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Veteran sues University of Northern Colorado coed after false rape accusation
Gilpin County prosecutor's ex-wife accused of murder-for-hire plot while working as prostitute and diamond smuggler
Evidence exonerates 9th judicial district prosecutor
Elinor Dvir acquitted by Jefferson County jury
Colorado Springs woman sought on suspicion of shooting man in face with shotgun
University of Colorado coed tapes boyfriend's puppy to refrigerator
Abby Toll found with heroin while being booked
You're male, you're also guilty
On way to DV shelter wife swerves across three lanes and on to sidewalk to run over husband in Montrose
Colorado Springs woman goes berserk in jealous rage and rams couple on motorcycle
Three-way sex precedes woman stabbing her two paramours in Niwot
Complain about a female public official in Denver and get slapped with a restraining order
Cops search for Colorado Springs woman after she stabs ex-boyfriend
Aurora woman accused in sex assault on teen
Wife's boyfriend stabs husband outside Arapahoe County District Courthouse
Colorado Springs woman torches husband's clothes
Abstracted from story by Monte Whaley, The Denver Post
January 9, 2009 A former University of Northern Colorado student who was banned from the campus because of a false accusation of rape is now suing his accuser in Greeley.
Paul Seabrooks, 23, now a psychology student at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, filed suit in Weld County District Court (19 th Judicial District) on January 9 th claiming Ceta Mercadal, with whom he had sex in fall of 2006, owes him at least $30,000 for lost income and destroying his reputation at the school.
“I remember sitting in jail, thinking to myself that I may never get out of here,” Seabrooks said. “And she was outside, living her life, not really thinking about what she put me through.”
Ms. Mercadal claimed Seabrooks raped her in the fall of 2006 after her mother discovered a check to Planned Parenthood had bounced, according to the lawsuit. Ceta Mercadal declined to comment when contacted by the Denver Post on Friday, March 20, 2009.
Seabrooks said while a student at UNC he worked at the school's Marcus Garvey Center, trying to unify the black students on campus. He met the woman at the Garvey Center and on September 16, 2006, she invited him to her room at Belford Hall on the University of Northern Colorado campus.
The two had consensual sex, followed by Seabrooks' leaving to get a sandwich. Ms. Mercadal buzzed Seabrooks back into the dorm and let him back into her room, where they had sex for a second time, according to the suit.
They discussed her getting the morning-after pill and two days later the woman messaged Seabrooks telling him she had obtained the pill. But when Ceta Mercadal's mother discovered the check used to pay for the pill had bounced, Ceta “concocted a story of sexual assault,” the lawsuit states.
As a result Paul Seabrooks was charged with sexual assault. But prosecutors dropped the case in February 2007, before his preliminary hearing, suggesting the evidence against him was extraordinarily weak or nonexistent.
Nonetheless, Seabrooks was expelled from the university, and his picture was displayed on the University of Norther Colorado's website as one of 14 people banned from campus in a longstanding practice such universities have of presuming men guilty even when proven innocent. His photo was also distributed in the local media, according to the lawsuit. One might speculate as to whether the fact that Paul Seabrooks is black was a factor in this draconian treatment? But it appears to be men in general that universities discriminate against.
As a result of the false allegations Paul Seabrooks lost his student loans, including funds from his GI Bill. He was also evicted from his apartment, owned by Vintage Corporation, who filed charges of forcible entry and detainer against him on December 14, 2006, according to court records. Student comments suggest Vintage Corporation has a seedy practice of keeping security deposits as well and their criminal charges against Mr. Seabrooks were dismissed a few week later on January 4, 2007.
Abstracted from story on The DenverChannel.com
March 16, 2009 The ex-wife of a Pitkin County prosecutor was arrested this week, accused of trying to have him killed so she could have full custody of their daughter.
Elinor Dvir, 36, was arrested Sunday in Denver on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder and is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on $100,000 bond. On Saturday Ms. Dvir told an undercover police officer posing as a hit man that she'd give him $2,000 to kill her ex-husband, Richard Nedlin, and make it look like an accident, according to court documents. Nedlin is a deputy district attorney who lives and works in Aspen.
Ms. Dvir and Nedlin are in a contentious custody battle, and Dvir told the undercover officer that killing Nedlin was the only way to get her daughter back, according to court records.
Police started investigating after Dvir allegedly approached an acquaintance and asked if he knew anyone who would kill her ex-husband. Ms. Dvir initially tried to hire the confidential informant to kill Nedlin, authorities said. The acquaintance, a confidential informant for the police, then contacted law enforcement officers and alerted them to Dvir's alleged plot. The informant also told police that Ms. Dvir worked as a prostitute, advertising on Craigslist under the name Capri and working for the Denver Metro VIP Escort Service.
Ms. Dvir, a native of Israel, told the informant that she'd been arrested and served 18 months in jail for “importing diamonds from Israel.” Court records confirm the sentence. She said the jail term was another reason she was mad at her ex-husband and wanted him dead.
The informant said he met Dvir through the Denver Metro VIP Escort Service, and that she said she had been fired from the escort service for not turning in all of her receipts, according to the affidavit. The informant said he would drive her around to jobs and that's how they became better acquainted over two weeks.
The undercover officer met Ms. Dvir at her home on South Grant Street the afternoon of March 15, 2009, and she described to him the kind of car Nedlin drives, his habits and the floor plan of his house in Aspen.
She explained that she would immediately be suspected if her ex-husband was killed so she wanted to make it looked like an accident, or for the hit man to leave no trace, according to the affidavit.
“My biggest fear is that they (the police) are going to come after me. I could lose my green card, get deported, and go to jail for a life time. That's why I didn't want to make him gone from this earth, maybe just make him a veggie...because if he's dead, I'm dead,” Dvir told the undercover officer, according to the affidavit. “I don't want a body laying around...If it's an accident, it's an accident. If the body disappeared, that's fine. But I'd prefer it to look like an accident, like stuff his body with cocaine, like an overdose. It's got to be done in a very smart way.”
A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, confirms Dvir was in their custody on an immigration hold from December, 2005 through September 11, 2007, but is now a U.S. resident.
Troy Hooper, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
April 27, 2009 Even though U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services implicated an Aspen prosecutor for domestic violence, there is little proof he did anything wrong.
The federal agency freed 9 th Judicial District deputy attorney Richard Nedlin's ex-wife, Elinor Dvir, after determining she endured spousal abuse. But U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services never contacted Nedlin for his side of the story, according to Jeremy Bernstein, a divorce attorney for Nedlin.
“Once a spouse files a petition under [the Violence Against Women Act], the spouse accused of domestic violence is deemed to be a witness with no credibility. The [accused] does not testify, is not given a right to appear, he doesn't even know what's going on,” Bernstein said in an interview Friday.
He said the result of Dvir's immigration case grossly violated American standards of due process. “It was a complete star-chamber proceeding,” he said. [As most VAWA-mandated processes are.]
The domestic violence allegation led to the sealing of Dvir's immigration file. The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services declined comment for this story.
The Violence Against Women Act is intended to shield foreigners who are victims of physical or mental domestic abuse from U.S. immigration laws. [But makes a perfect way for foreign women and men, spies included, to obtain American citizenship while destroying the citizen.]
After the Violence Against Women Act sprung Dvir from an immigration detention center in Aurora in 2007, she allegedly began plotting to kill Nedlin. Investigators in Jefferson County, where she resides, recorded her negotiating with an undercover cop posing as a hit man, a police affidavit alleges. At her scheduled preliminary hearing in Golden last week, her public defender brought up the Violence Against Women Act in arguments to the court, and Dvir's friends sitting in the audience fingered Nedlin as an abuser after the hearing ended.
But even though there were 911 calls to service Nedlin's residence in which Dvir accused him of assault, Aspen police found no credibility to Dvir's claims, an Aspen Daily News check of multiple public databases revealed. Nedlin was never arrested for a crime and the only thing staining his record is a traffic case.
A judge also granted Nedlin custody of he and Dvir's 4-year-old daughter, the central figure of an ugly custody battle that is raging between the exes.
District Attorney Martin Beeson said concern over Dvir's claims surfaced when Nedlin emerged from law school and applied to be a prosecutor a year ago.
“We did receive word from the Aspen Police Department that they had some concern over these allegations,” Beeson said in an interview.
“I've spoken to Richard, I've looked at the allegations, I've seen what the judge has ruled from the bench [in Nedlin's divorce case] and this woman who is trying to hire someone to murder Richard has no credibility. In my opinion, all of the allegations this vile excuse for a human being is making are false and being used to get leverage against Richard in the child custody proceeding.”
Ms. Dvir, 36, is an Israeli citizen who has been in the country for 12 years. She remains in Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. She is charged with solicitation to commit murder and solicitation to commit first-degree assault. [But she is safe from any charges of immigration fraud because she claims to be an abused woman.]
On May 27, 1010, a Jefferson County jury acquitted Elinor Dvir of charges that she hired a hit man to kill her ex-husband, Aspen deputy district attorney Richard Niedlin. This was the second trial in the case. The trial in April resulted in a hung jury.
As noted above, prosecutors claimed she had offered $2,000 to an undercover police officer to kill Niedlin but were unable to prove their case before a jury.
Abstracted from story in the Colorado Springs Gazette
March 23, 2009 A 25-year-old woman is being sought on suspicion of shooting a man in the face with a shotgun early Monday after an apparent dispute, Colorado Springs police said.
Dillion Mohrbutter, 22, of Colorado Springs was shot in the face with a shotgun at a house in the 1500 block of Diana Lane about 5 AM by Margo Eck, 25. Ms. Eck is described as a petite blue-eyed blonde weighing less than 100 pounds.
Shawn Burke, the homeowner, told police Ms. Eck and Mohrbutter were fighting when Burke pushed Dillion Mohrbutter back, causing them to fall. As they fell Shawn Burke heard a gunshot and “looked right to see Margo with what he described as a long-barrel rifle” according to Colorado Springs Detective Donald Chagnon.
Margo Eck was apparently angry because police had discovered her car abandoned at the scene of a disturbance on North Chestnut Street three days earlier. Police then impounded her car because Ms. Eck had outstanding warrants on prior domestic violence related charges according to court documents.
A neighbor who called 911 after the shooting said he had called police about 4 AM to complain about noise from the house. After officers showed up in response to that call the residents turned down the music, the neighbor said, but apparently quiet didn't last long.
An hour later, Bobby Spotts, who lives on Happiness Drive, said a man with a gunshot wound came to his home. “It was very disturbing. The guy's face, half his face was missing,” he said. But his injuries were minor enough that he was treated and released from a local hospital.
Spotts and other neighbors said the house is often busy at night, with many cars coming and going. The residents have lived in the rental for about two months, they said.
Margo Eck was arrested in Denver on March 31, 2009, by Denver police who were conducting a separate investigation at a hotel. She faces charges of attempted first-degree murder.
April 14, 2009 A University of Colorado coed faced felony animal abuse charges after she taped her boyfriend's dog to the side of a refrigerator in a bid to teach the rambunctious animal a “lesson” and repeatedly slapped and struck her boyfriend.
According to police Abby Toll, age 20, used clear packing tape to tape her boyfriend's dog (a Shiba Inu named Rex) to the refrigerator in the kitchen of his apartment. Ms. Toll was angry at Bryan Beck, 21, for failing to get rid of the dog, which, Ms. Toll told cops, bit her a few days ago.
Boulder Police Department reports state they responded at 5 AM to a “report of a male and female yelling” at Beck's apartment. Upon arrival they discovered that “Rex's body was completely encased in packing tape.” When Officer Kara Jurczenia asked what was on the side of the refrigerator Ms. Toll replied, “The dog.” She added, “I know this looks really bad, but the dog bites. He is aggressive.”
Jurczenia asked how long the dog had been taped upside down to the side of the refrigerator. “Not long,” Ms. Toll replied. “Like 20-30 minutes. It was just until he calmed down.” The reports note that when Beck saw his dog stuck to the refrigerator, he told Abby Toll, “Take him down,” adding, “You are so sick!” Ms. Toll, who apparently has a bit of narcissism among other problems, replied, “No, you are sick for not caring enough about me to get rid of the dog.”
Officers also noticed the dog was missing a patch of hair on its right side. When queried Ms. Toll stated that they had been trying to give the dog a bath and the water was scalding because his skin started melting off. It is unknown whether that is the time when the dog reportedly bit her.
The animal, whose paws had been bound with elastic hair ties, was clearly in pain and “yelped and screamed loudly” as police officers worked to free him. “Rex just lay motionless, but breathing, on his kennel after he was removed from the tape.” The dog was handed over to the Boulder Valley Humane Society. Ms. Toll, seen in the above mug shot, was turned over to county jailers.
Bryan Beck told police that Abby Toll attacked him repeatedly slapping him in the face after he told her that taping the dog to the refrigerator was sick. The police report indicated he had a small contusion on the upper left side of his forehead. When asked why he didn't try to stop Ms. Toll from abusing the dog he replied: “You don't know her, that would have made things worse.”
Bryan Beck was arrested on domestic violence charges involving false imprisonment and obstructing Abby Toll's use of her cell phone. Apparently he had stood in the door as she was attempting to leave after taping up the dog so that he could talk to her. While he stood in the doorway she repeatedly slapped him. He did not forcefully restrain her or physically retaliate and they were at a standoff when police arrived.
Abby Toll was arrested at the scene on charges of third-degree assault, criminal tampering, and cruelty to animals.
According to the April 16, 2009 Denver Post (p. 2B) and the Boulder Daily Camera police found a trace amount of heroin while booking Abby Toll into jail Tuesday.
Officers who booked Toll into jail Tuesday found a “black substance” in a small tin-foil bundle she was carrying, according to a supplemental police report released Wednesday. She described it to officers as “opiates,” and the substance tested positive for heroin, police said.
Ms. Toll now also faces a felony charge of introducing a controlled substance and a felony charge of sale and distribution of a controlled substance. She was released April 15 th on a $12,500 bond.
On April 13, 2010, a Boulder jury found Abby Kimball Toll, now age 21, guilty of aggravated animal cruelty, a class 6 felony, for taping her boyfriend's dog to a refrigerator. The felony drug charge against Ms. Toll was previously dismissed by the district attorney on October 27, 2009. Additional charges of misdemeanor assault involving domestic violence, a class 1 misdemeanor, were dismissed on April 10, 2010, apparently after Ms. Toll successfully competed treatment. And a class 2 misdemeanor charge of tampering with intent to cause injury, inconvenience, or annoy was dismissed by the district attorney on November 3, 2009.
During closing arguments at her trial the prosecutor, Lisa Pearson, described how Ms. Toll methodically collected hair ties and packing tape from around the apartment to bind the dog's snout and legs before taping him to the refrigerator.
Ms. Toll's defense attorney, George Kokus, attempted to use the time-worn “abuse excuse” that Ms. Toll was under the control of her boyfriend and didn't have the state of mind to knowingly torture the dog. Like most juries today, this jury didn't buy the feminist ideological line and quickly convicted her. On July 9, 2010, Ms. Toll was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation by District Judge Maria Berkenkotter after her Class 6 felony conviction involving animal cruelty and domestic violence. The statutory minimum sentence for a Class 6 felony conviction is one year in prison but Ms. Toll is, after all, a cute, young female and the law doesn't apply.
But naturally her boyfriend, Bryan Adam Beck, could not be entirely innocent. He was charged with obstructing telephone service, a class 1 misdemeanor, false imprisonment, a class 2 misdemeanor, both with domestic violence added. He was also charged with cruelty to animals neglect and mistreatment, a class 2 misdemeanor without a DV add-on charge. The telephone obstruction and false imprisonment charges were dismissed on July 16, 2009, but he pled guilty to the animal cruelty charge on that date. For that conviction he received a deferred sentence on one year unsupervised probation apparently without a domestic violence rider. Obviously the whole affair was Bryan's fault even though it may be difficult for unbelievers to understand why he is guilty of animal abuse because his lunachic girlfriend taped his dog to the refrigerator.
Abstracted from various sources
Montrose Daily Press
Grand Junction Sentinel
May 29, 2009 Sharon Gibson, 32, was arrested May 27 th for second-degree assault, domestic violence, reckless driving, and child abuse. Montrose County Judge John Mitchel ordered her held on $2,500 bond.
Montrose Police Department Cmdr. Gene Lillard said Sharon Gibson had her two children with her in the car when she struck her husband, 29-year-old Matt Gibson with her blue sedan.
Cmdr. Lillard said the Gibsons had been arguing Tuesday night, and the husband decided to stay at a motel in the 200 block of North Townsend Avenue. He left the motel early Wednesday morning. “She was waiting in the area when he came out,” Lillard said.
Witnesses told police Sharon Gibson made an abrupt left-hand turn across three lanes of traffic and headed right for her husband as he stood on the sidewalk. “He basically saw a blinker from an automobile,” Cmdr. Lillard said. “The next thing he knew, he had been struck by a car.”
Cmdr. Lillard said the impact tossed Matt Gibson onto the hood of the car before he rolled onto the ground. A Montrose County sheriff's sergeant saw the collision and testified Matt Gibson was thrown onto the hood of Sharon Gibson's vehicle, then rolled off to the ground, sustaining “road rash” and bruises.
Sharon Gibson told police she was on her way to a domestic-violence shelter in Delta with the children, and the kids wanted to talk to their father. She claimed in court that the police have it all wrong. At her advisement Thursday afternoon she stated there was never any intent of harming her husband, Matthew, and tearfully pleaded for a personal recognizance bond.
She said what had happened Wednesday morning “absolutely no way was me making that turn into that parking lot to hurt Matt.” She said she and the children were on their way to the Delta safe house when one of the kids spotted Matt Gibson. “I was told, 'There's Daddy,'” Sharon Gibson related, and said she turned sharply so that everyone could tell Matt Gibson “bye.” Instead, she claimed the vehicle accidentally bumped Matt. “I swear to you, sir, no way was that intentional,” Ms. Gibson told Judge John Mitchel. She also said she hadn't been angry with her husband at the time of the incident.
Assistant District Attorney Jerry Montgomery stated during the hearing that the prosecution opposed minimum bail for the following reasons:
Sharon Gibson had a misdemeanor theft conviction in 1998,
Sharon Gibson failed to appear in 2001,
Sharon Gibson violated a restraining order issued in a domestic violence case in 2003, and
Sharon Gibson pled guilty in 2006 to harassment and domestic violence.
Ms. Gibson appealed to Judge Mitchel at the conclusion of Thursday's hearing, saying she would do anything for “one shot” at a personal recognizance bond. She said was experiencing panic attacks in jail and hadn't been able to eat. Likely these are not the only neuroses this lunachic suffers from.
“I promise you, it was not intentional,” she said. “Nothing was ever to try to hurt Matt. I do not have any money.” She then teared up again when Judge Mitchel set bond at $2,500, and again said she had no means of making bail. But we might expect that local redfem groups will use taxpayer funds to bail her out.
Matt Gibson, who appears intent on signing his own death certificate, said he didn't oppose a personal recognizance bond. He said he didn't believe his wife intended to hit him. “I think she just pulled in a little fast,” he said. “I feel like she needs to be able to see her kids and her kids need to be able to see her.” The EJF disagrees! This woman needs mental health care.
He even offered move out of their apartment if she was released, so that the kids could have a place to stay and she wouldn't be in the position of violating a no-contact order that was also issued Thursday. Of course her record shows she pays no attention to restraining orders anyway.
Abstracted from story by Lance Benzel, Colorado Springs Gazette
June 12, 2009 A Colorado Springs woman who spotted her husband on a Harley with another woman on the back went after them in a jealous rage and tried to run the pair over with her car, police said this morning.
Joyce Colangelo, 48, was driving drunk on South Academy Boulevard about 7:50 PM Thursday when she saw the pair in the oncoming lanes.
Ms. Colangelo turned around, caught up with the 1974 Harley Davidson and rammed it several times with her Pontiac Sunfire.
Richard Roever and his passenger, 42-year-old Diedre Herrera, went down against a curb in the 1700 block of Academy, about halfway between Fountain Boulevard and Chelton Road.
Witnesses said Joyce Colangelo drove over the downed motorcycle, and then backed up in an apparent attempt run them over. That's when a Good Samaritan intervened and placed his vehicle between her and the victims, forcing Ms. Colangelo to stop her advance, police said.
“She might have been successful if it wasn't for the Samaritan,” Colorado Springs police spokesman Darrin Abbink said.
Investigators believe the attack was motivated by jealousy but they are still looking into the woman's claims that she is married to Roever, Abbink said.
Roever, who appeared to be seriously injured in the crash, jumped into another Good Samaritan's car and was dropped off near Memorial Hospital, at Union Boulevard and Boulder Street.
He did not check into the hospital and went missing until police received word this morning that he had checked into a Pueblo hospital, Abbink said. Detectives were being sent to Pueblo to interview him about the ordeal.
Diedre Herrera suffered only minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital, Abbink said. He said she “hasn't been very cooperative with the investigation.”
Police intend to pursue two counts of attempted murder against Ms. Colangelo, as well as driving under the influence, Abbink said. She is being held without bond at the El Paso County jail.
Abstracted from stories in the Denver Post and Boulder Daily Camera
June 30, 2009 A three-way sexual encounter led to violence with 30-year-old Serena M. Brooks stabbing two men with a knife as they wrestled on the floor, Boulder authorities said.
The incident happened early Tuesday in a Murray Street home in Old Niwot after two men returned from a local bar and had sex with Ms. Brooks, the Sheriff's Office said in a media release.
Police identified the stabbing victims as 28-year-old Ruffin Griffin, Brooks' boyfriend; and Clint Cadigan, 27.
A 6-month-old child was home at the time of the incident, police said. The child was asleep and not injured, but the adults were in no condition to properly supervise him, and the drug paraphernalia created a hazard.
According to the sheriff's report, the door to the bedroom was left open during the drug use, three-way sex, and fighting and stabbing so Ms. Brooks could hear if the child cried.
According to Boulder County sheriff's officials, Ruffin Griffin and Clint Cadigan left a Niwot bar together about 11:30 PM and went to the house where Griffin lives with Ms. Brooks and their 6-month-old son.
A sheriff's report said all three of the adults started using methamphetamine and then engaged in three-way sex. Investigators believe that in addition to the methamphetamine the trio used marijuana and alcohol.
At some point during the threesome the men began to argue and “fell to the floor” during a physical fight.
While they were fighting, Ms. Brooks grabbed a steak knife that “they had been using to scrape the methamphetamine as they smoked it,” the report said. When the men wouldn't stop fighting, Serena Brooks stabbed them both in the back supposedly “in an attempt to break up the fight.”
After being stabbed Griffin allegedly hit Brooks in the face before leaving the home with his friend. The two men then drove together early Tuesday to Boulder Community Hospital to be treated for their injuries. Hospital staff reported the stabbings to police and one of the men required surgery.
A hospital spokeswoman said Cadigan remained in intensive care Wednesday in fair condition. Griffin was discharged Wednesday afternoon. Ms. Brooks was reportedly treated for minor injuries to her face (not evident in mug shot) but was not hospitalized.
Ms. Brooks was arrested on suspicion of felony first-degree assault and misdemeanor child abuse, police said. She was being held at Boulder County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Brooks does not have a prior arrest record in Colorado.
Ruffin Griffin was charged with third-degree assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.
Clint Cadigan, who was still hospitalized, has been charged with child abuse.
© 2009 by Christopher N. Osher, The Denver Post
September 9, 2009 A former top official at Denver's Parks and Recreation Department on Tuesday withdrew her request for a restraining order against the director of finance under former Mayor Wellington Webb.
Ms. Jude O'Connor said that since she followed through last week on her long-held plans to retire from her post as the head of the city's natural-resources division, she saw no need for the restraining order anymore. [So obviously the order was only to block the First Amendment rights of Mr. Wallach.]
She maintained that she had good reason to seek the restraining order against Andrew Wallach, which he has characterized as frivolous, unnecessary and aimed at squelching his complaints about the city's parks system.
“I wish to reiterate the point: This matter is and always has been about me and my personal safety,” O'Connor said in a prepared statement. [And if it was only about Ms. O'Connor's personal safety isn't she in more danger after retirement where she lacks the protection of the city in her office?]
Ms. O'Connor sought the restraining order last month because she said Wallach was barraging her and other city officials with e-mails “with a threatening undertone.” [And what citizen complaint to public officials does not contain a threatening undertone?]
Mr. Wallach has said the restraining order violated his First Amendment right to free speech. He said he sent the e-mails to Ms. O'Connor because she is part of what he characterizes as a management top-heavy parks system that is unresponsive to the citizenry.
County Judge Johnny Barajas [noted for driving drunk] last month issued a temporary restraining order against Wallach barring him from contacting Ms. O'Connor and from coming within 100 yards of the Parks Department offices on the sixth floor of the Webb Municipal Building. [So how would Mr. Wallach be free to petition the government for a redress of grievances?]
Tuesday, Ms. O'Connor and Mr. Wallach appeared for a scheduled hearing before Barajas to determine whether the judge should make the restraining order final.
Ms. O'Connor at that time told the judge that she would rescind her request.
Wallach's lawyer, Lonn Heymann, asked Barajas to waive his client's attorney fees, which the judge declined to do. The judge instructed Heymann to file his request in writing for reconsideration.
Ms. O'Connor, in a prepared statement, said she made the request because she had felt threatened [simply because she was being criticized]. She contends Wallach is out to smear her because she once had to discipline his wife, who works at the Parks and Recreation Department. [And we might reasonably question whether Ms. O'Connor disciplined Mr. Wallach's wife in retaliation for his complaints?]
Wallach has stopped e-mailing Ms. O'Connor but continues to send e-mails to other city officials. In fact, later Tuesday, Wallach sent another e-mail to Kevin Patterson, the manager of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, questioning why Jill McGranahan, the spokeswoman for the department, showed up at the hearing and demanding to know whether McGranahan had done so on her own personal time.
Ms. McGranahan declined to comment [to what seems like a reasonable citizen request].
Christopher N. Osher: 303-954-1747 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado Springs Gazette
October 8, 2009 Colorado Springs police officers are on the lookout today for a woman suspected of stabbing her ex-boyfriend in the chest.
According to police, the stabbing happened about 5:20 AM on the 2600 block of East Caramillo Street in central Colorado Springs. Police say that Samantha Peyton, 33, stabbed her ex-boyfriend Shannon McCants in the chest. McCants was taken to Memorial Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening wounds, according to police.
Officers are still searching for Ms. Peyton and say she faces a felony first-degree assault charge.
Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post
October 8, 2009 A 38-year-old woman has been accused of having sex with a teenage boy and introducing him to methamphetamine, according to court documents.
Marci Ann Carillo of Aurora was arrested Monday on suspicion of sex assault of a child by a person in a position of trust.
Ms. Carillo is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy on several occasions while she lived in his Conifer-area home, according to an arrest affidavit.
The affidavit said Marci Carillo lived at the home with her three children and the teen's father from July 2008 until February 2009. Ms. Carillo also bought marijuana for the teen according to the affidavit. They kept their relationship a secret from his father.
Ms. Carillo was freed on a $50,000 bond.
October 28, 2009 Investigators say a husband going through a divorce was stabbed by his estranged wife's boyfriend outside the Arapahoe County District Courthouse on Wednesday morning.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office says the husband, 40-year-old Delmar Traylor, and wife Tiffany Traylor had shown up for a court hearing. The boyfriend, 30-year-old Alphonso McDaniels was also there and he got into an argument with the husband he had cuckolded.
Investigators say McDaniels pulled out a knife and stabbed Tiffany's husband. McDaniels and Tiffany Traylor then fled the scene but were stopped by deputies at the intersection of East Arapahoe Road and South Potomac Street where both were taken into custody.
Delmar Traylor suffered non life-threatening knife wounds.
McDaniels is currently being held in the Arapahoe County Detention Facility for investigation of second-degree assault, a class 6 felony. Apparently the cougar wife was not charged.
According to the November 3, 2009, edition of the Colorado Springs Gazette (p. A4) Mrs. Christian Bryant, age 26, lit 28-year-old Marco Bryant's clothes and other items on fire in their garage. The incident occurred while Mr. Bryant was at work and following a telephone argument.
Mrs. Bryant extinguished the blaze with a garden hose. She was then arrested for second-degree arson and criminal mischief.
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