Friday, April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014

On March 22, 2014 at about 5:00 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received a reported of a burglary at a residence in the 17000 block of State Highway 202 in the Rocky Ford area.  The homeowner reported that she had arrived home to find the front door ajar.  A check in the house found a 52 inch Vizio television gone, a Sony brand stereo, and a thirty-two inch Fuigi television missing.  Deputy Joe Sackett is investigating.

On March 22, 2014 at about 7:00 a.m., Deputy Rick Ramsay responded to a call at an address in the 200 block of Seeley Avenue in North La Junta.  A female at the residence reported that her boyfriend had been struck in the face. Corporal Rick Ramsay investigated, and charged at the scene, a Natalie Renae Mills, 39, of La Junta.  She was initially charged with harassment.  Ms. Mills was released on a summons.

On March 22, 2014 at about 12:00 p.m., Mr. Steve Bauserman of Manzanola reported an irrigation lift pump motor had been stolen from at area in the 11000 block of US Highway 50 sometime in the past three to four weeks.  Deputy Rick Ramsay investigated.

On March 22, 2014 at about 3:40 p.m., a Lisa Fellhauer who resides in the 32000 block of County Road 12 called and reported a burglary.  She reported to Deputy Brian Therrien that she had arrived home that day to find her front door open and she was missing some jewelry.  Deputy Brian Therrien is investigating.

On March 24, 2014 at about 8:00 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received a report of a theft in the 25000 block of Highway 10.  Edward Mayhoffer reported that a roll of electrical wire valued at about eight thousand dollars had been stolen sometime between the 23rd and 24th.  Sgt. Carol Coates is investigating.

On March 29, 2014 at about 7:30 a.m., the Sheriff's Office took a report of a wallet that is suspected to have been stolen from a residence in the 100 block of Holly in Swink.  The owner was not sure if it was stolen or just misplaced.  Sgt. Carol Coates investigated.

On March 31, 2014 at about 2:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office responded to a call in the 26000 block of Highway 50 on a theft report that happened sometime between the 28th and 31st of March.  Corporal Rick Ramsay responded to the call where Nathan King reported that an ATV that had been parked on the property had been stolen.  The ATV is a 2006 Polaris brand Sportsman, valued at about $6,000.00.  The theft happened sometime between the 28th and 31st of March.

On April 1, 2014 at about 1:00 p.m., the Sheriff's Office received a report of a person who had broken a car window out of a vehicle parked at 24620 Chuchara west of La Junta and then had fled the scene.  Sheriff Chris Johnson, as well as Undersheriff Ken Kimsey and Corporal Rick Ramsay responded.  The suspect was identified and stopped on the frontage road in front of Subway and detained.  It is alleged that the sixteen-year-old La Junta male had broken out a car window while confronting a former girlfriend.  The youth was charged with criminal mischief and domestic violence.

"The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty."



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Thursday, March 13, 2014

News for March 13, 2014

On March 2, 2014 at about 5:30 a.m., the Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a shop lifter at the Loaf & Jug located at 101 Main in North La Junta.  A store employee reported that he was helping another customer at the counter when two other customers entered the store.  One of the male customers walked to a display with hats and started looking at them and left a short time later.  Later in the shift, while reviewing tape from the cameras he discovered the man taking hats from the display, not paying for them and leaving the store.  Deputy Reuben McMillan is investigating.

On March 8, 2014 at about 11:00 a.m., the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a burglary at Rocky Ford Produce located at 1401 Main in Rocky Ford.  Corporal Rick Ramsay responded to the call.  The owner reported that sometime in the prior three weeks someone had broken into the office and had taken several electronic items.  The case is under investigation.

On March 9, 2014 at about 4:00 a.m., Deputy Reuben McMillan responded to the report of a possible domestic dispute on Highway 50 and mile marker 376.  Two male passengers in the car reported being assaulted by a female in the car.  One of the males was in a relationship with the female.  The investigation continued at the Sheriff's Office, and the female, Alisha Dippre, 19, of La Junta was arrested for menacing, harassment, and domestic violence.




"The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty."



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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Prisoners escape from Otero County Jail

On March 4, 2014 at about 8:00 p.m., four inmates from the Otero County Jail escaped after rushing a detention officer and then opening a second cell to let two other inmates out of another cell.  After fighting with another deputy, the four were able to leave the facility and they fled to the northwest and then north across Highway 50 and into the rail yards in La Junta.  Part of their jail clothing was located in the rail yards. The escapees include: Angel Castrejon, DOB: 01-16-1991, male, 6'-0", 150 lbs., Brown eyes, brown hair.  Curtis Apodaca, DOB: 7-4-1992, male, 5'-5", 140 pounds, brown eyes and brown hair.  Johnny Nunez, DOB: 09-17-1983, male, 6'-0", 165 pounds, Brown eyes, and black hair, and a Malcom Hoffert, DOB: 1-16-1992, male, 6'-00", 165 lbs., hazel eyes and brown hair.  Assisting in search for the fugitives are Otero County Sheriff's Office, La Junta Police Department, CDOC (Colorado Department of Corrections), Rocky Ford Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, and Colorado Adult Parole, and the Bent County Sheriff's Office.

Angel Castrejon
Johnny Nunez
Curtis Apodaca


Malcom Hoffert



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Thursday, February 20, 2014

If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

A resident of Swink, Colorado called the Sheriff's Office to report that he had received a call this morning reporting that he had won $8.4 million dollars.  Sounds to good to be true.  But this person who received the call realized that you can't win something you never entered.  The caller asked him for his bank account number over the phone and left a 876 area code number to return the phone call.  If the alert resident had called the scam artist back, it would have cost him twenty-five dollars a minute.  Beware Otero County, the scam artists are busy already this morning.  If you have a question about any of these scams, don't give out any personal information and call your local law enforcement agency first.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

First Degree Murder warrant issued for second suspect in Jonathan Vinson homicide.


Jed Adam Guerrero
 
On today's date, a warrant was issued out of Otero District Court for the arrest of Jed Adam Guerrero, DOB: 02/15/1983, of La Junta.  Jed Guerrero is described as being about 5'-9" inches tall, about 210 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair.  He is wanted for first degree murder, and second degree kidnapping.  Bond is set at one million dollars in the case.  Guerrero is considered armed and dangerous, and if spotted should not be approached.  Call your local law enforcement agency.  Jed Guerrero is wanted in connection with Jonathan Vinson, DOB: 05/12/1991 murder.  Vinson's body was discovered by a rancher in an agricultural area near County Roads Z and 24 in Otero County on May 11, 2013.  Previously arrested, and in custody at the Bent County Jail is Monica Lynnae Martinez (DOB: 11/17/1993)  in connection with the case. Martinez is charged with first degree murder in the case.   The Otero County Sheriff's Office worked in conjunction with the CBI to conduct the homicide investigation of Vinson.  Details about what led to the murder are not being released at this time, due to the ongoing investigation.  The warrant in this case has been sealed.

"The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty."



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Thursday, February 13, 2014

News for February 13, 2014

The Otero County Sheriff's Office responded to a theft call at an address located in the 20000 of County Road EE.25 int he Rocky Ford area on February 3, 2014.  The victim, Lisa Doney, reported that her daughter, Ashley Priest, 19, of the home had damaged her home during an argument involving a dog.  There was approximately $200.00 in damages.  Ashley Priest was arrested and transported to the Otero County Jail.  Deputy Joe Sackett responded to the call.

On February 8, 2014 at about 10:00 p.m., Deputy Brian Valencia contacted a vehicle in the 27000 block of Highway 50.  Deputy Valencia contacted the driver, a Jordan Korbitz, 21, of Sugar City, Colorado and after investigation, arrested Mr. Korbitz for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs.  He was transported to the Otero County Jail.

On February 10, 2014 at about 12:00 p.m., the Sheriff's Office was called to Big R of La Junta on a shop lifting complaint.  The incident had happened the prior day.  Management reported that two females had entered the store and then walked out with a pair of ladies Justin brand cowboy boots.  Through investigation and video provided by the store, Deputy Brian Therrien arrested and charged Haili Brizendine, 19, of Rocky Ford with theft $50-$300 dollars, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  The stolen boots were recovered.

On February 10, 2014 at about 4:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a stray vicious dog.  A person who lives in the 29000 block of County Road 20 called to complain about a vicious dog snapping and biting.  Deputy Brian Therrien responded to the scene and issued a summons and complaint to Paul Rivera, 53, of Rocky Ford for harboring a vicious dog.

Lawrence Allen McClain
On February 11, 2014  Lawrence Allen McClain, 39, of Manzanola, Colorado  was charged with eleven additional felony theft  cases involving thefts from Pueblo County as well as Otero County.  These thefts included numerous thefts of irrigation lift pumps taken from Otero and Pueblo Counties.  The thefts amounted to about $20,000.00 worth of items.  Lawrence McClain was already in custody at the Otero County Jail on a theft charge from the Apishipa Ranches in Manzanola and a parole hold.  The case was  broken by Undersheriff Ken Kimsey and Sgt. Carol Coates.  The thefts occurred from Swink west, to Pueblo County.



On February 11, 2014 at about 9:58 a.m, Corporal Rick Ramsay responded to Big R of La Junta to take a theft report.  Management reported that a woman had reported finding items that probably belonged to the store in a ditch outside of the property.  Upon further investigation, the items including a chop saw and battery charger did belong to the store.  There were footprints in the snow that were followed from a distance from the fence.  The items came from a shed inside the fenced area of the business.

On February 11, 2014 at about 11:30 p.m., Deputy Joseph Sackett made a vehicle contact at Frontage Road and Dalton.  After investigation on scene, Donald Sinks, 66, of La Junta was arrested for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

On February 12, 2014 at about 5:00 p.m., Deputies Brian Valencia and Alex Gillette responded to Western Sugar at Third and Catalpa in Rocky Ford on a theft and trespassing case.  The reporting party stated that several people had trespassed and damaged some fences designed to exclude intruders on the property, and may have broken into some a joining properties belonging to Jim Apodaca.  After investigation, a Matthew Clark, 26, of La Junta, and a William Ritter, 19, also of La Junta were charged with second degree criminal trespassing.

"The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty."



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Monday, February 3, 2014

News for February 3, 2014

On January 29, 2014 at about midnight, the Sheriff's Office responded to the Loaf & Jug located at 101 Main in North La Junta.  Deputy Brian Valencia responded to the call and met with a clerk who reported that a female had entered the store and had allegedly stolen a pack of gum, and the previous night is alleged to have stolen a burrito from the store.  Deputy Valencia was able to identify the suspect from reviewing the surveillance video from the store.  As a result of the investigation, he charged Stephanie Gallegos, 30, of La Junta with theft less than fifty dollars.  She was released on a summons and complaint.

On January 31, 2014 at about 10:00 a.m., the Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a theft in progress from a pasture belonging to the Apishapa Ranch near Manzanola.  Deputy Reuben McMillan responded to the call.  The reporting party stated that he had followed a vehicle leaving the ranch property and had obtained the license plate information.  It is alleged that parts of a seed drill had been removed from the ranch property.  Through investigation, Lawrence McClain, 39, of Manzanola was charged with theft of between $2000-5000 dollars.

On February 1, 2014 at about 4:30 p.m., the Sheriffs' off responded to a call of a possible domestic dispute at an address in the 23000 block of County Road Y in the La Junta area.  Deputy Reuben McMillan responded to the call.  An alleged argument at the residence escalated, and Mr. Gabriel Rodriguez-Yanez, 41, of La Junta was arrested for harassment, misdemeanor child abuse, and domestic violence.  He was transported to the Otero County Jail.

"The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty."



February 2,-8th is Burn Awareness Week

Burn Awareness Week, observed February 2-8, 2014, is designed to provide an opportunity for burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities.
According to the American Burn Association, approximately 4,000 deaths occur from fire and burn injuries and about 600,000 burn injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments.  Close to half of all burn injuries treated in hospital emergency departments and one-third of admissions to burn centers are scald injuries. A scald injury occurs when hot liquid or steam damages one or more layers of skin.  60 percent of all scald injuries are suffered by children aged 0-4; young children are curious by nature and are often just trying to be helpful.  The information below will help protect you and your family from scald injuries.
To prevent tap water-related scalds:
·         Set home water heater thermostats to deliver water at a temperature no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a cooking thermometer to test the temperature. Begin by letting the water run for a minute or two, to allow the hot water from the tank to reach the faucet.
·         Avoid flushing toilets, running water or using the dish or clothes washer while anyone is showering.
·         Install anti-scald devices. These heat-sensitive instruments stop or interrupt the flow of water when the temperature reaches a pre-determined level and prevent hot water that is too hot from coming out of the tap.
To prevent cooking-related scalds:
·         Establish a “kid zone” outside of the traffic path between the stove and sink where children can safely play and still be supervised.
·         Cook on back burners when young children are present. Keep all pot handles turned back, away from the stove edge. All appliance cords should also be coiled and away from the counter edge.
·         During mealtime, place hot items in the center of the table, at least 10 inches from the table edge.
·         Put away tablecloths while children are little. Use placemats with a non-slip surface instead. 

·         Never drink or carry hot liquids while carrying or holding a child. Quick motions may cause spilling of the liquid onto the child.

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