|Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006|
Late on the afternoon of July 4th, ranger Mark Sanburn received a number of complaints from park visitors canoeing the Platte River regarding the unruly behavior of a large group also canoeing the river. A group of canoeists, including Adam Aldridge, 22, and his sister, Heather Aldridge, 24, both of Traverse City, Michigan, had been bothering other park visitors by tackling them as their canoes came by. Sanburn, who was along the river checking for the presence of life jackets, contacted the group. Both Aldridges appeared very intoxicated and actively resisted attempts to control them. Rangers Jim Dal Sasso and Nate Mazurek assisted in subduing and controlling the group. Both Aldridges continued to actively resist, attempting to attack Sanburn. They were arrested despite their resistance and transported to jail. On September 22nd, they each pled guilty to forcibly assaulting, resisting, and interfering with a federal law enforcement officer in violation of 18 USC 111(a)(1). Each was sentenced to a yearâs probation, during which they are to totally abstain from the use of alcohol and submit to testing. Each was also ordered to pay a $500 fine and completed 100 hours of community service, and Adam Aldridge was directed to obtain his GED during his term of probation.