July 29, 2009
Boulder, Colorado (The Weekly Vice) – Seven self-proclaimed hippies and one Boulder resident were arrested last Wednesday when a custodian discovered them sleeping atop the Boulder Public Library.
According to Boulder police, seven members of the Rainbow Family – a group of nomad hippies – were caught catching some winks on the roof of Boulder's public library. The arrests include: Christine Hodge, 22, Joshua Cole, 21, Aaron Waldeck, 19, Kirstin Humason, 21, Eli Dworkin, 19, Thaddeus O’Hail, 18, and Salvatore Gelosos, 22.
An eighth individual, K. Wheeler of Boulder, was also arrested.
According to police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley, a custodian was the first to notice the group atop the library. He contacted authorities, who were forced to use a fire truck ladder to gain access to the roof. Officers discovered, in addition to eight slumbering hippies, various personal belongings and two dogs. The group was escorted off the roof and arrested.
Huntley went on to say that the building lacks “easy access” to the roof, concluding that the suspects would have had to physically “climb up the side of the building,” using the surrounding landscaping to assist them.
Most of the Rainbow Family members were released within hours of their booking on personal-recognizance bonds.
Waldeck was still being held Thursday on a $350 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Boulder County Court on Friday. Wheeler was issued a summons and released from custody. The dogs were taken to the Boulder Valley Humane Society where a bath surely awaited them.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Kudos to the Boulder police for not finding underhanded ways to heap a bunch of irrelevant charges on a group of harmless burn-outs. I’m just surprised there weren't any drug charges.
Seriously, take a look at Mr. Cole. Now there’s a fine individual who’s likely well acquainted with making bongs out of snorkels and copious amounts of duct tape.
We've seen worse here on The Vice: Exhibit A and Exhibit B
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Posted by Danny Vice at 3:48:00 AM