Archive for Saturday, January 21, 2006

Homeless man to face trial for battery charge

January 21, 2006

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Trial has been scheduled for March 6 for Robert "Simon" Gilmore, a homeless man charged with battering a police officer and making an improper pedestrian crossing.

Gilmore, 48, who is visually impaired and has been hospitalized several times for mental illness, is known for sleeping downtown in the 900 block of Massachusetts Street.

Police arrested him Dec. 30 at Seventh and New Hampshire streets after drivers complained he was standing in the middle of the street and blocking traffic. Police said Gilmore "actively and passively" resisted the officers.

Gilmore remains in the Douglas County Jail and is scheduled to have a pretrial conference March 1.

Comments

Ragingbear 9 years, 2 months ago

He needs to be in an institution, long term.

Ragingbear 9 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, the new law the city rushed into effect right after he got arrested. The newly created City Taskforce on Homelessness was mighty peeved that they weren't even informed about it.

I bet if somebody wanted to make some trouble, then "Simon's Law" would cost them plenty in court.

prarie_princess 9 years, 2 months ago

Ha Ha Ha, your comments are sooooo funny. One day Simon is going to be found frozen to death somewhere and it'll be everyones fault but his... Then you can point your fingers and assign blame!

Hong_Kong_Phooey 9 years, 2 months ago

Um...what law are you all referring to as "simon's law"?? From what I read, he was arrested for standing in traffic which falls under the classification of "pedestrian in traffic" which, if you're not crossing the street at a crosswalk, is illegal (yes, it's different from jaywalking).

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