Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Trial set in resort disturbance case

Florida man accused of multiple crimes


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Chauncey Forbush Lufkin

    A June 10 jury trial has been scheduled for a Florida man who faces three criminal charges in connection with a disturbance the early morning of Dec. 28, 2013, at the Sun Valley Inn and later that morning at the Sun Valley Lodge.
    Chauncey Forbush Lufkin, 56, of North Palm Beach, Fla., was arraigned Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court on a felony charge of possession of cocaine and misdemeanor charges of battery and resisting arrest. Lufkin, represented by Ketchum attorney Andrew Parnes, pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
    According to court records, an earlier felony count of malicious injury to property was dismissed against Lufkin because he paid for damages caused during an altercation in a room at Sun Valley Inn.
    Lufkin is currently free on $10,000 bond.
    Sun Valley police Cpl. Mike Abaid wrote in a probable-cause affidavit that he became involved in the situation at about 5:20 a.m. on Dec. 28 when Lufkin was trying to rent a room at the Sun Valley Lodge but was refused because of damage earlier that morning at the Sun Valley Inn.
    Abaid wrote that Lufkin’s son came to the Lodge with police to try to calm his father down but was instead battered by Lufkin. Abaid wrote that Lufkin scuffled with police after that and had to be physically restrained before being arrested. Abaid reported that the cocaine was found in Lufkin’s wallet when he was being booked into the Blaine County jail.
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com






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