Rifle Police Department and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Crime Report – May 15, 2014
Editor’s note: The Rifle Police Department and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office reports the following incidents and arrests. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
DUI: Officers made a traffic stop in the 200 block of West 3rd Street on April 27. Sean Michael Tompkins, 32, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se, failure to obey traffic control devices and careless driving. He was taken to jail.
Business damaged: On April 28, police responded to a report of damage to a business in the 1900 block of Railroad Avenue. The case is under investigation.
Theft: On April 29, police took a report of the theft of scrap copper from the 1900 block of Railroad Avenue. The case is under investigation.
Vicious animal: Officers responded to a report of two dogs that had killed a cat in the 2500 block of East Avenue on April 29. Jamie Dixon, 29, was issued a summons for having a vicious and potentially dangerous animal.
Vicious dogs: Officers received a report of a light brown pit bull chasing children at West Fifth Street and Elm Avenue on April 29. When officers arrived, two pit bulls ran into the street after the officers. Caitlin Palm, 25, was issued a summons for not having proof of rabies vaccinations on the dogs, allowing them to run at large and having vicious and potentially dangerous dogs.
Juvenile offenses: Police responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 300 block of East Third Street on April 29. Two 17-year-old juveniles were located in the residence, and both were arrested on suspicion of first degree criminal trespass, one was also arrested on suspicion of possession of suspected marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both juveniles were released to a guardian.
Stolen bike: Officers were contacted by a male juvenile at Rifle High School on April 30, who reported his bicycle had been stolen while he was at school for one hour. The case is under investigation.
Vicious dogs: Officers responded to several complaints of a large black and tan dog running loose, chasing and being aggressive to children in the 2500 block of Meadow Circle on April 30. Leroy Heald, 34, was issued a summons for allowing the dog to run at large, having a vicious and potentially dangerous dog.
Vicious dog: Officers received a report of a brown/white pit bull mix running loose and barking at children in the 2800 block of Howard Avenue on May 1. Tawnya Guthrie, 34, was issued a summons for not having proof of rabies vaccination or license for the dog, allowing it to run at large and having a vicious and potentially dangerous animal.
Warrant arrest: Police contacted a man in the 300 block of East Ninth Street on May 1. Christopher Moreno, 21, of Rifle, was arrested on an active warrant and taken to jail.
Theft: On May 2, police took a report of theft from the 1000 block of Airport Road. An unknown man allegedly stole $360.
Warrant arrest: Officers contacted Jonathan Brown, 42, of Rifle, at his residence in the 700 block of East Avenue on May 2. Brown was known to have two warrants out of Rio Blanco County for failure to appear. He was arrested and taken to jail.
Order violation: Police responded to a hit and run accident in the 700 block of Smith Street on May 2. Officers located the vehicle that left the scene and placed the driver, Eric Ortiz, 45, of Rifle, under arrest for suspicion of violation of a protection order, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Ortiz was taken to jail.
Home burglarized: Police took a report of a burglary in the 700 block of East Avenue on May 3. Unknown person(s) broke a door into the residence and took several items. The case is under investigation.
Fight: Police responded to a report of a fight in the 1100 block of Park Avenue on May 3. The case is under investigation.
Drug paraphernalia: An officer contacted a juvenile that had dropped suspected drug paraphernalia in the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave., on May 3. The juvenile was issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia and released.
Highway obstruction: Officers responded to a report of an allegedly intoxicated woman lying in the roadway at U.S. Highway 6 and White River Avenue on May 3. Lee Hodgen, 45, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a highway and was taken to jail.
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