DA’s decision in Bryant case expected July 18 | VailDaily.com

DA’s decision in Bryant case expected July 18

Staff Reports

District Attorney Mark Hurlbert Thursday, July 17, scheduled a press conference for 3 p.m., Friday, July 18, in Courtroom One of the Eagle County Justice Center to “announce his charging decision in the Kobe Bryant case.” No other detail were available at press time.Bryant, a five-time All-Star guard with the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, was arrested for felony sexual assault by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department July 4 after a 19-year-old Eagle woman accused him of attacking her at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera June 30. The woman reportedly worked at the hotel where Bryant was staying while having knee surgery at the Stead Hawkins Clinic in Vail.Since the arrest, the DA has been reviewing evidence in the case, including test results from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Bryant and his Denver attorneys have maintained his innocence in press releases and newspaper interviews.Charges dropped against Avon council memberDistrict Attorney Mark Hurlbert Wednesday, July 16, dropped all charges against Avon Town Council member Peter Buckley, who had been accused of flooding a rival Internet company’s server with Spam.Hurlbert said there wasn’t enough evidence to go forward with the felony case. Buckley, who owns InternetVail.Com, issued a release praising his attorney and his computer expert for “turning the tide” in the case.He also said he has a pending defamation case against “those individuals and companies responsible” for charges being filed and now intends to “completely clear his name.” The release goes on to state that Buckley has not decided yet whether to file another civil suit seeking $2 million in damages for “abuse of process.”VailNet, the company that accused Buckley of bogging down their servers, issued a release stating that the DA told them “that law enforcement investigators were able to find evidence that the attacks against VailNet and our subscribers were launched from one of the computers seized from the Buckley residence, thus establishing that the attacks originated from Mr. Buckley’s home.”However, the District Attorney also informed us that he had to dismiss the case because he was unable to determine who actually used the computer in the Buckley residence to launch the attacks.”Forest Service issues fire banDue to dry conditions and the increasing number of wildfires in recent days, the White River National Forest announced that it’s implementing a Stage I fire ban as of noon Thursday, July 17.”The ban prohibits building, maintaining, attending or using a campfire, charcoal broiler or a coal or wood stove anywhere except in a Forest Service developed camp or picnic ground,” according to a release.The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices is allowed. Smoking is only allowed within a closed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area that is at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material, the release continues.Violations are punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and up to six months in jail.The Eagle County Sheriff’s Department issued a similar ban last week on all non-federal, unincorporated land in Eagle County.Knapp named senior marketerChristian Knapp has been named senior marketing manager for Vail Mountain, according to Chris Jarnot, vice president of marketing for Vail and Beaver Creek.In this position, Knapp is responsible for marketing the Vail Ski and Snowboard School, Adventure Ridge, and Vail Resorts’ restaurant businesses in Vail, and he also will lead Vail Mountain’s event-marketing efforts. Knapp previously served in a similar position at Breckenridge Ski Resort.– Vail Trail staff reports

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