Craig suspects scheduled for arraignments


— Two men charged in Moffat County District Court are scheduled to enter a plea during arraignment hearings next week, according to court records.

Craig resident Bret Smith, who is charged with first-degree assault and bias-motivated crime, among other charges, had a status conference Tuesday. He is scheduled to enter a plea at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Smith was charged in connection with an alleged November 2007 incident at the Baker Hotel during which authorities contend Smith and another Craig man participated in the stabbing of 39-year-old Michael Armstrong.

In a separate case, Zachary Robert Harris, 27, is charged with burglary, theft, two counts of violent crimes and two counts of weapons by a previous offender in connection with an alleged January burglary in the 500 block of Seventh Avenue West.

Craig police officers received a report that money, gift cards and firearms - including a handgun and rifle - were stolen from a residence. Investigating officers saw "shoeprints leaving the scene and were able to follow them," police reported.

Officers interviewed Harris as a suspect in the robbery and took him into custody after learning he was wanted on a Department of Corrections felony warrant.

Harris is scheduled for an arraignment hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

In other court news:

• A hearing for a 30-year-old Craig man facing three sexual-related offenses was continued Tuesday.

He is charged with sexual assault on a victim by someone in a position of trust, criminal attempt to commit sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust and enticement of a child, all felonies.

His hearing was continued to 9:15 a.m. Monday.


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