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On Dec. 4, a New Castle police officer received a call complaining that a dog was running at large in the area of Midland Avenue and 2nd Street. When the officer responded, he saw a rottweiler running across some property toward the road. When the officer got out of his car, the dog reportedly ran up to the officer and lunged at him. The officer drew his gun and fired at the dog. Although the dog was wounded, it ran away, toward Castle Valley Ranch. Eventually, the dog was captured and brought to a veterinarian’s office. On Dec. 5 the veterinarian’s office was called and it was found that the dog seemed to be doing well, but X-rays and other tests will have to be done before making a final prognosis. On Nov. 26, Rifle police reportedly saw Tracy Sproule, 39, of Rifle, driving on Railroad Avenue. His license was suspended in California, and he doesn’t have a Colorado license. When contacted, police said Sproule couldn’t find his proof of insurance. He was arrested on suspicion of driving without a license and no insurance. -On Nov. 28, Rifle police were called to Clagett Memorial Hospital to contact the alleged victim of a domestic violence situation. After a preliminary investigation, Jeremiah Crawford, 25, of Rifle, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and third-degree assault. -On Nov. 28, Rifle police were dispatched to West 5th Street for a report of a possible assault. After investigating the complaint, officers arrested Guillermo Hernandez Tapia, 27, of Rifle, on suspicion of assault and battery and criminal mischief.


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