Garfield County Sheriff’s Report
Editor’s note: The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department reports the following incidents and arrests. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
Menacing: Deputies were called to a fight in the 100 block of Horizon Circle in Battlement Mesa at 9:44 a.m. on July 26. A juvenile was cited for menacing, assault, criminal mischief and criminal tampering.
Fraud: Deputies are investigating a report of fraud in the Battlement Mesa area on July 26.
Marijuana: Deputies were called to a site in the 4000 mile of County Road 309 at 2:30 p.m. on July 26 on a report of marijuana growing materials dumped at the side of the road.
Equipment fire: Deputies were called to a fire in the 100 block of Spring View Drive near Glenwood Springs at 2:50 p.m. on July 26. An excavator was fully engulfed in flames and is estimated to be a total loss valued at $75,000. The fire appeared to be accidental and the case was closed.
Suspicious phone calls: Deputies took reports of several suspicious and possibly fraudulent phone calls received by Garfield County residents on July 26.
Vehicle break-ins: Deputies took several reports of vehicle break-ins in the West Glenwood area on July 27.
Theft: Deputies are investigating a theft in the Battlement Mesa area that was reported on July 27, and a motor vehicle theft that occurred in the Rifle area on July 28.
Sex assault: Deputies are investigating a possible sexual assault in the Rifle area reported on July 28.
Driving under revocation: Deputies stopped a motorist in the 100 block of Columbine Court in Parachute at 1:30 a.m. on July 28 for towing a trailer with no tail lights. The driver, Jose Angel Gomez, 25, of Aurora was arrested for driving while his license was revoked and for driving with missing tail lights. He was later freed on bond.
Assault: Deputies were called to a family disturbance in the 6800 mile of County Road 313 south of New Castle at 9:43 p.m. on July 28 in which a man had been injured in a knife attack. Helena Sabrea Al-Kubaisi, 30, of New Castle was arrested on suspicion of assault. She was later freed on bond.
Underage drinking: Deputies patrolling an area along Highway 6 near Rifle at 3:15 a.m. on July 29 contacted suspicion people in a business area. Carrie Ana Vinkemeier, 19, of Rifle was cited for underage drinking.
Burglary: Deputies are investigating a burglary in the West Glenwood area reported on July 29.
Harassment: Deputies reponded to a disturbance in the 3900 mile of County Road 100 near Carbondale at 11 p.m. on July 29. Billy Joe Knoeppchen, 34, of Carbondale was arrested on suspicion of harassment. He was later freed on bond.
Vehicle break-ins: Deputies took three reports of vehicle break-ins in the Battlement Mesa area on July 30.
Criminal mischief: An inmate in the county jail deliberately broke a fire suppression sprinkler at 11 a.m. on July 30, causing damage to the building. Tobin Frank Ethington, 30, of Glenwood Springs was cited for criminal mischief, false reporting, obstructing government operations and criminal tampering, and remains in the county jail.
Warrant arrest: Deputies contacted a man at 4:23 p.m. on July 30 who was wanted on a warrant for failure to comply in an earlier case involving harassment and assault. Marcus Antonio Arroyo, 18, of Rifle was lodged at the county jail.
Loose dog: The animal control officer responded to a complaint about a dog harassing chickens in the 1100 mile of County Road 321 at 6 p.m. on July 30. The dog’s owner, Richard Anthony Sheets, 46, of Rifle was located and cited for a dog at large, unlicensed dog and dog harassing livestock.
Driving under the influence: Deputies responded to a vehicle accident at Stone Quarry and Thunderberg Trail in Battlement Mesa at 8:50 p.m. on July 30. Gary R. Brough, 38, of Battlement Mesa was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, assault, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and violation of seat belt laws. He was lodged at the county jail.
Harassment: Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of County Road 352 near Rifle at 11 p.m. on July 31. Elizabeth A. Antonini, 38, of Beaverton, Ore., and Richard Robert Splain, 52, of Rifle were both arrested on suspicion of assault.
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