On Dec. 4, Silt police responded to Pioneer Drive just before 3 a.m. at the request of a neighbor who was upset about the noise from the engine of a tractor-trailer rig. The investigating officer found the truck parked in a residential neighborhood with its engine running for an extensive period of time. William F. Barhite, 40, of Silt was issued a summons for disturbing the peace.-On Dec. 9, a Silt resident wanted on a felony warrant issued by Garfield County for theft and embezzlement turned herself in to Silt police. Selene Amada Aviata, 32, posted her $4,000 bond with the help of a bondsman and was released pending her court date.-On Dec. 11, Silt police reported being called by an irate father who reportedly discovered a man allegedly “having relations” with his 16-year-old daughter at 2 a.m. The parents reportedly forced their way into their daughter’s bedroom and found the suspect hiding in her closet. John David Collins, 20, of Rifle, reportedly was restrained until police could arrive and then charged with trespassing and harassment. The latter charge stemmed from the obscene and abusive language Collins allegedly directed toward the girl’s parents.-On Dec. 12, Silt police stopped a juvenile motorist just after midnight for an alleged speeding violation only to discover that his license had been suspended. The 17-year-old Rifle youth was issued a summons for driving under restraint and speeding before being released into his mother’s custody.-On Dec. 12, a Silt resident wanted on a warrant out of Westminster for reportedly failing to appear on domestic violence-related assault and false imprisonment charges was arrested at the Silt Police Department. Clayton John Fay, 20, posted his $1,500 bond with the help of a bondsman and was released pending his new court date.-On Dec. 13, a Silt officer stopped a motorist for allegedly driving a defective vehicle on County Road 311 in Silt and learned that his license had reportedly been canceled and denied for having an unpaid traffic ticket. Daniel Richard Rodreick, 24, of New Castle was arrested and transported to the Silt Police Department where he was issued a summons for driving under restraint and operating a defective vehicle.In a second case, Silt police stopped a motorist for allegedly speeding and not having his child properly restrained. A routine check then revealed that the driver’s license had been revoked for being a habitual traffic offender. Martin Delgado-Dominguez, 36, Silt, was charged with being a habitual traffic offender, failing to properly secure his child, and speeding.-On Dec. 13, the suspect reportedly involved in the Dec. 10 armed standoff in Rifle contacted a bondsman after being released from the hospital and turned himself in at the Silt Police Department. Toby Aaron Patterson, 24, Rifle was arrested on warrants charging him with resisting arrest and felony drug possession. He was ultimately released after posting bonds totaling $5,000.-On Dec. 13, a person wanted on a municipal warrant for failing to pay her fines or appear in court on a previous watering violation sentence was arrested at her Silt residence on Tuesday. Mary Elizabeth Cunningham, 43, was conveyed to the Silt Police Department where she was held until she could post bond and be issued a summons for the separate criminal offense of failure to appear.-On Dec. 14, a Silt officer responding to a reported underage drinking party observed a motorist allegedly running a stop sign and driving on the wrong side of the road. When pulled over, the teen driver reportedly displayed indications of having consumed alcoholic beverages. Austin Dee Merchant, 19, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, underage drinking, and the traffic offenses.
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