from moving in to the Routt County Justice Center. A hand-delivered message requesting information to the DA's Office was not returned Wednesday.
Forney said he was arrested after he failed to comply with a Routt County Sheriff's Office deputy's request that Forney stop interfering with a traffic stop the deputies had made. Forney said he was standing on public property observing the stop, and was not interfering with police.
Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall said he looked into Forney's claims and spoke with both officers that were handling the incident.
"I believe the officers responded in an appropriate manner based on (Forney's) actions," he said. "I do not believe they overreacted."
VNA seeking volunteers for general office duties
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, a nonprofit organization, is seeking volunteers to perform general office duties. Hours are flexible. Contact Laura at 879-1632 or stop in at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, for more information.
Volunteers needed for YVMC information desk
Yampa Valley Medical Center is seeking volunteers for the lobby information desk. Shifts are 8 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If interested, call volunteer services coordinator Mindy Fontaine at 870-1146.
Optimist Club accepting Teen of the Month forms
The Steamboat Springs Optimist Club is now accepting applications for its Teen of the Month program. Area high school students can pick up applications from school counselors or call Rob MacCarthy at 871-7179. The Teen of the Month program culminates in a recognition dinner in May for all of the teens and their parents, and a scholarship is awarded to the student chosen as Teen of the Year.