Editor’s note: The following information comes from official police and sheriff’s department incident reports. Arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.Jan. 26 New Castle Police reported a “crime spree” the night of Jan. 26. All the glass in nine motor vehicles was broken, and some were deliberately dented. One car was stolen from the Castle Valley Ranch area, then recovered the next day from a ravine. Another car was rolled out of its driveway, but the would-be thieves couldn’t defeat the car’s locking mechanism and left it in the middle of the street. One car’s stereo was stolen and later recovered. The message sign in front of Riverside School was vandalized. Total damage was around $10,000, according to New Castle Police Department. The NCPD reminds everyone to lock vehicles and take the keys.Jan. 27 Rifle Police were advised of a burglary in progress on West 20th Street. Upon arrival, an officer learned that a residence had been broken into, and made contact with two juveniles running from the area. The juveniles were identified by a witness as having been at the residence. Both were charged in connection with the burglary. One was cited and released to his mother, the other taken to youth detention in Grand Junction. Jan. 28 A Glenwood Springs Police Department officer observed a speeding vehicle. The officer contacted the driver and noted the smell of marijuana. A K-9 narcotics search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine in the vehicle. The driver, Alberto Torres, admitted that the drug was his. Torres was taken in to custody and lodged at the Garfield County Jail on suspicion of possession of a Schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jan. 29 Rifle police were dispatched to a report from Grand River Medical Center of a woman being treated for dog bite injuries. The dog bit the woman after she hit it with her car. The victim was treated for multiple wounds to the hands. The dog was treated by a vet for its injuries. Glenwood Springs Police responded to an unconscious female lying partially in the Colorado River at the Interstate 70 on-ramp hot pots. Upon investigation, officers learned that she had been in a fight with her husband. The female was conscious and breathing and transported to the hospital. The husband, John Dumas, 37, of Colorado Springs, was charged with one count of harassment/domestic violence.• Glenwood Springs police took a report of a purse that was lost when left on top of car, which subsequently drove off. Jan. 30 Rifle Police responded to a domestic violence call about 7 p.m. The suspect, Manuel Lara, 35, was later located and arrested at a bar in Silt. The victim was taken to Grand River Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries. Lara was transported to the Garfield County Jail. Jan. 31 Rifle Police received a call advising that a man who was arrested Jan. 30 in a domestic violence case the night before came back to the Railroad Avenue property from which he was restrained. Police arrested Manuel Lara after he admitted to returning to the property and violating the restraining order. He was taken to Garfield County Jail. A Glenwood Springs Police Department school resource officer received a report of a student at Yampah Mountain High School having harassed a teacher’s aide. The incident is under investigation. Feb. 1 Rifle police were called to the 400 block of Fravert Avenue for an accident. Officers found that a vehicle driven by Vivian Powers, 49, crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic, and struck another vehicle. Powers was transported to the Garfield County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Rifle police responded to a report of an intoxicated juvenile at Rifle Middle School. The juvenile was transported to Grand River Hospital. Investigation pending. Feb. 4 Glenwood Springs Police contacted a driver on the Grand Avenue Bridge for driving carelessly. Officers noticed signs of intoxication in Robert Brown, 24, of Telluride. Police arrested Brown on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Glenwood Springs Police contacted driver Ty Blocker, 25, of Glenwood Springs at Blake Avenue and Eighth Street and noticed signs of intoxication. Blocker agreed to and failed to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers satisfactorily, and refused a breath or chemical test for blood alcohol content. Blocker was taken to GSPD and charged on suspicion of failure to use turn signal, failure to obey stop sign, driving under denial/cancellation, and DUI.
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