Anthony Nelson, 21, of Rocky Ford received a summons and complaint on August 12, 2011 at about 6:00 p.m. from Deputy Ron Ellis at the intersections of Trail and Ash in North La Junta. The Sheriff's Office received a call at about 5:45 p.m. that there was an accident at the above location. Upon arrival Deputy Ellis found that allegedly Mr. Nelson had been trying to turn a vehicle around when it became stranded in a ditch. There were no injuries or damage to the car.
The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.
Sharon Griffing of Rocky Ford reported to the Sheriff's Office that her house in the 18000 block of Highway 202 had been burglarized on August 8, 2011 at about 9:00 p.m. Deputy Joe Schueller responded to the call and found that while the victim had left for a short time to give a relative a ride home, someone had entered the residence through a unlocked door and had stolen two laptop computers and a 19" Viore flat screen television. The investigation is continuing.
Carolyn Davrio of Fowler reported on August 9, 2011 that someone had broken into the Tamarak grill on the east edge of Fowler sometime overnight. Entrance was gained by breaking into a door on the office. Taken was a small amount of cash. Deputy Mike Martin is investigating.
Rufus Herrera, 25, of La Junta received a summons for speeding 10 - 19 mph over the limit on August 10, 2011 at about 5:00 a.m. Deputy Joe Schueller who was on patrol in the North La Junta area made the stop in the 300 block of Highway 109.
Colton Gallegos, 21, of La Junta received a summons for speeding 10 - 19 mph over the limit and displaying expired license plates on August 11, 2011 at about 5:00 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 109 and Canal. Deputy Joe Schueller investigated.
The charge is merely an accusation and the defendant(s) are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.
Cachito Hernandez, 25, of La Junta was arrested on August 9, 2011 at an address in the 33000 block of County Road 30 at about 1:00 a.m. Mr. Hernandez was initially charged with felony menacing, assault in the third degree, criminal mischief under $500.00, and domestic violence. Sgt. Mark Jackson was called to the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center on August 8, 2011 at about 11:00 p.m. to speak with a victim who had allegedly been assaulted during an argument after the pair had left a bar earlier in the evening. After interviewing the victim at the hospital, Mr. Hernandez was arrested at his residence without further incident and was transported to the Otero County Jail.
The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.
The Otero County Board of County Commissioners today voted to removed all fire restrictions within the unincorporated areas of Otero County effective immediately upon the recommendation of Sheriff Chris Johnson. Due to additional moisture and monsoonal weather patterns many areas in the County have greened up. Today, the US Forest Service also removed fire restrictions from the Comanche National Grasslands. The County could move back to fire restrictions if conditions warrant the change. This means that burn permits in the unincorporated areas of Otero County will no longer be required. Please continue to exercise extreme fire safety and check with your local fire department on conditions before you burn. The Sheriff's Office thanks the citizens of Otero County for all their cooperation during the burn restrictions.
On August 5, 2011, Deputy Adam Mc Elroy was dispatch to the area of County Road 21 and County Road Z on a report of a criminal mischief. Mr. Art Lucero, an employee of Otero County reported that someone had shot a couple of windows on a piece of heavy equipment parked in the area sometime overnight between August 5th and the 6th. There was no damage estimate a the time the report was taken. The case remains under investigation.