On Nov. 8, a Silt officer looking for a missing juvenile at a Grand Avenue address at the request of her parents inadvertently discovered a large juvenile drinking party. Numerous teens, most of them freshman at Rifle High School, were reportedly observed running from the scene, jumping out of windows, hiding in the yards of neighboring homes, etc. At least two of the partygoers were reportedly found passed out in the residence. Five Silt, New Castle, and Rifle area teens ranging in ages from 13 to 16 and in various stages of intoxication were caught at the scene, charged with underage consumption of alcohol, and turned over to their respective parents. In addition, Matthew Trent Robinson, 18, of Glenwood Springs, was charged with the same offense and released to a responsible and sober party. During the course of the investigation, police learned that the home’s owner was out of town and had no knowledge of the illegal party occurring at his residence. Silt police later discovered the identities of the two teen girls who allegedly provided money to a 16-year-old Rifle youth who in turn reportedly used it to purchase a substantial quantity of alcohol at a local liquor store. The 14- and 15-year-old girls were both charged with underage possession of alcohol and providing alcohol to minors. The boy who purchased the liquor and brought it to the party was also charged with the same offenses. The case remains under investigation.-A local bail bondsman brought two parties wanted on local warrants to the Silt Police Department. In the first case, Thomas John Hoag, 27, of Aspen, posted his bond for failing to appear on drunken driving and speeding charges in Pitkin County. He was released pending his new court date.In the second case, Travis Howard Dunfee, 29, of Rifle, was arrested on a Garfield County felony warrant for reportedly violating his probation for felony drug possession. Dunfee posted his $1,500 bond and was released pending his court date.On the afternoon of Nov. 1, Silt police were contacted by a frightened anonymous caller and advised that a party hanging around at a Silt business was claiming to have a gun and was going to “do something.” The responding officer spoke to the suspect and reportedly found a pipe in his possession containing suspected marijuana. Luke Oliver Short, 25, a Garfield County transient was issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia and released pending his court date. No weapon was found, and Short was warned that he was not to return to the business.-On Nov. 2, a party wanted on a Garfield County warrant for contempt of court on a weapons charge turned himself in to Silt police. Roberto Gallardo-Torres, 33, of Glenwood Springs, posted his $750 bond through a bondsman and was released pending his new court date.-On Nov. 2, a Silt officer stopped a motorist for an alleged stop sign violation only to discover that his license had been revoked for a previous alcohol-related offense. Troy L. Childers, 41, of Rifle, was taken into custody long enough to be removed from his vehicle and issued a summons for driving under restraint and the stop sign violation.-On Nov. 2, Silt police saw a party driving that they knew to have a revoked driver’s license and who was wanted on a Silt municipal warrant for repeatedly failing to appear on possession of marijuana charges. In addition, he was found to be driving a car that had expired license plates. A routine check revealed that Toby Aaron Gallegos, 19, of Silt, was also wanted on a Garfield County warrant for failing to appear on drug charges. Gallegos was taken into custody and transported to the Silt Police Department where he was issued a summons for driving under restraint and having expired plates. Gallegos was also issued a separate summons for the municipal offense of Failure to Appear. He made arrangements with a local bondsman to assist him in posting his bonds and was released pending his new court dates.-On Nov. 5, Silt police received a complaint that a party was residing in a home that was under construction and did not have a certificate of occupancy. The resident was contacted and reportedly told the officers that he did in fact have such a document. However, a record check revealed that the town denied his certificate of occupancy. Harold Elliot, 69, was issued a summons for the Silt building code violations and for false reporting to authorities.- On Nov. 6, two people wanted on warrants turned themselves in at the Silt Police Department. Gary Francis Kilgore, 26, of Cheyenne, Wyo., called a bondsman and posted his $5,000 bond on a Garfield County felony warrant for second degree burglary.In the second case, Karen Eve Weller, 25, of Glenwood Springs, contacted a bondsman and posted her $4,000 bond on a Mesa County warrant for allegedly failing to appear on theft charges. Both parties were subsequently released on bond pending their respective court appearances.-On Nov. 7, Silt police contacted a resident who, earlier this year, had been given numerous warnings concerning numerous health and safety violations stemming from accumulated junk, debris, junk vehicles, used motor oil, and related issues. Despite the warnings and opportunities to comply, the residents still failed to address the problems. As such, Aida Chavez DeMunoz, 32, was issued a municipal summons for duty to maintain property and advised that she could face fines of up to $300 for each day that the violations continue.
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