S. Routt man hurt in assault

A South Routt County man suffered severe injuries in an assault earlier this month at Trapper's Lake Lodge.

The Garfield County Sheriff's Office reported Kyle Bauer, 36, was struck in the face with a flashlight by Terry Ethington, 47, between midnight and 3 a.m. May 15. Ethington, who lives at the lodge, has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, second-degree assault and driving under a suspended license.

Bauer suffered a fractured orbital socket and a broken nose and had to have stitches to his eye and nose area.

Ethington is free on $16,500 bond.

Garfield County sheriff's investigator Tim Fisher said Bauer and Ethington began arguing about a pair of missing binoculars. Fisher said Bauer allegedly called Ethington a thief, and Ethington responded by attacking him with the flashlight.

Bauer was taken to a hospital in Meeker and has since been released.

Fisher said Ethington confessed to the assault.

Initially, Ethington phoned the Garfield County Sheriff's Office and said he punched Bauer in self-defense and he accused Bauer of stealing money and damaging property.

But after the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office contacted the Garfield County Sheriff's Office to report that Bauer was hospitalized with severe facial injuries, Garfield County authorities confronted Ethington again, prompting his confession, Fisher said.

Ethington admitted fabricating the allegations against Bauer, Fisher said.

Bauer and Ethington were employees at the lodge. Daniel Stogsdill, part owner of the lodge, said Bauer had been fired several hours before the assault. Ethington is employed there.

The attack is one of a string of assaults that have occurred recently at the lodge, Fisher said. On April 25, employee Daniel Shattuck, 24, was struck with an ax handle and threatened with a claw hammer by two other employees -- Jessie Hendricks, 25, and Caleb Gardner, 24, who have since been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, second-degree assault and felony menacing, Fisher said. Hendricks and Gardner allegedly wore white sheets over their heads in what Fisher called a "Ku Klux Klan intimidation technique."

Also, on May 15, the same morning as the assault on Bauer, a fight broke out among a group of intoxicated lodge employees, Fisher said. At separate times during the brawl, Rocky York, 26, brandished a knife and a .44-caliber handgun. One person received a minor injury from the knife. York was arrested two days later and was charged with attempted murder, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and the prohibited use of a firearm.

Fisher said the Colorado Department of Revenue is reviewing the lodge's liquor license because of the recent incidents of violence.

"It's almost like the 'Wild, Wild West' up there," he said.

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