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Crime Briefs: Couple arrested in room full of syringes and cats

Ryan Summerlin
rsummerlin@postindependent.com

Glenwood Springs police teamed up with a bail bondsman and a couple of bounty hunters at the Starlight Lodge in Glenwood Springs to bust a couple with warrants from across Colorado.

Officers arrested the pair, a 38-year-old woman and 34-year-old man, without incident.

But they also found on the side tables and sink syringes both new and used. Some were full of what officers believed to be methamphetamine.

They also found five cats in the motel room.

Searching the room further, “officers discovered a large amount of syringes in multiple areas of the room, bathroom, luggage, side tables and drawers,” according to an affidavit.

Police also found a credit card. Later, the owner of that card would say the 38-year-old woman had stolen the card and had made several charges to it.

Both the man and woman were arrested on charges of distribution of a controlled substance, a class 3 drug felony; identity theft, a class 4 felony; and conspiracy to commit, a class 5 felony.

The woman was also charged with criminal possession of a forged item, a class 6 felony; and criminal impersonation, a class 6 felony.

Her lesser charges included false reporting to authorities and criminal possession of a financial device, both misdemeanors, and possession of drug paraphernalia and unauthorized use of a financial device, both petty offenses.

The 34-year-old man was also arrested on charges of criminal possession of a financial device, a misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia and unauthorized use of a financial device, both petty offenses.

She had a felony warrant out of Adams County, and he had warrants out of El Paso County and Lakewood.

Code enforcement took the cats to Colorado Animal Rescue.

Transient man pulls a knife

A man passing by Centennial Park in Glenwood Springs probably didn’t anticipate getting a knife pulled on him when he stopped to cuss out a couple of transient men for smoking marijuana.

But that’s what happened Sunday afternoon, one witness told police.

Paul McCullough, 44, identified by police as a transient, got into an argument with the passing man. They started shoving one another, and the McCullough man pulled a knife, documents in the case say. He slashed at the other man while the two were only about 2 to 4 feet apart, according to a witness.

McCullough was arrested on a charge of attempted first-degree aggravated assault with a weapon, a class 5 felony.

Sibling rivalry LEADS to arson

Glenwood Springs police arrested a 20-year-old Glenwood Springs man after reports that he set ablaze a life-size cardboard cutout of a sibling.

The young man was at home alone with his 17-year-old stepsister, who at some point smelled smoke in the house.

Investigating the source, she found that the cardboard cutout of her brother was on fire, as well as an adjacent wall, according to police.

She turned around to see her 20-year-old stepbrother smiling, holding a glass of water, she told police.

“I did it to make you mad. Did it work?” he later said, according to her report.

The young man’s father then called police, reporting that the fire was a suicide attempt.

The young man later told police he was upset over some family issues. For one, his father had not given him a ride to a job interview, he told police. He told officers there were some ongoing issues between him and his sister.

He was arrested on a charge of second-degree arson, a class 4 felony.

family heirloom STOLEN

A couple who live near New Castle did a favor in April by letting a family friend’s son stay at their home.

The 44-year-old man from Long Beach, California, was to stay for two weeks. But on the first day, the woman noticed some suspicious behavior. When she came home she heard hurried footsteps coming from their bedroom, though she found their guest sitting in the living room.

She later found her underwear drawer askew but didn’t think much of it until she opened her jewelry drawer and found a prized necklace missing.

This was a gold necklace with an ornate emblem of platinum with a half-carat diamond, a piece crafted by melting down other pieces of her mother’s jewelry. The couple said this necklace was worth $20,000.

By this time the 44-year-old man had fled to Los Angeles, where he’d later say he sold the necklace. In text messages he apologized to the woman and told her where he’d sold the necklace.

He was arrested Sunday on charges of theft between $20,000 and $100,000, a class 4 felony. The Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office later added a charge of second-degree burglary of a dwelling, a class 3 felony.


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