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Friday, 24 January 2020 07:53

Press Release January 24, 2020

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        **********WARNING PHONE SCAM ALERT**********

Today an elderly gentleman come into a local bank to withdraw nearly his entire bank account except for the minimum balance requirements. When bank personnel questioned him at first as to why he needed to withdraw a large amount of money he initially said it wasn’t our business, which of course it is the banks business when it’s a large amount of money. When bank personnel told him they just wanted to make sure he wasn’t involved with some type of scam he opened up and said he needed to pay off the social security administration. He said he got a phone call from someone claiming to be with the social security administration and they gave him their name and badge number. The caller told him that they found his social security number tied to a fraudulent $10 million dollar loan out of El Paso Texas. When he told them that he wasn’t involved, they said they were going to have the Conejos County Undersheriff Chris Crown contact him and tell him what he needed to do to get a new social security number and what he’d need to do to avoid being arrested. He then got a phone call from someone posing as Undersheriff Chris Crown, stating that in order for him to avoid being arrested today he needed to protect his money by purchasing a “Government Voucher” and as soon as he purchased it the undersheriff would deliver him a new social security number. Bank personnel advised him that didn’t make sense and that they would contact Undersheriff Chris Crown directly. Bank personnel immediately contacted Conejos County Undersheriff Chris Crown and quickly learned that this was an obvious phone scam.  The victim of this phone scam terminated his withdrawal request and did not lose any money.

Conejos County Sheriff Garth Crowther wants to remind everyone that the Sheriff’s Office will never call and tell you that you have a warrant for your arrest. If you receive a call from someone telling you that you have a warrant for your arrest please do not try and pay the “Bond” over the phone or make a withdrawal from your bank account and/or send funds to an unknown location. Conejos County Sheriff’s Office and staff members will never deliver a new social security number to anyone and will never ask anyone to purchase a “Government Voucher”.

Sheriff Crowther also wants to remind all citizens, never release any personal information to anyone over the phone such as your name, date of birth, banking information, social security number or any information that would make it easy for scammers to steal your identity and/or funds.  

If you do receive a scam call please write down the number which called you along with the date and time and report it immediately to your local Law Enforcement Agency.

This case remains under investigation.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 13:44

Weekly Statistics OCTOBER 31, 2019 TO NOVEMBER 19, 2019

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Arrests

Lena Atencio - Age 37 - La Jara, CO - Charges:  Failure to Appear X3 - brought in 11/03/19

Joel Espinoza - Age 28 - Alamosa, CO - Charges:  Failure to Appear - brought in 11/04/19

Ethan Higinbotham - Age 31 - Monte Vista, CO - Charges: Sentenced - brought in 11/4/19

Emilio Martinez - Age 20 - La Jara, CO - Charges:  Warrant - brought in 11/7/19
Rebecca Salazar - Age 39 - Alamosa, CO - Charges:  Failure to Comply - brought in 11/6/19
Mariah Martinez - Age 23 - Antonito, CO - Charges:  Fugitive of Justice x2 - brought in 11/12/19
Nathan Herrera - Age 24 - Pueblo, CO - Charges:  For Court Only - brought in 11/12/19
Jessica Shannon - Age 48 - Denver, CO - Charges:  Adams County Warrants X2 - brought in 11/13/19
Steve Lopez - Age 59 - Sanford, CO - Charges:  Sentenced - brought in 11/15/19
Bonifacio Lobato - Age 53 - San Luis, CO - Charges:  Domestic Violence ,-  Violation of a Protection Order - brought in 11/16/19
Rachelle Quintana - Age 23 - Pueblo, CO - Charges:  Fugutive of Justice - brought in 11/16/19
Ruby Vigil - Age 49 - Romeo, CO - Charges:  Assault - brought in 11/17/19
Darian Lucero - Age 26 - Alamosa, CO - Charges:  Harassment - brought in 11/18/19
Friday, 01 November 2019 08:51

Weekly Statistics October 17- October 30th 2019

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Arrests

 

Charles Gurule - Age 31 - Sanford, CO - charges: Fugitive of Justice -Huerfano County. Brought in 10/18/19

 
Miguel Morales - Age 29 - Alamosa, CO - charges:  Alamosa Warrant.  Brought in 10/17/19
 
Phil Lucero - Age 48 - Alamosa, CO - charges:  Failure to Comply.  Brought in 10/18/19
 
Albert Gonzales - Age 58 - Romeo, CO - charges: Failure to appear.  Brought in 10/21/19
 
Daniel Jaramillo - Age 32 - Sanford, CO - charges:  Driving Under Restraint, Sex Assault - submit - force/threat/other, assault with deadly weapon - heat of passion.  Brought in 10/22/19
 
Darryel Poole - Age 28 - Antonito, CO - charges: 2nd Degree Burglary, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing a Peace Officer, Criminal Mischief.  Brought in 10/26/19
 
Grant Koenig - Age 46 - Sanford, CO - charges:  Harassment, Domestic Violence.  Brought in 10/28/19
 
Tamara Koenig - Age 44 - Sanford, CO - charges:  Harassment, Domestic Violence.  Brought in 10/28/19

 

Monday, 28 October 2019 12:40

Press Release - G18 Fire Update

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PRESS RELEASE

October 28, 2019

 G-18 Fire

For immediate release

Approximately 4:00 PM on October 27, 2019, South Conejos Fire Protection District was dispatched to a grass fire near County Road G and County Road 17.  At the engine crew’s time of arrival, the fire had begun to spread North and East.  At the time of this release there is one structure that was burned as well as three separate out buildings.  Large numbers of cattle were displaced.  Numerous fences, pasture and haystacks were burned. The fire was approximately 2,000 plus acres in size but the final number of acres is yet to be determined.  Sheriff Garth Crowther reported there were minor injuries to one volunteer Fireman and no other reports of injuries. 

All Conejos County Fire Departments, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and numerous San Luis Valley Fire Departments were actively fighting the fire. Sheriff Crowther called out for mutual aid from neighboring law enforcement agencies, including Colorado State Patrol who quickly responded.  San Luis Valley Emergency Managers also responded.  At this time the fire is contained but we are expecting high winds and the fire area will continue to be monitored by fire agencies.

 All roads in the fire area are now open. Conejos County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently out assessing further damage along with Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control who are still on scene. 

Sheriff’s investigators were on scene to determine the cause and origin of the fire.  ATF investigators were called to assist with the investigation.  The cause is still under investigation at this time.

An email address has been set up for any questions the public may have.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Public can also call the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office at 719-376-2196 Option 2 for further inquiries.   

Monday, 28 October 2019 07:42

Press Release-G-18 Fire

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Press Release

October 27, 2019

On Sunday, October 27, 2019 there was a grass land fire in Conejos County named the G-18 Fire.  Residents that live with in a 3 ½ mile radius of County Road G and County Road 17 were asked to evacuate the area at approximately 4:00 PM.  Sheriff Garth Crowther will be holding an Evacuee meeting at the Manassa Opera House at 9:00 AM on Monday, October 28th in Manassa Colorado.  County Road M South to County Road G, and County Rd. 17 East to the Rio Grande River will be closed until further notice. We are in the process of assessing the fire damage at the time of this release and will have more information forthcoming.  You can send any questions, or comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 719-376-2196 for further information. 

Thursday, 17 October 2019 14:32

Weekly Statistics - Oct 7-16th, 2019

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Arrests

Jimmy Lopez - age 64 - la jara, co.  Charges:  Murder in the 1st degree after deliberation, Assault 1 with deadly weapon, Assault 2 with deadly weapon, felony menacing.  Brought in 10-07-19
 
Robin Jaramillo - age 33 - Manassa,CO.  Charges:  Domestic Violence, Harassment, Assault in the 3rd degree.  Brought in 10-07-19
 
Hunter Peterson - age 19 - Antonito, CO.  Charges: Failure to Appear.  Brought in 10-08-19
 
Paul Duran - age 47 - Antonito, CO.  Charges:  Failure to Comply X2.  Brought in 10-08-19
 
Gabrielle Romero - age 29 - Antonito, CO.  Charges:  Accessory to a Crime. Brought in 10-08-19
 
Joseph Maes - age 27 - Romeo, CO.  Charges:  Failure to Appear.  Brought in 10-09-19
 
Jamie Schmidt - age 33 - Sioux Falls. SD.  Charges:  Violation of a Protection Order, Violation of Bail Bond Conditions.  Brought in 10-09-19
 
Emilio Martinez - age 20 - La Jara, CO.  Charges:  Failure to Appear, Parole Hold.  Brought in 10-13-19
 
Timothy Bell - age 56 - El Paso, TX.  Charges:  Failure to comply - warrant out of Texas.  Brought in 10-15-19
 
Inmate count:  Females:  7
                        Males:     19
 
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 15:07

Weekly Statistics - Sept 31-Oct 7, 2019

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Arrest Cases

 

Name:

Age:

Town:

Date:

Charge:

ROGER HOLLAND

50

MANASSA CO

9/30/19

FTC

CHRISTOPHER TORRES

 

PUEBLO CO

10/1/19

LAKEWOOD WARRANT

RICHARD ATENCIO

28

ANTONITO CO

10/1/19

FTC

RICHARD NAVARES

31

ALAMOSA CO

10/2/19

FOJ (RGSO)

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

48

BELEN NM

10/2/19

PROHIBITED USE OF A WEAPON; MENACING; RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT; CHILD ABUSE

STEVEN DURAN

25

SAN LUIS CO

10/4/19

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF; HARASSMENT; MENACING

SHANE SILVA

41

MANASSA CO

10/6/19

FTA

INMATE COUNT:

 23 Males

 10 Females

CALLS THIS WEEK: 155

 

 

Ticket Cases

Name:

Age:

Town:

Date:

Charge:

LARRY LOPEZ

55

SANFORD CO

9/29/19

FAILED TO USE SIGNALS

EMILY REED

18

SANFORD CO

9/29/19

SPEEDING 10-19 OVER

ROSALINDA GUTIERREZ

22

DENVER CO

10/4/19

SPEEDING 20-24 OVER

JILL GRANO

38

BOULDER CO

10/6/19

SPEEDING 20-24 OVER

RYAN CURLEY

41

CUBA NM

10/6/19

SPEEDING 20-24 OVER

 

Monday, 30 September 2019 14:03

Weekly Statistics - Sept 23-30, 2019

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Arrests

Name:

Age:

Town:

Date:

Charge:

MAX FRINGER

44

MANASSA CO

9/21/19

1ST DEGREE ASSAULT; FALSE IMPRISONMENT

MICHAEL PADILLA

41

ALAMOSA CO

9/22/19

2ND DEGREE ASSUALT; MENACING; POSSESSION OF WEAPON BY PREVIOUS OFFENDER; VIOLATION OF P.O.

REBECCA ARELLANO

24

LA JARA CO

9/24/19

FTC (X2)

CANDICE JIRON

41

ANTONITO CO

9/24/19

ASSAULT IN THE 2ND DEGREE; CRIME OF VIOLATION OF P.O.; 3RD DEGREE CRIMINAL TRESPASS

IVAN MILLER

42

MANASSA CO

9/25/19

FTA

ALEX CANDELARIA

27

CAPULIN CO

9/25/19

VIOLATION OF BAIL BOND; OBSTRUCTING GOVERNMENT OPERATION; FOJ(X6); WARRANT

LAWRENCE CANDELARIA

65

CAPULIN CO

 

ACCESSORY TO CRIME

TANYA SANDOVAL

41

ANTONITO CO

 

FTC (X4)

JOSH MAHAN

26

   

PSI HOLD

JAMIE VASQUEZ

31

LA JARA CO

9/29/19

FOJ

BRANDON JIRON

27

ANTONITO CO

9/29/19

SEXUAL ASSAULT (X3); CRIMINAL EXTORTION; UNLAWFUL SEXUAL CONTACT

INMATE COUNT:

 22 Males

 10 Females

CALLS THIS WEEK: 141

Tickets

Name:

Age:

Town:

Date:

Charge:

CHRISTIAN WIDLIC

28

SAN FRANCISCO CA

9/18/19

SPEEDING 10-19 OVER

JANET BASSINGER

63

ANTONITO CO

9/25/19

SPEEDING 20-24 OVER

JOE JARAMILLO

55

ANTONITO CO

9/27/19

SPEEDING 10-19 OVER

Monday, 23 September 2019 13:27

Weekly Statistics - Sept. 16-23, 2019

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Arrests

Name:

Age:

Town:

Date:

Charge:

SANDRA GUYMON

55

MANASSA CO

9/15/19

RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT; VEHICULAR ASSAULT ATTEMPTED

MICHELLE MEDINA

43

ANTONITO CO

9/16/19

PROPERTY CRIMES

MARCO GUNTHER

34

LA JARA CO

9/20/19

ESCAPE; THEFT; VIOLATION OF BAIL BOND (X2); SECOND DEGREE CRIMINAL TRESPASS; OBSTRUCTING PEACE OFFICER

INMATE COUNT:

 22 Males

 10 Females

CALLS THIS WEEK: 116

Tickets

Name:

Age:

Town:

Date:

Charge:

LISHAE JIRON

24

MANASSA CO

9/19/19

FAILED TO STAY IN DESIGNATED LANE; CHILD RESTRAINTS

KIMBERLY ROMERO

29

ANTONITO CO

9/20/19

SPEEDING 20-24 OVER; FAILED TO USE CHILD RESTRAINTS

SHARI CALDON

35

MONTE VISTA CO

9/21/19

SPEEDING 10-19 OVER

MARY NATHAN

76

COLORADO SPRINGS CO

9/21/19

SPEEDING 10-19 OVER

JAMES PRIVETTE

45

LOS ALAMOS NM

9/21/19

SPEEDING 20-24 OVER

ALEXIS CANDELARIA

19

ANTONITO CO

9/21/19

SPEEDING 20-24 OVER

WILLIE LOPEZ

55

SANTA FE NM

9/21/19

SPEEDING 10-19 OVER

JILLIAN JACOBS

51

WHEAT RIDGE CO

9/22/19

SPEEDING 10-19 OVER

JOSHUA PRINA

46

ALBUQUERQUE NM

9/22/19

SPEEDING 10-19 OVER

ROBERT DEAN

25

CARBONDALE CO

9/22/19

SPEEDING 20-24 OVER

Monday, 16 September 2019 15:38

Weekly Statistics - Sept. 9-16, 2019

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Arrests

Name:

Age:

Town:

Date:

Charge:

JAMES COPSY

46

ANTONITO CO

9/8/19

FTC

TIERNEY EWELL

32

ANTONITO CO

9/9/19

FTC

JOSE CORDOVA

20

ANTONITO CO

9/10/19

FTA

LAWRANCE MARTINEZ

43

GARCIA CO

9/12/19

FTC; FTA

LORI MADRIL

48

ANTONITO CO

9/13/19

FTA; FOJ (DENVER); FOJ (ALAMOSA)

INMATE COUNT:

21 Males

10 Females

CALLS THIS WEEK: 85

Tickets

Name:

Age:

Town:

Date:

Charge:

FREDRICK BENSON

70

MODESTO CA

9/9/19

SPEEDING 25+

GREGORY VALDEZ

39

LA JARA CO

9/11/19

SPEEDING 10-19 OVER

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