Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Steamboat Springs A Steamboat Springs man accused of rape was released from Routt County Jail on Friday after the District Attorney's Office dropped all charges in the case.
The 32-year-old man was arrested March 27 on suspicion of raping a female acquaintance at his Steamboat Springs condominium. He had been charged with third-degree sexual assault, a Class 3 felony, and second-degree false imprisonment, a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Charges were dropped because the "continued investigation has revealed significant exculpatory information which impacts viability of prosecution," according to court documents. Prosecutor Kerry St. James, who filed the motion to dismiss the case, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Bank theft suspect due in court today
One of the two women accused of embezzling more than $1.2 million from Alpine Bank accounts is due to appear in Routt County Court at 2 p.m. today for a status conference.
Routt County resident Terri Dawn Moody Fatka, 41, made her first appearance in Routt County Court last week when her attorney Erick Knaus indicated her case is likely to go to trial.
Fatka and her alleged co-conspirator, Milner resident Pamela Jean Williams, each are charged with two counts of theft more than $20,000, and two counts of forgery, a Class 5 felony.
According to sworn police affidavits, Fatka is suspected of stealing $816,015 through 113 forged bank documents between April 11, 2005 and Jan. 3, 2008.
On April 9, Judge James Garrecht denied Knaus' request to set a preliminary hearing - during which a judge hears all the evidence in the case to determine if the prosecution has shown there is enough cause to take the matter to trial. The District Attorney's Office traditionally does not make plea agreements with defendants who have proceeded to a preliminary hearing.
Williams, who is represented by Charles Feldmann, waived her right to such a hearing last week in Routt County Court. She is due to appear before Judge Shelley Hill at 1 p.m. May 5 in Routt County District Court.