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Rifle Police Report

Editor’s note: The Rifle Police 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.

Assault: Police took a report at 5 a.m. on Sept. 13 from a man who said he was assaulted when he confronted another person who was allegedly breaking into his vehicle in the 500 block of Airport Road. The incident is under investigation.

Violation of court order: Police were called to the Rifle probation office regarding a man who had been drinking despite a court order barring him from consuming alcohol. Richard John Koucherik, 47, of Rifle was arrested for violating the court order.



Harassment: Police responded to a domestic disturbance at 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 14 in the 300 block of East Fourth Street. Brandon Jensen, 25, of Rifle, was arrested on suspicion of harassment and domestic violence and lodged at the county jail.

Driving under the influence: Officers stopped a motorist in the 1500 block of Railroad Avenue at 1:40 a.m. on Sept. 17. The driver, Michale Frank Bartucco, 22, of Rifle was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving while his license was under restraint and improper parking.



Criminal mischief: Police are investigating a report of criminal mischief in the 200 block of Railroad Avenue on Sept. 17.

Violation of court order: Police were called about loud noise in the 600 block of West 24th Street at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 17. Matthew E. Archambault, 38, of Rifle was arrested on suspicion of violating a court order barring him from drinking.

Violation of court order: Police were called to a disturbance in the 700 block of Whiteriver Avenue at 12:47 a.m. on Sept. 18. Crystal Lee Richardson, 33, of Rifle was arrested on suspicion of violating a court order barring her from drinking. At 9 p.m. that evening, police arrested Richardson on suspicion of making a false report earlier that day regarding claims of domestic violence.

Driving under the influence: Officers stopped a motorist for littering at Fairway Avenue and Fifth Street at 1 p.m. on Sept. 19. Mary Catherine Yates, 49, of Rifle was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, unsafe lane change, tailgating and driving with a defective tail light.

Warrant arrest: Officers responded to the 800 block of Whiteriver Avenue for a verbal disturbance and found that one person involved was wanted on a warrant. Nicholas Jory Dow, 21, of Rifle, was arrested on the warrant. No other charges resulted from the incident.

Reports: Police took a report of an item stolen from the 1500 block of Railroad Avenue and an assault in the 200 block of West 20th Street on Sept. 19.

Driving under restraint: Police stopped a motorist for speeding in a school zone in the 1200 block of County Road 294 at 8 a.m. on Sept. 20. Andrade Pena Rocendo, 33, of Rifle was arrested on suspicion of driving while his license was revoked for an earlier offense and speeding 10 mph over the limit.

Warrant arrest: Police were called to the Rifle probation office at 9 a.m. on Sept. 20 for a man there wanted on a Jefferson County warrant. Daniel Lee Happle, 34, of Rifle was arrested on the warrant.

Vehicle theft: A resident reported his vehicle stolen from his residence in the 200 block of East 21st Street at 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 21. The vehicle was recovered later and the incident is under investigation.

Shoplifting: Officers were called to Jon’s Liquors at 10 p.m. on Sept. 21 regarding a customer who concealed items and left the store without paying. The suspect is known and being sought by police.

Violation of restraining order: An 11-year-old boy was taken into police custody in the 300 block of East Seventh Street at 4 p.m. on Sept. 22 after he walked by the home of a person who had a restraining order against him. The boy was released to his parents with a summons.

Harassment: Officers are investigating a report of telephone or computer harassment reported on Sept. 22.

Harassment: Police were called to a fight between two teenage girls at the Rifle Skate Park at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22. Following an investigation, a 17-year-old girl was cited for harassment.

Violation of court order: Police working on another matter in the 600 block of West 24th Street at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 came into contact with a man who was under a court order barring him from drinking. Donald Monroe Gray, 60, of Rifle, had been drinking and was arrested.

Warrant arrest: While investigating a suspicious incident in the 1000 block of Railroad Avenue at 9 p.m. on Sept. 22, officers encountered a man wanted on a warrant. Christopher Scott Alan Hart, age unknown, was arrested on a failure to comply warrant from a controlled substance case.

Child abuse: Officers were called to the 1000 block of Airport Road at 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 23 regarding four young children left unattended in a vehicle. The guardian of the children, Brenda Gonzalez-Mendez, 22, of Rifle was cited for child abuse and neglect.

Burglary: Officers are investigating a forced-entry burglary of a business in the 800 block of Railroad Avenue that was reported at 8 a.m. on Sept. 24. Several items valued at less than $500 were stolen.

Expired plates: The owner of a vehicle with expired plates that was parked in the 100 block of Whiteriver Avenue was cited for parking an inoperable vehicle on public property at 12:25 p.m. on Sept. 24. The vehicle owned by Marcus Antonio Arroyo, 19, of Rifle was impounded.

Theft: A wallet was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 2400 block of Meadow Circle on Sept. 25.

Driving under the influence: Police stopped a motorist for careless driving in the 1600 block of Railroad Avenue at 11:20 p.m. on Sept. 25. Amy Louise Taggert, 44, of North Potomac, Md., was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and careless driving.


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