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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.

Reports: Deputies took a report of a possible restraining order violation in the Carbondale area, a report of possible harassment in the Glenwood Springs area, and a theft near Carbondale, all on Sept. 26.

Harassment: Deputies responded to a trespass report on Highway 133 in Carbondale at 3:45 a.m. on Sept. 27. Jeffrey Whittemore, 27, of Carbondale was arrested on suspicion of harassment. He was later freed on bond.



Warrant arrest: A juvenile turned himself in on an out-of-county warrant at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 26.

Theft: Deputies took a call at 2:40 p.m. on Sept. 27 about a vehicle in the Parachute area that had been broken into, and an estimated $1,550 worth of items stolen from the vehicle. The case remains under investigation.



Sexual assault: Deputies took a report on Sept. 27 of a sexual assault that occurred near Carbondale. The case remains under investigation.

Theft: Deputies took a report on Sept. 27 of $7,900 in equipment stolen from a gas industry equipment yard near Rifle. No suspects have been identified.

Theft: Deputies responded to a report of theft of a 55-gallon drum of motor oil stolen from a business in Parachute. The oil is valued at $900. No suspects have been identified.

Theft: Deputies received a report on Sept. 27 of a tractor and another piece of equipment stolen from a location on Parachute Creek Road. The items were valued at $6,000 each. No suspects have been identified.

Stolen plates: Deputies responded to a report of the theft of license plates from a car parked in a parking lot in West Glenwood on Sept. 27.

Warrant arrest: Deputies contacted a man on Six Lazy K Road near New Castle at 12:09 a.m. on Sept. 28. Erik Eugene Braswell, 47, of New Castle was arrested on the warrant for failure to appear in a felony case. He was later freed on bond.

Fraud: Deputies are investigating a Sept. 28 report of fraud in the Glenwood Springs area.

Driving under restraint: Deputies took a call about a suspicious vehicle in the Battlement Mesa area at 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 28. Following an investigation, Damion Bruce Giacchino Jr., 19, of Parachute was summoned for driving while his license was under restraint.

Search and rescue: Deputies assisted Garfield Search and Rescue with the rescue of a hiker on the Hanging Lake Trail at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29. The hiker was safely rescued.

Criminal mischief: Deputies were called to a domestic disturbance in the 1200 block of County Road 154 in the Glenwood Springs area at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 29. Skyler Joseph Paradise, 20, of the same address, was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief.

Vandalism: Deputies took a report of graffiti damage to a building in the 5300 block of County Road 154 near Glenwood Springs on Sept. 29. There are no known suspects.

Criminal mischief: Deputies responded to a report filed Sept. 29 of heavy equipment on Douglas Pass that had been damaged and had parts removed. The case is under investigation.

Assault: Deputies and Carbondale police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of Highway 133 at 10 p.m. on Sept. 29. Andrew Lee Dodd, 23, of Carbondale was cited for assault.

Driving under the influence: Deputies stopped a motorist at Highway 133 and Eighth Street in Carbondale at 5:40 a.m. on Sept. 30. Hector Manuel Melendez-Cruz, 34, of Carbondale was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, failure to drive in a single lane and failing to obtain a Colorado driver’s license within 30 days after moving to the state. He was later released to a sober person.

Disorderly conduct: Deputies were called to a fight in the 27000 mile of Highway 6 near Rifle at 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 30. Two juvenile girls were charged with disorderly conduct.

Unattended death: Deputies responded to a residence in the Carbondale area at 1:25 p.m. on Sept. 30 to investigate an unattended death. The case remains under investigation pending the coroner’s report.

Violation of restraining order: A deputy was called to a location on I-70 at 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 regarding an intoxicated man. Arturo Lomeli-Gomez, 27, of Glenwood Springs was arrested on suspicion of violating a court order barring him from drinking and for violation of bail bond conditions. He was later freed on bond.

Driving under the influence: Deputies contacted a motorist at West Fifth and West Avenue in Rifle at 2 a.m. on Oct. 2 for failing to drive in a single lane. The driver, Juan Carlos Toscano-Salgado, 22, of Rifle was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving with an open container of alcohol, failure to drive in a single lane and driving with expired plates. He was later freed on bond.


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