Read Ariel Calonne's full letter to the editor.

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.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Christine Reid at 303-473-1355 or

Archived comments

Let's hope he doesn't kill himself like the Denver City Attorney did a few months ago when he got caught in a crime.


10/17/2007 5:24:21 AM

I wonder if Ventura knew what they were getting themselves into?

10/17/2007 7:04:26 AM

If he had done nothing wrong, there would be no apology letter and no deferred prosecution. Remember, this is a plea agreement. He could have been convicted of much worse.


10/17/2007 7:15:43 AM

A loser at his own game, haha. I feel so much sympathy for attorneys.


10/17/2007 7:39:51 AM

Sounds like Potter is a habitual whiner. Why don't you call the police?


10/17/2007 7:52:39 AM

Seems likely to me that Calonne wrote his apology letter just to put this behind him and move on with his life (kind of like Larry Craig). If I had a neighbor like that, I would also want to do what I could not have to think about it again. Wouldn't it be great if she were to also write a letter of apology to acknowledge her role in the incident?

10/17/2007 9:19:08 AM

At least the bufoon is not living here, anymore.

10/17/2007 9:27:37 AM

Susan, it's "buffoon." And given Mrs. Potter's history, it's hard not to sympathize with Ariel Calonne.

10/17/2007 10:27:45 AM

Kim: Great idea, but I doubt that she'd admit to any wrong doing, or even that she is antagonistic toward her neighbors.


10/17/2007 11:48:45 AM

Mrs. Potter has a large sign up in her yard referencing another "spat" with different set of neighbors ---what is that one about?


10/17/2007 1:23:13 PM

A deal clearing his record?

I wonder how many folks have tried apologizing to Calonne for their public trangression?

I guess it is different if you work inside the system and your job is holding others accountable.


10/17/2007 2:14:19 PM

Mrs. Potter is not charged with ethical duties regarding the law, Calonne was.


10/17/2007 5:06:22 PM

At least he didn't get busted pissing all over the bar at 2am like the Baylor assistant coach did.


10/17/2007 7:45:48 PM

Or dancing with a baby in a bar.


10/17/2007 11:43:59 PM

The story here is the public nuisance neighbor not the attorney. Anyone who knows of Beverly Potter will understand that an apology was really not warranted here. This was not a crime or misdemeanor. The fact is in order to get on with his life Calonne had no choice but to offer up a public apology due to a "in-everyones-business" neighbor. It is a shame that he had to get caught up in Beverly Potter's shenanignans.

Anyone who has spent so much as a few minutes near Potter's home can tell you what a nuisance she is and understands that this sort of tactic is merely Potter's modus operandi. She yells at walkers, people perusing the neighborhood and kids. Try walking your dog near her house. Look at the public records for the number of times she has called the police. Someone should take Beverly Potter to court as she devalues the property in the area and wastes taxpayer money. GROW UP BEVERLY & GET A LIFE!


10/18/2007 11:11:08 AM

I don't know this woman, but a couple of my friends just moved into "her" neighborhood. They were welcomed by her while walking their dog. She walked up to them and told their dog to "sit". She then proceeded to tell the dog (who was leashed and minding her own business) that she "will kill you if you come near my squirrels". Sounds like a nice lady.


10/19/2007 11:57:16 AM