Crime Briefs: Carbondale man arrested in dog beating

Will Grandbois

Carbondale police responded to a report that a man had severely beaten his friend’s dog early on the morning of March 8, and subsequently arrested Kyle Patrick Spear, 31, of Carbondale.

The owner of the dog, a friend of Spear’s, said he couldn’t stop the incident and ran from the house before calling police.

According to Spear’s arrest affidavit, no one answered the first time police knocked on the door, but during the second knock, Spear came into view holding a dog off the ground by its collar as it gasped for air. He then threw it several feet into a stove and stood over it yelling before attempting to mop up what appeared to be blood on the kitchen floor.

Spear came to the door on the third knock and was arrested for felony cruelty to animals.



Paul Robert Reaser, 40, of Glenwood, was arrested on March 6 after he reportedly attacked his landlord.

According to Reaser’s arrest affidavit, the incident began when Reaser’s landlord asked him to move his vehicle. He responded by dumping a clean basket of laundry into the mud, and was told to move out. Enraged, he arrived at his landlord’s second-floor apartment uninvited and hit him repeatedly with his fist and a cooking pot.

Reaser admitted to the altercation and was booked on charges of felony burglary and misdemeanor assault.


When Alan Scott Maldonado was pulled over for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign on March 7, Parachute police found that the white van he was driving had been reported stolen in Florida.

Maldonado, 47, of Craig, had seven failures to appear since 1985 and got out of the car during the stop and told police he didn’t see the stop sign. When the plate came back stolen, he was arrested for felony theft. Asked if he had any weapons, he surrendered a set of brass knuckles, adding misdemeanor possession of an illegal weapon to the charges.


Glenwood Police are looking for a woman who dropped some heroin while leaving a local gas station. Surveillance footage is available online at Anyone with information is encouraged to call the GSPD at 970-384-6500 or Garfield County Crime Stoppers at 970-945-0101.

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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