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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.

Violation of restraining order, tampering: Deputies were advised of a protection order violation at 2 p.m. on April 23 in the 100 block of Sipprelle Drive in Glenwood Springs. After an investigation, Donald Monroe Gray, 60, of Rifle, was charged with violation of a protection order and tampering with a witness or victim and was booked at the Garfield County Jail.

Indecent exposure: Deputies were advised by dispatch of a indecent exposure call at 1:43 p.m. on April 26 near Carbondale. Deputies and the Carbondale Police Department responded and investigated the incident. The case is currently under investigation.



Accidental discharge: At 12:45 a.m. on April 25, deputies were advised of a firearm being fired in the 800 block of W. Battlement Parkway outside of Parachute. Deputies responded and discovered a firearm had been accidentally discharged in a dwelling.

Driving under the influence, resisting arrest: Deputies were advised of an accident at 6:19 a.m. on April 25 at County Roads 210 and 225 outside of Rifle. Deputies responded and were able to contact the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident. Jeffrey Allen Craw, 50, of Silt, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of DUI, driving with a revoked license and multiple traffic related charges, as well as resisting arrest. Craw was transported to the Garfield County Jail and booked on the charges. He was released on bond.



Possession of cocaine, stolen documents: A deputy contacted a vehicle at 8:07 p.m. on April 25 on Interstate 70 outside of Parachute for speeding. The deputy found that the driver, Julio Vaca-Bernal, 35, of Hays, was driving without insurance and in possession of a small amount of cocaine. Vaca-Bernal was also found to be in possession of 11 suspected stolen identification documents and 5 suspected stolen financial devices. Vaca-Bernal was arrested for possession of cocaine and the stolen documents and transported to Garfield County Jail.

Warrant arrest: Deputies contacted a vehicle at 1:27 a.m. on April 27 for a traffic violation at E. Main Street and Burning Mountain Road in New Castle. The passenger, Noe Ramirez, 24, of New Castle, was taken into custody on a warrant and the driver was released with a warning.

Theft: Deputies took a report of a theft at 12:48 p.m. on April 27 on Interstate 70 outside of Parachute. Approximately 500 gallons of diesel fuel was siphoned from heavy equipment on site.

Burglary: At 3:03 p.m. on April 27, deputies were advised of a cold burglary in the 500 block of E. Diamond A Ranch Road in Aspen Glen near Carbondale. No leads where found. The case is closed pending any other leads.

Warrant arrest: At 5:24 p.m. on April 27, deputies were advised of a juvenile with a warrant at the front desk of the Sheriff’s Office. The warrant was for failure to appear on a minor in possession charge. The boy was arrested and released on a summons.

Careless driving: Deputies received a report of a school bus drive-by at 6:55 p.m. on April 27 in the 27000 block of Highway 6 in Rifle. Deputies located the suspect vehicle and the driver, Bibiana Rangel-Acosta, 40, of Rifle, was issued a citation for careless driving.

Warrant arrest: At 7:43 p.m. on April 27, deputies arrested Martin Martinez-Solis, 46, of Rifle, in the 27000 block of Highway 6 in Rifle on an active warrant for sexual assault on a child.

Warrant arrest: Deputies contacted a vehicle at 9:29 p.m. on April 27 in the 1000 mile of County Road 311 outside of Silt for a traffic violation. The driver, Bruce Lyle Baker, 58, of Vernal, Utah, was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant and transported to the Garfield County Jail. He was released on bond.

Theft: A deputy was advised of a cold theft at 1:24 p.m. on April 28 which occurred near New Castle. A deputy responded and investigated the incident where firearms were stolen from a residence. The case is currently under investigation.

Indecent exposure: At 3:23 p.m. on April 29, a deputy was dispatched to a report of indecent exposure in the 1200 block of Airport Road in Glenwood Springs near the Roaring Fork river. A report was taken, but deputies were unable to locate the suspect. The case is inactive pending any further leads.

Warrant arrest: At 3:25 a.m. on April 29, deputies were in the 800 block of Castle Valley Boulevard in New Castle and identified a man that had a warrant. Shawn Robert Ealahan-Gauthier, 29, of Carbondale, was taken into custody and booked into the Garfield County Jail on the warrant. He was released on bond.

Vicious dog: Garfield County Animal Control responded to a reported dog bite at 4:04 p.m. on April 29 on Interstate 70 near the No Name Tunnel bike path. The dog’s owner, Mountain Lee Taylor, 24, of Glenwood Springs, was located and issued a summons for a vicious animal and a dog at large. The dog was placed into quarantine.

Criminal mischief: At 10:04 p.m. on April 29, deputies were advised of several juveniles that had caused less than five hundred dollars in damage in the 800 block of W. Battlement Parkway outside of Parachute. Two juveniles, from Rifle and Parachute, were located and released to their parents with a summons. Deputies are still investigating.


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