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Steamboat police officer suspended

Feldman arrested Saturday on suspicion of domestic violence

Melinda Dudley

— A Steamboat Springs police officer has been suspended in the wake of his arrest on domestic violence charges Saturday.

Leland Craig Feldman, 43, was arrested Saturday by Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies on suspicion of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge of third-degree assault. Feldman has been a patrol officer with the Steamboat Springs Police Department since March.

Feldman is suspended while the police department completes its internal investigation into the incident, which likely will take several weeks, Capt. Joel Rae said Wednesday.

“We cannot comment on the aspects of that investigation at this time,” Rae said.

Feldman did not return calls made to his home Wednesday.

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is handling the criminal aspect of Feldman’s case.

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Deputies responded to a report of a domestic dispute between Feldman and an unidentified female in Stagecoach on Saturday afternoon, which resulted in his arrest, Investigator Ken Klinger said. No significant injuries were reported, Klinger said.

Full details about the incident were not available Wednesday, as the investigation continues and the arresting officers have not yet filed their reports, Klinger said.

“I know that there was physical contact,” Klinger said. “It was enough that our guys, following their on-scene investigation, took him into custody.”

Conviction on the misdemeanor charge undoubtedly would result in Feldman’s termination.

“Anybody who is convicted of domestic violence in Colorado cannot possess a gun, and if you cannot possess a gun, you cannot be a police officer,” Rae said.

Feldman is due to appear in Routt County Court at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 18.

Local man arrested in Sundance Plaza burglary

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of breaking into a physical therapy facility in Sundance Plaza.

Police responded to reports of the sound of glass breaking and a broken window at Steamboat Spine and Sports Physical Therapy at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Ian Brady Noyer, 23, still was on scene when Steamboat Springs police officers arrived. He had blood on his pants and scratches consistent with climbing through a broken window, and he appeared to be intoxicated, Rae said.

Noyer subsequently was arrested on suspicion of felony second-degree burglary, and misdemeanor theft and criminal mischief. Noyer allegedly entered the physical therapy business by throwing a large rock through a window adjacent to the main entrance, Rae said.

“A computer had been kicked in and damaged, and a candy dish that was removed from a desk inside the business (was found) in his possession,” Rae said. Officers also found Noyer’s backpack and cell phone inside the office, Rae said.

Business went on as usual on Wednesday – minus the boarded-up window – at Steamboat Spine and Sports Physical Therapy, owner and office manager Michael Loomis said.

Noyer has no known connections to the business, and he did not access any patient records, Loomis said.

Tuesday night’s break-in appeared to be “just a random act of violence,” Loomis said.

After his arrest, Noyer was transported via ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where he was treated for a two-inch laceration on his thigh and then was transported to Routt County Jail.

Noyer remained in custody Wednesday. Bail was set at $10,000 during his advisement Wednesday afternoon in Routt County Court.

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