Briefs for July 27 |

Briefs for July 27

Cyclist arrested in road-rage incident

— A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Thursday morning after police said he used his bike as a weapon during a confrontation with a motorist.

Brandon Luke Akins, 24, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and harassment. Both are misdemeanors.

Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Dale Coyner said the driver of a commercial van accused Akins of cutting him off near U.S. Highway 40 and Curve Court. The driver of the van and one of the passengers exchanged words with Akins. The people then exited the van and continued to argue with Akins, Coyner said.

At that point, Akins is accused of picking up his bike and using it to hit the driver of the van.

“Quite frankly, it’s a case where no one acted in a very mature manner,” Coyner said. “But you can’t pick up your bike and use it as a weapon.”

Police arrived on the scene and arrested Akins after the driver of the van showed officers what appeared to be evidence of where he was struck by the bike. The bike was impounded as evidence, Coyner said.

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Akins, who doesn’t have a listed phone number, was released from Routt County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

Dance Theatre accepting scholarship applications

The Steamboat Dance Theatre is now accepting applications for dance scholarships for spring or summer dance. Anyone, child through adult, with financial need is welcome to apply for tuition assistance to study dance. Scholarship application forms are available through your local dance teacher, or you may download them from, or get information by calling Wendy Smith Mikelsons at 736-1005. Applications may be mailed to SDT, P.O. Box 774284, Steamboat Springs, Co. 80477.