Crime briefs |

Crime briefs

Editor’s note: The Garfield County Sheriff’s 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.

Drunk driving: At 11:04 p.m. on Sept. 28, deputies stopped a vehicle on I-70 near Parachute. After investigating, they arrested Ronald Dale Bugay, 46, of Rifle, on charges of drunk driving, having an open alcoholic container in the vehicle, and not having a light to illuminate his license plate.

Assault: At 5 a.m. on Sept. 29, deputies were called to a reported domestic assault near Rifle. They arrested and jailed Leroy Heald, 34, of Rifle, on charges of third degree assault, child abuse and domestic violence.

Warrant arrest: At 8:34 a.m. on Sept. 30, deputies were informed that a man in the Rifle area was wanted for failing to comply with court orders. After confirming the warrant, deputies arrested and jailed Richard Charles Michael Dunning, 31, of Rifle.

Unattended death: At 7:20 p.m. on Oct. 3, deputies investigated an unattended death in the Rifle area. No other information was available in the daily Sheriff’s incident report.

Theft of vehicle, weapon: At 11:55 a.m. on Oct. 3, deputies responded to a reported theft of a vehicle and a weapon outside the Rifle city limits. The vehicle was recovered, but the weapon remains missing, and the case is under investigation.

Possession of drugs and a gun: At 3:33 p.m. on Oct. 4, deputies contacted the occupants of a vehicle outside of Rifle. After investigating, they arrested and jailed Daniel Alejandro Garcia Najera, 18, of Rifle, on charges of drug possession, possession of a handgun by a juvenile, auto theft and others.

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