98°F
weather icon Clear

Trial concludes, ruling to come in crosswalk protest case

The trial for a Boulder City resident who was charged by the city for interfering in a police-sanctioned crosswalk enforcement event has ended, but a final ruling has yet to be issued.

John Hunt was arrested by Boulder City Police Sgt. John Glenn on June 8, 2016, during a pedestrian-safety enforcement event on several charges, including obstructing traffic and resisting arrest.

Glenn arrested Hunt after he repeatedly walked back and forth in the marked crosswalk in front of the McDonald’s on Boulder City Parkway. Hunt claims that it was in protest of the enforcement detail.

The city originally dropped the charges in late June 2016 but refiled them June 5, 2017. Hunt is charged with failure to yield, failure to place a registration certificate in the vehicle, impeding the ability of a driver to yield, resisting a public officer and obstructing a police officer.

Among those who testified were former Boulder City Police officer Jeffrey Grasso, who said officers participating in the event were instructed to make at least two stops per hour, and former Boulder City Attorney Dave Olsen, who was questioned about the original charges, why they were dropped and then refiled along with others.

Olsen said the city originally dropped the charges without prejudice because they were not ready to move forward, but under the statute of limitations, the city could still file charges within one year of the arrest.

Judge Margaret Whittaker, former Justice of the Peace in Pahrump, is handling the case, as Boulder City Municipal Court Judge Victor Miller recused himself because his impartiality was questioned in district court.

Whittaker ordered a briefing on a motion for vindictive prosecution that Stubbs made in court. The briefing is a schedule of legal writing, according to Stubbs.

She said Stubbs must submit the points and authorities, which he filed Tuesday. The city can file a response by June 7, and Stubbs can file a reply to that by June 14.

Whittaker will rule on the case at some point after receiving that information.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

THE LATEST
Dollar Tree takes over 99 Cents

Chances are that many will be giving their two-cents worth regarding the news that 99 Cent Only Stores, including the one in Boulder City, have been thrown a lifeline by a former competitor — Dollar Tree.

Master plan to accommodate energy storage

The moves to develop much of the Eldorado Valley for solar energy uses that has brought Boulder City millions of dollars in lease revenue — enough to make it feasible for a city of just 15,000 souls to consider spending upward of $40 million on a new municipal pool complex — took another step forward on May 28 as the city council voted unanimously to amend the master plan and zoning map that would allow for the creation of a battery-based energy storage facility.

City moves to annex small plot already surrounded by BC

“Clowns to the left of me. Jokers to the right.” But in this case it’s “Boulder City to the left of me. BC to the right.” And, like so many other local issues, this one is really all about water.

It’s a mighty meaty May

Thirty-three pit masters. It makes for a lot of ribs and chicken and brisket. That’s how many barbecue mavens were on hand to compete at the 2024 edition of the Rotary Club of Boulder City’s Best Dam BBQ event. Before the crowds arrived, indeed, before most of the vendors or car show folks showed up, the early birds were already grilling in anticipation of when they would arrive.

Report: Parking spaces vs. pedestrian access?

A plan has been developing for about four years to reconfigure parking along Nevada Way in the historic downtown district of Boulder City.

BOR project nearing completion

The long-awaited transformation of the Bureau of Reclamation grounds from grass to xeriscaping is in the home stretch. But no date on its completion is known at this point.

Council adopts ‘25 budget

As the public hearing and presentation for the adoption of a city budget for fiscal year 2025 began, Mayor Joe Hardy said, “I believe that requires an initial statement from someone.”