Crime Briefs: Am I back in Denver yet?
Glenwood Springs police responded to a call June 1 from a feuding former couple from Denver to find that both were under the influence of prescription drugs.
Allison Serekis, 32, told police that she had come to Glenwood to “get away from the city” with her ex-boyfriend, Ryan Lix, 39. She wanted to drive back alone, but Lix refused to leave the car. They had been driving around for some time, she said, and she thought she might be back in Denver, or in a dream.
Serekis failed roadside maneuvers and admitted to taking several prescribed medications, and said she wasn’t sure if she was supposed to drive with using them.
Lix, whom the arresting officer described as “jittery,” admitted he had taken methamphetamine earlier in the day and said Serekis had also given him some Adderall, a stimulant typically used to treat attention deficit disorders. He was arrested for unlawful use of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, while Serekis was arrested for felony distribution of a controlled substance, driving under the influence and failure to provide proof of insurance.
TEEN IN VEHICLE CARRYING METH
A traffic stop for a damaged brake light and obstructed license plate on Interstate 70 through Glenwood Springs early May 27 ended with three adults in jail and one minor in protective custody when deputies found methamphetamine in the truck.
The driver, Caitlin Grandona, 19, of Northridge, California, was unable to provide proof of insurance and seemed anxious. The other occupants, Brandon Nicoson, 22, of Grand Junction; Brittney Ferpes, 31, of Grand Junction; and a 13-year-old boy were ordered out of the Chevy Tahoe.
After a police dog indicated the presence of drugs in the truck, deputies discovered 185 grams of methamphetamine, several glass pipes and a journal containing suspected drug-dealing records.
Grandona, Nicoson and Ferpes were each arrested on two felony counts of distribution of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a felony. Grandona also faces potential misdemeanor charges of failure to provide proof of insurance, defective tail lamp and improperly attached vehicle validation. Ferpes, who turned over a butterfly knife and set of brass knuckles, also faces felony possession of a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor child abuse.
THIS TRUCK IS CURSED
When Mark Havens was caught rummaging through a Jeep on the night of June 1, he initially told Glenwood Springs Police that it was his and he was trying to clean it out, but later asserted that he was trying to remove a curse.
Havens, 41, Lakewood, had thrown several items onto the ground and was wearing only a pair of jeans when he was discovered. The Jeep’s owner told police that tennis ball, bottle of wine, belt, socks, T-shirt, and a couple of court summonses found in the vehicle didn’t belong to him, and added that someone had plugged in the cigarette lighter.
Havens was arrested for felony trespass, attempt to commit a misdemeanor and misdemeanor tampering.
I LOST MY DOG, OFFICER
Loyd Fuller III told deputies he was looking for a lost dog when deputies discovered him trespassing in an impound yard near Glenwood Springs on the night of May 25.
Fuller, 30, of Silt, had given his brother’s name when he was pulled over with no license, registration or insurance in a car with a false license plate on May 2. His car was towed and a warrant was issued for criminal impersonation, a felony, as well as driving under restraint, displaying a fictitious plate, failure provide proof of insurance and failure to stop.
Given that the only access to the lot was over a barbed wire fence and he was found with a pair of black gloves and a single ladies’ stocking — presumably to be used as a mask — deputies were disinclined to accept Fuller’s lost-dog explanation. He was arrested for felony burglary, felony trespass, two counts of attempt to commit a felony and misdemeanor trespass.
FAKE PRESCRIPTION TROUBLES
The warrant for her friend Chelsea Challis didn’t stop Mandy Collins from attempting to fill false prescriptions for several Schedule II drugs from the same stolen pad on May 22, authorities allege.
Collins, 37, of New Castle, spoke with police on the phone and agreed to come into the station, but never showed up.
She was arrested May 29 for possession of a controlled substance, fraud in obtaining a controlled substance, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor forgery and possession of a forged instrument, four days after Challis turned herself in on similar charges.
FELON RIDING SHOTGUN
After Eagle County authorities issued an alert, Glenwood Springs police pulled over white pickup and confronted the shotgun-toting passenger, Damon Taschler.
Taschler, 40, of Silt, had a non-extraditable warrant out of California and a previous felony conviction that barred him from owning a firearm. The gun had not been reported lost or stolen, and Taschler told police that he had purchased it from a friend and was bringing it back home.
He was arrested for possession of a weapon by a previous offender, a felony.
MAN CHARGED WITH RESISTING
A deputy conducting an unrelated traffic stop near Parachute attempted to check on Tyrone Voight after he hit a curb nearby and spun, but he sped away.
When the deputy caught up and stopped the Buick, Voight, 33, of Parachute, failed roadside maneuvers but resisted being handcuffed. Authorities allege that he fought as a pair of officers cuffed him and forced him into the back of the car, hurting one in the process. He continued to kick and scream that he’d done nothing wrong all the way to the Garfield County Jail, where he was booked for felony assault, resisting arrest, driving under the influence, speeding and failure to provide proof of insurance.
Editor’s note: Crime Briefs are drawn from arrest affidavits and other public documents. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
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Officer Haley Walker sat beside her stepmother in a windowless interrogation room just before starting the overnight shift on Thursday evening.