Tuesday, July 30, 2013

News for July 30, 2013

On July 27, 2013 at about 3:00 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received a 911 call to go to an address in the 100 block of Seeley Street in North La Junta for a suspected domestic complaint.  Deputy Brian Therrien responded to the scene.  There was an alleged physical confrontation in front of Deputy Therrien when he arrived at the scene.  Arrested at the scene was Manuel Moya, 29, of La Junta and Viola Sanchez, 39, of La Junta.  Both parties were initially charged with third degree assault and domestic violence.

On July 29, 2013 at about 11:00 p.m., Deputy Brian Therrien was on patrol and contacted a motor vehicle in the area of Bradish and Highway 50 in La Junta.  The vehicle was allegedly weaving in the lane of traffic.  Contacted at the scene was Tammy Deason, 51, of Rocky Ford.  She was arrested after an investigation for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, driving under restraint, and failure to drive in a single lane.

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

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Friday, July 26, 2013

News for July 26, 2013

On June 19, 2013 at about 9:30 a.m., Mr. Wayne Gumke, area supervisor with CDOT reported that someone highway traffic signs had been stolen from Highway 350 and Highway 71.  The thefts happened sometime between June 17th and the 19th.  Corporal Carol Coates is investigating.

On June 29, 2013, Mr. George Penrod who lives in the 25000 block of County Road 19 in Rocky Ford, Colorado reported that a .45 caliber Ruger brand pistol had been stolen from his home sometime between May 29th and June 29th of this year.  There was no sign of forced entry to the home.  Corporal Carol Coates is investigating.

On July 1, 2013 at about 11:00 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received a 911 call to an address in the 100 block of B Street in Swink.  Corporal Carol Coates responded to the call in which a disagreement was actively going on allegedly about child exchange.  Taken into custody at the scene was Michael Veremette, 26, of Rocky Ford, Colorado.  He was charged with harassment, domestic violence, and child abuse.

On July 3, 2013 at about 2:00 p.m., a burglary was reported to the Sheriff's Office at an address in the 18000 block of County Road EE.5 in the the Rocky Ford area.  The burglary happened sometime overnight between July 2 and the 3rd.  Taken from a storage shed were approximately eighteen firearms.  The case is open, and the Sheriff's Office is following up on leads in the case.  Deputy Alex Gillette is investigating.

On July 4, 2013, at about 10:30 p.m., a theft was reported at an residence located in the 16000 block of Highway 50 in the Rocky Ford area.  The resident stated that they were missing a Toshiba laptop from inside the locked residence.  There was no sign of forced entry.  The laptop was valued at under $500.00.  Deputies Ramsay and Valencia investigated.

A call to an address in the 600 block of Oak in North La Junta on July 10, 2013 at about 9:30 a.m. resulted in the issuance of a ticket for dogs at large.  Cheryl Tilton reported that some dogs had gotten into her chickens and had killed several of the chickens.  The dogs were traced to Mary Ellen Schreivogel, also in the 600 block of Oak who was issued a summons for dogs at large.  Corporal Carol Coates investigated.

A Sheriff's Office car on patrol in Swink on July 13, 2013 at about 2:00 a.m., contacted several alleged under age drinkers in the parking lot of Swink High School.  Contacted and cited for underage drinking were: Taylor Parker, 20 of Rocky Ford, Malachi Jacquart, 19, of Rocky Ford, Wilmot Lockhart, 20, of Las Animas, and Kahlen Schleich, 20, of Pueblo.  Investigating officers were Brian Valencia and Rick Ramsay.

On July 19, 2013 at about 5:54 p.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call to go to Big R Store west of La Junta to take a theft report.  Deputy Brian Therrien responded to the scene where he was advised that a male subject is alleged to have stolen a pair of cowboy boots valued at about $163.00 and left in a brown Chevrolet pickup truck.  Later that night the vehicle was contacted in Rocky Ford at about 8:30 p.m. by both the Rocky Ford Police Department and the Otero County Sheriff's Office.  Arrested at the scene was William Gonzales, 40, of La Junta.  William Gonzales was charge with the theft, and arrested on an outstanding Otero County warrant.

On July 21, 2013 at about 1:00 p.m., the Sheriff's Office responded to an address in the 27000 block of County Road 20.75 on a report of a domestic situation.  Upon arrival, the victim told Cpl. Carol Coates that his wife had allegedly threatened to shoot him during an argument and pointed a handgun at him.  Taken into custody was Sheryl Anderson, 66, of Rocky Ford.  She was initially charged with felony menacing and domestic violence.

On July 21, 2013 at about 7:30 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call to go to an address in the 18000 block of County Road EE in Rocky Ford to take a report of a domestic violence call.  Upon arrival, Cpl. Carol Coates spoke with the victim who reported that her husband had come home allegedly intoxicated and had hit and pushed the victim.  At the scene, Emllio Baca,32, of Rocky Ford was arrested for harassment and domestic violence and 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."

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Friday, July 5, 2013

News for July 5, 2013

On June 15, 2013 at about 2:00 pm, an attempted burglary was reported to the Otero County Sheriff's Office.  The address was in the 31000 block of County Road twenty-nine.  Deputy Shane Lamberty investigated and took a report from a care taker of the property.  The owners of the property arrived home and reported items missing from the home.  A suspect is being charged with the break in at the property.

On June 21, 2013 at about 8:30 pm, the Sheriff's Office responded to a call from a victim of domestic violence who came into the Otero County Sheriff's Office and reported that the offense had occurred at an address in the 300 block of Powars in Swink, Colorado.  The victim told Deputy Alex Gillette that she had been in an argument with a John Ortiz, 26, over money.  During the argument it is alleged that John Ortiz threw a phone, not allowing the victim to place a call, and grabbed the victim by the hair and pulling her to the floor.  John Ortiz was later arrested on an arrest warrant and booked into the Otero County Jail.

A 911 call to La Junta dispatch triggered a response to an address in the 24000 block of County Road 26 by the Sheriff's Office on June 22, 2013 at about 2:00 a.m.  Deputy Alex Gillette responded that a party that had gone wrong at that location resulted in one person being assaulted.  One person was arrested for the assault, a Joseph Montoya, 32, of Colorado Springs was later arrested away from the scene and charged with third degree assault and violation of a protection order.  He was transported to the Otero County Jail.


On June 23, 2013 at about 3:00 pm the Sheriff's Office responded to a call of the theft of a water tank and some bee hives destroyed in the area of County Road HH, just west of County Road 30 in the Cheraw area.  The owner, Mark Johnson reported that he noticed that the tank had been taken and then observed that the hives had been set on fire.  The offense occurred sometime between the 22nd and 23rd.  Corporal Carol Coates is investigating.

A call to Loaf & Jug at 101 Main Street in North La Junta on June 25, 2013 at about 5:00 p.m. resulted in the arrest of Bryan Martinez, 36, of La Junta for theft under $500.00.  Deputy Brian Valencia was called to the store where it was alleged that Brian Martinez had stolen three twelve packs of soda pop.  The suspect came back and returned two of the pop cases, but not the third.

On July 3, 2013 at about 1:45 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a burglary at an address located in the 18000 block of County Road EE.5 in Rocky Ford.  Deputy Alex Gillette responded and spoke with the victim who reported that the burglary happened overnight sometime between July 2nd and the 3rd.  A storage building had been broken into on the property and a number of firearms had been taken. The Sheriff's Office is following up leads in the case.

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

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Stage 1 restrictions in place in unincorporated Otero County

At today's County Commissioners meeting the Board, at the request of Sheriff Chris Johnson placed Otero County on Stage 1 fire restrictions for the unincorporated (outside the rural fire districts) of Otero County.  Continuing dry conditions prompted the move.  Restrictions include: A prohibition on open burning, excepting fires and campfires within permanently constructed fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic grounds, charcoal grills and wood burning stoves at private residences in areas cleared of all flammable materials, and those other exceptions/exemptions as noted in Section 8.  The sale or use of fireworks is prohibited; and outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while in an area of a least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.  People living in the unincorporated areas of Otero County wanting to burn must call the Otero County Sheriff's Office at 384-5941 to obtain a burn permit prior to the burn.

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