Craig briefs: Man suspected of burglarizing restaurant
A 44-year-old man was arrested after police said he broke into Creekside Cafe & Grill in Steamboat Springs early Wednesday morning.
An employee called police at about 4:30 a.m. after finding Jon Adam Yaroscak inside the restaurant and then chasing him out, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Routt County Court.
Outside, police found Yaroscak, who had a powdery residue around his mouth and tongue. Police knew of Yaroscak, who they think had been staying at a nearby motel recently.
Yaroscak told police he was doing construction at the business, though he told police he thought he was working at a hotel at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.
Yaroscak consented to a search, and police found a pen tube with residue that preliminarily tested positive for cocaine, the affidavit states.
Yaroscak also had a knife that police think Yaroscak used to try and pry open a cash drawer.
Yaroscak was arrested on suspicion of felony second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, attempted third-degree burglary, attempted theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Yaroscak was unable to appear in court Wednesday, and his bond was not set.
Outfitter pleads guilty to illegal game hunting
Christopher W. Loncarich, 55, of Mack — located 10 miles east of the Colorado-Utah boarder — pleaded guilty in Denver federal court to a felony conspiracy charge stemming from his sale of outfitting services for illegal mountain lion and bobcat hunts in Colorado and Utah, the Justice Department announced in a press release.
Loncarich pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act is a federal law that makes it illegal to knowingly transport or sell in interstate commerce any wildlife that has been taken or possessed in violation of state laws or regulations.
According to an indictment, Loncarich conspired with others to provide numerous illegal hunts of mountain lions and bobcats in Colorado and Utah from 2007 to 2010.
In particular, Loncarich and his confederates trapped, shot and caged mountain lions and bobcats prior to hunts in order to provide easier chases of the cats for clients. Loncarich also admited that he and his assistants guided several hunters that did not possess a Utah mountain lion or bobcat license on mountain lion or bobcat hunts in Utah. Loncarich sold mountain lion hunts for between $3,500 and $7,500 and bobcat hunts for between $700 and $1,500 and shared a portion of the proceeds from successful hunts with his assistant guides.
Three of Loncarich’s assistant guides have previously pleaded guilty to Lacey Act violations in connection with their guiding activities with Loncarich. On July 30, Loncarich’s lead assistant guide, Nicholaus J. Rodgers, pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act in connection with his work for Loncarich.
The maximum penalty for conspiring to violate the Lacey Act is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the prosecution agreed to a sentencing calculation pursuant to the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines but did not agree on a term of imprisonment, an amount of fines or an amount of restitution. A sentencing hearing for Loncarich is set for Nov. 20.
Senior Center to host Coffee, a Conversation
Craig’s new Senior Social Center will host Coffee and a Conversation from 8 a.m. to noon each Tuesday at the American Legion building in Shadow Mountain. The first Coffee and a Conversation will be next Tuesday.
As someone who’s achieved the top prize in past years, Matt Ounsworth was more than willing to accept runner-up in this year’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.