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2014 Year in Review: Best of the Blotter






Mack Maschmeier

Dec. 28, 6:41 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a man who was skiing in the middle of the road at River Queen Lane and Clubhouse Drive. The man was gone when police arrived.

Dec. 22, 10:46 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a drunken man laying in a ditch in the 1900 block of Cornice Road. Officers contacted a man who was younger than 21 years old. He was given a summons for minor in possession of alcohol and a ride to his grandfather's house.

Dec. 18, 3:03 a.m. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to help a man who burned his hands with grease while cooking bacon.

Nov. 30, 8:20 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a man who was acting belligerent and yelling inside a restaurant in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue. The man told police he was upset because he slipped on some ice outside the restaurant. Police mediated the situation, and the man left.

Nov. 24, 9:27 p.m. Officers were called to a report of two women not getting along in the 2900 block of Burgess Creek Road. One of the women thought the other one was wearing her shirt. They owned the same shirt.

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Nov. 24, 7:32 p.m. Deputies were called to a report of an assault in the 57500 block of Golden Tide Place in Clark. Two brothers had an argument over chores, and they got into a fight. One brother had a small cut on his back, and the other had red marks and a small cut on his back. The brothers did not want to press charges against each other. One of them left for the night.

Nov. 19, 10:57 a.m. Officers were called to a report of 40 pounds of processed venison meat stolen from the bed of someone's pickup in the 1900 block of Ski Time Square Drive.

Nov. 6, 6:04 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a burglary in the 2700 block of Eagleridge Drive. A woman was walking her dog and noticed feet sticking out of her car. The woman found a man passed out in her car. The man apologized to the woman, and he walked away with a handful of change. About $10 was missing, and the man could not be located.

Oct. 13, 7:41 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of an elk carcass stolen from the back of a pickup truck in the 700 block of South Lincoln Avenue. The elk was found in the area chewed up. It looked like a bear stole the elk.

Oct. 1, 11:10 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a representative from a car security company who said a panic button had been pressed on a car at Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue. The representative could hear a dog barking in the car. Police believe the dog pushed the panic button.

Sept. 18, 11:53 p.m. Officers were called to check on the welfare of a man in the 400 block of Ore House Plaza. Officers contacted a man who was sleeping in a sleeping bag on a grassy hillside. The man said his car had broken down on U.S. Highway 40 and he had gotten a ride into town. He did not have money for a hotel room and had to wait until the next morning to get parts to repair his car. Police advised the man there were bears in the area. As police were explaining this to the man, a bear came out of the bushes about 20 feet away. The man realized this was not a good place to sleep.

Sept. 2, 9:03 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a man in his 20s who was "just acting crazy" and jumping in and out of trash cans in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. He was found and taken to detox.

Aug. 19, 10:06 a.m. Officers were called to a report of someone who smeared bear poop on a car and wrote an expletive in the 500 block of Seventh Street.

Aug. 17, 11:55 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked at Howelsen Hill. Officers heard voices coming from the tennis courts and found some people. The people said they were stargazing because it was one of their friend's last days in Steamboat before going to college.

Aug. 13, 10:49 p.m. Officers and Steamboat firefighters were called to a report of three portable toilets on fire at Howelsen Hill. The toilets burned to the ground, and police did not know who was responsible.

July 30, 5:14 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a man who was leaving for work and found a woman sleeping in his car in the 300 block of 12th Street. The woman was in town for a wedding, had too much to drink and decided to sleep in the car. The owner of the car did not want to pursue charges against the woman.

July 28, 10:57 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a homeowner who discovered a bear eating pistachios in the kitchen in the 2900 block of Alpenglow Way. The bear entered through a screen window in the living room and did not want to leave. Officers used non-lethal methods to scare the bear. It jumped through another window and left.

July 7, 10:37 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a person who wanted to complain about people yelling and cheering too loud at a baseball game at Howelsen Hill. Nothing was done about the complaint.

June 25, 1:16 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a suspicious person at Anglers Drive and South Lincoln Avenue. A man was holding a sign that was asking people to hit him with quarters. Traffic was being disrupted because of the activity.

June 18, 8:18 p.m. Officers were called to a report of several kids chasing a bear in the 1400 block of Pine Grove Road. An adult told them to stop, but the kids did not listen. The bear eventually ran away.

June 5, 8:18 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident. An elementary school student reported seeing a "creepy guy" at the carnival.

June 1, 6:16 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 800 block of Howelsen Parkway. A softball team was practicing and hitting several home runs over the fence. The balls were landing in the volleyball and tennis court areas, disturbing other players.

May 29, 9:13 p.m. Officers were called to help a man who got locked in a bathroom at Fetcher Park. The bathroom automatically locks at 9 p.m., and the man did not see the button to unlock the door while inside the bathroom. Officers told the man about the button, and he got out.

May 27, 11:33 p.m. Officers contacted a suspicious car at Clearwater Trail. Two people were being romantic, and they were told to relocate.

May 13, 10:08 a.m. Officers were called to a report of an elderly man who left a gas station without paying for $2.62 in gas. He returned and paid for the gas.

April 2, 6:49 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a man who stole two cartons of eggs at a grocery store in the 1800 block of Central Park Drive. The man reportedly had returned to the store after attempting to steal eggs earlier in the day. The man was allowed to pay for the eggs the first time. The man told police the government was stealing from people, and the government should be arrested. The 79-year-old man told police he had a childhood brain injury and was forgetful. The man also got irritated and told police he was going to write a song about the incident. The man was given a citation.

May 25, 12:46 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a noise complaint in the 700 block of Yampa Street. The report was unfounded, and the woman who reported it was issued a citation for false reporting. The woman used to live at the condo, was evicted and does not get along with her former roommate.

April 6, 4:53 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a car that was stolen on Blackmer Drive. The car was not stolen. Police found the car high centered on some boulders way down the hill and determined it rolled there because the driver forgot to set the parking brake.

March 23, 1:25 a.m. Officers were called to a report of an intoxicated hot dog stand employee who had fallen down a flight of stairs near the stand at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. After the man fell down, a co-worker waved down a nearby officer. The intoxicated man was cleared medically and released to a sober person.

March 15, 11:15 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident at Howelsen Hill. A group of teens was contacted. They were reportedly doing a science project.

Feb. 27, 7:10 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a suspicious incident in the 800 block of Yampa Street. A parent reported that his or her child was playing a game of Minecraft online when the person the child was playing with told the child he or she was "coming to get them." The parent wanted the incident documented by police.

Jan. 7, 2:35 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a drunken man who was lost and possibly in the 2100 block of Mount Werner Circle. Police located a man in an office building at a condo complex. Two doors had been damaged, and there were holes in the wall. A fire alarm also had been pulled. According to police, the man told them he broke into the building because he was cold, and he pulled a fire alarm because he was lost and needed help. A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief and second-degree trespassing.

Jan. 6, 12:34 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a disturbance at a hotel in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle. A man reportedly was running around in a bikini and exposing himself. A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of indecent exposure.

Jan. 5, 11:28 a.m. Officers were called to a report of a Mercedes that had been keyed in the 1100 block of Bangtail Way. The person who keyed the vehicle also left two notes that read "learn to drive (expletive)" and "Just because you drive a Mercedes doesn't entitle you to take up two spots." Police were unable to locate the person responsible for the vandalism.

Jan. 5, 1:57 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a suspicious man at Walton Creek Road and Whistler Road who was hitchhiking and pushing ice into the road. The man told police he was trying to build a snowman. Police told him he couldn't build it in the road and needed to remove the block of ice.

Jan. 5, 9:30 p.m. Officers were called to a report of a drunken person who was passed out and snoring in a bathroom stall at a tavern in the 700 block of Yampa Street.