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Former CBS11 morning anchor Brendan Higgins reaches agreement with Aspen authorities


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There has been a resolution in the case involving Aspen, Colo. authorities and former CBS11 early morning news anchor Brendan Higgins.

In a statement sent Friday afternoon to unclebarky.com and other outlets, Higgins said he will have no further comment on the matter. As first reported on unclebarky.com in August, Higgins was arrested in August by Aspen authorities and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. A police report said that Higgins, 46, allegedly was severely intoxicated at the time. CBS11 then quickly dropped him.

Here is Higgins’ complete statement:

“I have entered a deferred prosecution agreement with the City of Aspen that will ensure all the municipal court charges against me will be dropped within six months. As I said shortly after my arrest, I am deeply sorry for the negative attention this situation brought to my family, our friends, my coworkers and the hard-working authorities in Aspen. While unfortunate, this incident has provided a valuable lesson that I will not soon forget, and I dearly appreciate the many messages of support sent to my family and me over the past couple months. We are looking forward to moving on to bigger, brighter things.”

CBS11 news staffer Jason Allen has been co-anchoring the station’s early morning newscasts with incumbent Adrienne Bankert after Higgins’ departure. But CBS11 representatives say no decision has been made regarding a full-time early morning anchor.

The No. 4-rated program’s picture got blurrier Friday after unclebarky.com’s post that traffic reporter Whitney Drolen has resigned and plans to get out of the television business.

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