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Glenwood Springs Police Report

Editor’s note: The Glenwood Springs Police 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.

Driving under the influence and child abuse: Officers were called to a report of child abuse on the street in the 2100 block of Sunset Ridge Court at 8:10 p.m. on Aug. 1. Jose Andrade-Rivera, 31, of Glenwood Springs was arrested on suspicion of child abuse, driving under the influence, careless driving, driving without proof of insurance and a $100 Garfield County warrant for an earlier harassment charge.

Warrant arrest: Officers on foot patrol observed a man drinking in public at the north end of the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge at 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 2. The man gave a false name, but they then determined his true identity. Jeffrey Leroy Sween, 44, of Lakewood was wanted on a $10,000 warrant for failure to appear on multiple traffic offenses. He was lodged in the county jail on the warrant and an additional charge of criminal impersonation.



Warrant arrest: Front Range authorities contacted police about a Glenwood Springs man wanted on a $5,000 arrest warrant from Broomfield for assault. Officers arrested Robert Dean Swartz, 47, at his residence in the 500 block of 10th Street at 1:45 p.m. on Aug. 2 and lodged him at the county jail.

Theft by receiving: A previous case led officers to contact a man regarding the purchase of stolen property valued at $3,000. Luis Hernandez-Vasquez, 21, of Glenwood Springs was contacted in the 100 block of West Sixth Street at 4:15 p.m. on Aug. 2 and arrested on suspicion of theft by receiving.



Criminal mischief: Officers responded to a parking lot at Veltus Park at 5 p.m. on Aug. 3 for a report of a car break-in and tagging of facilities in the park. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Elias Medrano and Eliseo Medrano, both 19, of Glenwood Springs, on suspicion of criminal mischief and trespass.

Illegal camping: Officers were called to the 300 block of Seventh Street for a report of men sleeping at 12:15 a.m. on Aug. 4. Justin Lee McElwain, 23, of Lithia, Fla., was cited for illegal camping, and Michael Dawane Peters, 31, of Westfir, Ore., was arrested on suspicion of illegal camping and disorderly conduct.

Motor vehicle theft: A motorist reported their car stolen from the parking lot of the Glenwood Springs Mall at 1 p.m. on Aug. 4. At 3:45 p.m., the vehicle was found stuck in a ditch up the Red Mountain Road, and a witness described the man seen getting out of the vehicle accompanied by a young boy. Following an investigation, officers arrested William Baine Langley, 42, of Glenwood Springs on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, theft from a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, criminal mischief and child abuse. A tow truck pulled the vehicle from the ditch and the owner was able to drive it away.

Violation of restraining order: Officers were called to the Eagles Club at 11 p.m. on Aug. 4 on a report of a man drinking in violation of a court order. David Pease, 48, of Glenwood Springs was arrested and lodged in the county jail.

Underage drinking: A passing officer was flagged over to The Bayou for a disturbance at 1:35 a.m. on Aug. 5. The bouncer was in the process of ejecting two men, including one found to be underage. Gabriel Vasquez-Munoz, 20, of Basalt was cited for underage drinking.

Shoplifting: Officers were called to Safeway at 6 p.m. on Aug. 5 on a report of a shoplifter. Marlene Rodriguez, 27, of Glenwood Springs was cited for petty theft of merchandise worth $27.

Petty theft and trespass: Officers were called to the Amtrak depot at 8 p.m. on Aug. 5 after being called by railroad authorities about a man who had boarded the train elsewhere and failed to pay for the $35 ticket to Glenwood Springs. Thomas Ray, 45, of Glenwood Springs was arrested on suspicion of trespass and theft.

Driving under the influence: Officers observed a vehicle weaving in the 2000 block of Blake Avenue at 2:10 a.m. on Aug. 6. Robert Ellery Howard, 28, of Aurora was cited for driving under the influence, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without proof of insurance and failure to drive in a single lane. He was given a courtesy ride to a friend’s home.

Marijuana cultivation: Officers were called to a residence on Airport Road at 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 6 on a report of an indoor marijuana growing operation. Upon entry, officers discovered a lights, fans, other equipment and 75 marijuana plants. When the resident, Curtis Nathan Holland, 41, of Glenwood Springs returned home, he was arrested on suspicion of growing more than 30 marijuana plants and lodged at the county jail.

Underage drinking: Officers discovered five underage people drinking in a vehicle in the 900 block of Grand Avenue at 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 7. Officers cited Esly Adriana Pastrana Santana, 19, Flora Lilian Garcia, 19, and Oscar Loya Mojica, 20, all of Glenwood Springs, and two other teens under 18 for underage drinking.

Driving under the influence: Officers spotted a vehicle without tail lights in the 2600 block of South Glen Avenue at 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 7. Nathan Vern Mitton, 26, of Durango was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and failure to turn on his vehicle’s head and tail lights.

Open container: Karl Stewart Jones, 52, of Glenwood Springs was cited for open container and drinking in public in the 1900 block of Grand Avenue at 12:10 p.m. on Aug. 7.

Warrant arrest: William George Cockrell, 19, of Carbondale turned himself in at 4:50 p.m. on Aug. 7 on a $250 warrant for a charge of public indecency. He was lodged at the county jail.

Violation of restraining order: Police responded to a call of a man violating a restraining order preventing his contact with a juvenile girl in the 100 block of Soccer Field Road at 10:45 p.m. on Aug. 7. Mario Ruiz-Alvarado, 18, of Carbondale was arrested for violation of a restraining order and lodged at the county jail.


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