Crime Briefs: Trying to help a friend backfires |

Crime Briefs: Trying to help a friend backfires

Will Grandbois

Note: Charges were later dropped or reduced in these cases.

An overzealous attempt to keep a drunk friend out of trouble led to three arrests in Parachute on the night of June 6.

Bethany Jeffryes, 18, of Rifle, and Brady Jeffreys, 21, Parachute reportedly fought with an intoxicated woman before Shane Ellis, 21, of Rifle, could lock her in his car. When police arrived, the woman seized the opportunity to escape and call her mother.

Bethany Jeffryes was arrested for felony kidnapping, misdemeanor assault, harassment and obstruction of telephone services, while Brady Jeffryes faces potential charges of felony assault and alcohol violations, and Ellis of felony kidnapping and disorderly conduct.


Bruce Bernard, 57, of Rifle was arrested on June 5 after his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend told police he was harassing them.

Bernard, they said, had come over to the house, thrown some of their possessions around the yard, and threatened to kill them.

Parachute police picked Bernard up a few hours later for driving while revoked as a habitual traffic offender, a felony, as well as driving under the influence, harassment, disorderly conduct and menacing, which would be treated as domestic violence for the purposes of sentencing if he is ultimately convicted.

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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