Briefs for OCt. 16, 2003

Hayden man waives preliminary hearing

A man accused of breaking into ACZ Laboratories Inc. and damaging property waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Routt County Court on Wednesday, and Routt County Judge James Garrecht sent the case to District Court.

Brian Fatjo, 25, of Hayden, is charged with second-degree burglary of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony, and criminal mischief resulting in $500 to $15,000 of damage, a Class 4 felony. He is being held on a $40,000 bond.

He will appear in District Court at 3 p.m. Oct. 23.

On Sept. 7, Fatjo allegedly was found highly intoxicated outside of the lab, which had been vandalized. Computer monitors were thrown to the floor, and glass bottles and beakers were broken. Police suspect that he broke into the building to obtain chemicals for manufacturing a controlled substance.

Hayden man cited

for marijuana possession

A Hayden resident was cited Tuesday afternoon for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A search warrant had been obtained by GRAMNET for the home of Donald Merlin Nord, 56, said Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan.

When the house was searched, officers found more than 1 ounce of marijuana and three marijuana plants.

Nord will appear in Routt County Court at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 4.

"It wasn't what we thought it would be," Lenahan said. "We thought it would be something like selling."

GRAMNET, the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, does not frequently search Hayden homes, Lenahan said.

Hayden woman reports being raped Monday

A Hayden woman in her early 20s reportedly was raped by a traveling companion Monday morning on Rabbit Ears Pass, said Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan.

The alleged victim and the 23-year-old suspect, who also is from Hayden, reportedly were traveling to Denver to pick up a friend when the two stopped somewhere in the Routt National Forest, Lenahan said.

"She wasn't beat up," Lenahan said. "It was kind of a date rape type of thing. She said no."

When the woman got back to Hayden, she called a friend, who called Hayden police about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Lenahan said.

The suspect turned himself in to the Hayden police between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities do not know whether the alleged rape occurred in Routt County or Grand County, Lenahan said. However, the case probably will be turned over to the Routt County Sheriff's Office today, Lenahan said.

Man arrested on suspicion of car tire tampering

A Longmont man was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of letting air out of a tire of a car parked at the Hampton Inn.

James Arthur Snyder, 45, apparently was upset that a silver Lexus was taking up two parking spots, said Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing.

A witness saw Snyder use a tool to damage the valve stem of one tire and let the air out of it. When officers found Snyder, who was staying in a room at the hotel, he had a silver-colored valve stem in his pocket.

He told officers he thought about damaging the tire but didn't have the appropriate tool, so only removed the valve stem cap, Fiebing said.

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