Linsmayer burn case continued to Monday
March 9, 2017
The court proceedings for Christopher Linsmayer, a 65-year-old Grand County property owner and husband of Denver District Attorney Beth McCann, were continued this week.
Linsmayer had been scheduled to go before Grand County Court Judge Nick Catanzarite on Monday March 6 for a scheduled arraignment. According to court officials, Linsmayer's case was continued until Monday March 13.
Linsmayer's charges stem from a ticket he received for having a least two open fires without a burn permit. That ticket was issued to Linsmayer in early Nov. 2016. Linsmayer's ticket is considered a class 2 petty offense, and is not a felony.
On Nov. 1 last year Grand County authorities were called to a property in far western Grand County north of the Gore Canyon on reports of an illegal burn. Authorities found four slash piles burning on property owned by Linsmayer on Country Road 14S, west of Kremmling.
Authorities were called to the scene by a nearby property owner who became concerned about their property's safety after noticing the fires. That concern was heightened in part by recent memories of the Gore Ridge Fire that burned up significant portions of the same area in Sept. 2016, less than two months before Linsmayer was ticketed for the November slash pile burns.
Lieutenant Dan Mayer with the Grand County Sheriff's Office said investigators suspect the Gore Ridge Fire could have originated from Linsmayer's property, though no charges have been filed in connection with that blaze.
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Christopher Linsmayer is the husband of Denver District Attorney Beth McCann, Denver's first ever female DA. Prior to her election to that position, McCann was the State Representative for Colorado House District 8 that includes portions of central Denver between I-70 and I-25. Christopher Linsmayer and McCann are the parents of Chris Linsmayer, public affairs manager for Ski Country USA.
Linsmayer's son Chris Linsmayer said his father declined to comment on this story.