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Driver pleads not guilty

A 33-year-old man accused of breaking into a home and stealing several shotguns and rifles had his arraignment pushed back two weeks to allow his new attorney to get familiar with the case.

Nathan Richard Noble of Steamboat Springs was scheduled to enter a plea in Routt County District Court on Thursday to charges of possessing a deadly weapon, a Class 5 felony; possessing drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor; and possessing less than 1 gram of a controlled Schedule 2 substance, a Class 6 felony.

But Noble's attorney, Ron Smith, told District Judge Michael O'Hara that he needed more time to review discovery before another arraignment.

Noble is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Jan. 25.

O'Hara issued a $25,000 arrest warrant for 28-year-old Travis Browning of Steamboat Springs after Browning failed to appear at an arraignment in Routt County District Court on Thursday.

Browning is being charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor on suspicion of giving alcohol to three teenage girls in October.

Browning was scheduled to enter a plea Thursday, but he didn't show up for his hearing.

Browning's co-defendant in the case, 38-year-old Jamie Adams, died in November in Jefferson County.

— A Craig man accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and hitting a family’s minivan pleaded not guilty in Routt County District Court on Thursday.

Wesley Carl Romans, 53, pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular assault, driving under the influence and driving under restraint. The charges stem from a November incident.

According to police reports, Romans was driving on U.S. Highway 40 west of Hayden when he fishtailed and slid into the highway’s eastbound lanes. His car struck a minivan during the incident.



The driver of the minivan and his four children suffered minor injuries. The driver’s wife suffered a broken leg.

Romans appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing during which Colorado State Patrol troopers testified.



Romans’ attorney, Ron Smith, had the case bound from county to district court after the hearing.

On Thursday, Smith told District Judge Michael O’Hara that Romans wanted to plead not guilty to the charges, and he requested a jury trial.

Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James told O’Hara he did not think Romans’ trial would take longer than two days.

Romans’ trial will begin at 8:15 a.m. May 4.

— To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com


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