Man with boat oar has bond reduced |

Man with boat oar has bond reduced

Christine Metz

The case against a 36-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of threatening neighbors with a boat oar has been set for a hearing in District Court.

Paul Hanzelka appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday on charges of second-degree burglary, felony menacing, criminal mischief and harassment.

Judge James Garrecht reduced Hanzelka’s bond to $1,000 and modified a restraining order to add a name to the list of people Hanzelka cannot contact.

Hanzelka waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and Garrecht bound over the case to District Court, with a hearing set for May 17.

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested Hanzelka in the early morning hours of March 30 after witnessing him run across an apartment complex on Weiss Drive and up to an apartment building with an oar in his hand.

The police officers said they saw Hanzelka arguing with a man inside the apartment and saw another man grab Hanzelka and push him out of the apartment.

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Hanzelka then raised the oar over his head, police reported, as officers approached him and yelled at him three or four times to drop the oar. Hanzelka dropped the oar and was handcuffed.

On April 7, Public Defender Gail Morrison requested that Hanzelka’s case be continued so they could negotiate an offer with the District Attorney’s Office and could talk to the alleged victim.

Dale Rhys Jones also appeared in court Wednesday, representing himself.

Jones, who has gone through three court appointed attorneys, said he did not have the funds to hire a private attorney.

On March 31, Jones’ case was continued to give him time to hire an attorney.

At Wednesday’s court hearing, Garrecht sentenced Jones to 60 days in jail for driving while ability impaired and 16 hours of public service and to pay fines for possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jones was arrested Aug. 2 and charged with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and passing a vehicle in a no-passing zone.

On Nov. 12, Jones pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. A few weeks later, he tried to withdraw his plea and asked for new defense council but was denied.

Jones said Wednesday that he plans to appeal the sentencing.

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