Former Boulder City Attorney Ariel Calonne is expected to make a deal with prosecutors Thursday that will clear his record of charges stemming from a falling-out with a neighbor over the summer.
Calonne was ticketed in June for misdemeanor harassment and criminal mischief after his neighbor, Beverly Potter, called police to report he threatened to "kick her ass" if she touched his dog. He also was accused of kicking two sprinkler heads in Potter's yard when she turned them on to get his dog off her property in the 3200 block of 11th Street.
At the time, Calonne denied kicking the sprinkler heads.
Calonne will not be in Boulder County Court for Thursday's hearing because he moved to Ventura, Calif., this summer to take that city's top attorney spot. His attorney, Steve Louth, said Calonne is scheduled to receive a yearlong deferred prosecution, meaning that if he stays out of trouble, the charges will be wiped from his record.
Included in his punishment is a promise to have no contact with Pot-ter, and to write an apology letter to the community.
Calonne submitted a copy of that letter to the Camera on Tuesday, and, in part, it reads: "Yes, the police were called by my neighbor on numerous occasions for reasons that I believe did not warrant a call to the police, but my beliefs around this do not matter. What does matter is that every citizen has the right to contact the police for whatever reasons they see fit. I do not have the right to determine what Ms. Potter believes may warrant a call to the police. I compounded the problem by becoming angry over the situation and raising my voice to her. For this, I apologize."
Potter had run-ins with Calonne and other neighbors in the past, according to police reports. Issues ranging from ice cream trucks that are too loud to verbal harassment by neighbors were cited as complaints lodged by Potter.
Calonne sold his Newlands neighborhood home in August for $1,162,500, according to property records. He had lived there since 2004, when he paid $895,000 for the home.
Potter did not return a call from the Camera on Tuesday seeking comment.
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