Man faces stalking charges |

Man faces stalking charges

Wyoming resident allegedly threatens ex-girlfriend

Gary E. Salazar

— A jury trial is scheduled to start today for a 54-year-old Rock Springs, Wyo., man who is charged with two counts of felony stalking.

The trial of James Theodore Kirts will start at 8:30 a.m. in 14th Judicial District Court. Judge Joel S. Thompson will preside.

Kirts has pleaded not guilty to the charges that stem from allegations that he traveled to Steamboat Springs this summer to confront his former girlfriend and a friend staying at a Steamboat Springs hotel. According to court records, Craig police officers arrested Kirts at about 8 a.m. June 13.

At the time of Kirts’ arrest, police allegedly found two rifles and a pistol in the vehicle, records show.

Kirts became the focus of Steamboat Springs police investigators on June 12 when Kirts’ former girlfriend told police he was threatening her. The woman said Kirts was unhappy she had ended their relationship a month earlier.

The woman, who was taking courses in Steamboat at the time, told police she started to receive threatening telephone calls from Kirts when she arrived in Steamboat in early June.

Kirts allegedly called the woman three to four times a day against her wishes, court records show. The woman finally called police on June 12 after seeing Kirts on June 9 in a Steamboat Springs store.

Then, the Rocks Springs Police Department contacted investigators in Steamboat at about midnight June 13. The Wyoming department had received a tip Kirts was planning to leave Rock Springs at 5 a.m. for Steamboat Springs with a pistol.

The Wyoming agency issued a bulletin for surrounding law enforcement agencies in Wyoming and Colorado to be on the lookout for Kirts.

Kirts has been behind bars since his arrest. He has been unable to post a $100,000 bond.

In July, Kirts requested Thompson reduce the amount, but the veteran judge refused to do so.

Hours after the hearing, an ambulance had to transport Kirts to Yampa Valley Medical Center from the Routt County Jail.

Kirts was treated for minor cuts to his arms and his neck. Jail officials said Kirts used some type of instrument to inflict the wounds.

Because of the injuries, Kirts stayed in the hospital overnight. He later was taken to the state hospital in Pueblo where he was evaluated.

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