Friday, May 27, 2011

Police seek warrants in brawl cases

Ketchum chief calls for charges against 3 suspects


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

The Ketchum Police Department reported Wednesday that it is seeking arrest warrants against three men in two recent bar-related assaults in the downtown area of the town.

Police Chief Steve Harkins said warrant requests have been submitted to the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office alleging misdemeanor battery by Collin G. Hand, 21, of Ketchum, and Andrew P. Ho, 22, of Hailey.

Hand and Ho are accused of committing an assault shortly after 2 a.m. on May 11 in the alley behind Whiskey Jacques' nightclub that led to the injury of two bar bouncers who were transported with head and leg injuries to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center.

Harkins said the case remains under investigation and additional charges may be filed.

Ho currently has four other charges pending against him in Blaine County. He faces misdemeanor charges in magistrate court of battery and violation of a no-contact order. In district court, he is charged with felony counts of attempted strangulation and "domestic violence inflicting traumatic injury."

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In regard to an earlier incident, police are seeking an arrest warrant against the leader of a Salt Lake City band who allegedly injured a Minnesota man in an assault on the morning of April 14 in front of the Casino Club.

Matthew T. Cifrese, 36, was one of two men who police say injured former Blaine County resident Carvin F. Buzzell, 38, who suffered skull fractures and facial injuries.

"We tried numerous times to contact Mr. Cifrese and he refused to cooperate with our investigation, and also refused to give the name of the other person involved who he was traveling with," Harkins said. "We have submitted felony aggravated battery charges to the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office on Cifrese. We believe Cifrese is still residing in the Salt Lake City area."

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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