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July 15, 2018
One Teen Killed, Another Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries in Rollover Accident

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a one-car rollover accident early this morning in Pueblo West that resulted in the death of a Pueblo teenager and life-threatening injuries to the 18-year-old driver.

Witnesses told deputies at about 12:45 a.m., they were driving southbound on Wildhorse Road in a separate vehicle following behind their friends, who were in a 1996 Toyota 4Runner. The witnesses said the driver of the 4Runner suddenly sped up and they lost sight of the vehicle. Moments later, the witnesses said they saw the 4Runner rolled in a field near the intersection of Wildhorse Road and Dunn Road.

One of the passengers died as result of injuries he sustained in the accident and the driver was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Another passenger, also a teenager, left the scene prior to First Responders arriving but reportedly had non-life threatening injuries.

The names of the three teens are not being released at this time.

Alcohol and speed are being considered factors in the accident. The investigation is ongoing.

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July 13, 2018
Two-Car Accident in Pueblo West Results in One Fatality

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a two-vehicle accident today in Pueblo West that resulted in the death of an elderly man.

Deputies and Pueblo West Fire personnel were dispatched to the area of McCulloch Boulevard and Quantico Drive at about 1 p.m. on a report of a traffic accident involving a dump truck and a 2001 Ford Windstar minivan. The driver of the minivan died as result of injuries he sustained in the accident. He has been identified as Ernest Marmy 83, according to Pueblo County Coroner Brian Cotter.

The driver of the dump truck was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. Traffic was re-routed around the accident scene for several hours.

The details of the accident are still under investigation, but speed and alcohol do not appear to be a factor.

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July 9, 2018
Pueblo West Man Arrested Following Tense Standoff Sunday Night

Timothy Tardif

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the PCSO SWAT Team successfully rescued four family members, including three children, who were being held inside their Pueblo West home by an armed man late Sunday night. SWAT team members later convinced the suspect to surrender peacefully following an hours-long standoff. No one was injured in the incident.

The suspect, Timothy Tardif, 36, was arrested on several felony charges following the tense standoff that included shots being fired by the suspect from inside the home and the dramatic rescue of his wife and three children, ages 10, 4 and 3.

Deputies responded to the home in the 900 block of S. Cayuga Drive at about 9:45 p.m. on the report of a family disturbance involving a man, who had barricaded himself inside the home and was firing a gun inside the home. The man, who deputies learned was a military veteran, also reportedly had refused to let his family leave the home.

The Sheriff’s SWAT Team was called out and learned the suspect, who had a loaded weapon and a box of ammunition, was in the living room area of the home and the woman and children were locked inside a bedroom. Deputies and SWAT members surrounded the home and at one point during the incident reported hearing shots fired inside the home. Neighbors were notified via a reverse 9-1-1 call to remain in their homes. About an hour into the incident, Deputies and SWAT members were able to safely get the mother and her children out of the home by cutting the screen and pulling them through a bedroom window.

Sheriff’s negotiators contacted the suspect by telephone and attempted to get him to surrender, but he refused. After nearly an hour of negotiations, the suspect came out of the home and was taken into custody without incident. During a subsequent search of the home, deputies recovered six shell casings and discovered holes in the wall and a door that appeared to be from gunshots.

Tardif was arrested and booked into Pueblo County Jail on four counts of menacing with a deadly weapon, four counts of false imprisonment, six counts of illegal discharge of a firearm, prohibited use of a weapon, domestic violence and three counts of child abuse.

“Although faced with an active threat, the quick actions of the deputies and the SWAT Team helped keep this situation contained to one location. Their patience and professionalism, thankfully, led to the safe rescue of the victims and the peaceful surrender of the suspect,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor.

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July 7, 2018
Detectives Arrest Tenant After Finding Illegal Marijuana Grow in Pueblo West Home

Grow @ Glenbrook Drive

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives arrested a 28-year-old man and seized 34 marijuana plants after uncovering an illegal grow in a Pueblo West home this afternoon. State law allows only 12 marijuana plants per household.

The Sheriff’s Office received a tip of a possible marijuana grow operation at a home at 1082 Glenbrook Drive. Deputies went to the home and observed signs of a possible grow operation, to include multiple large air conditioning units attached to the home.

Detectives then sought and executed a search warrant at the home and found the basement of the residence had been converted to a marijuana grow with 34 plants actively growing there. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $102,000.

Detectives arrested Sariel Cabrera Hernandez, the tenant of the property, for cultivation of Marijuana (30 or more plants, 18-18-406). He has been booked into Pueblo County Jail.

The Pueblo County Regional Building Department condemned the home due to extensive and unsafe alterations made to the electrical system.

Today’s grow bust is the fourth uncovered by the Sheriff’s Office in three weeks.

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July 3, 2018
STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Stage 2 restrictions prohibit the following:

• All open burning
• The sale or use of fireworks
• Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building
• Operating or using an internal combustion engine is not permitted on public lands without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
• Welding or operating acetylene or other similar torch with open flame unless said work is performed in an area at least 30 feet in diameter and is clear of flammable vegetation.

Pueblo County had been under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions since May 18. Violations of any of the fire restrictions can result in fines and mandatory court appearances. Those violating the restrictions can face fines up to $1,000.

Pueblo County joins several other regional counties, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service in implementing Stage 2 restrictions.

For more information on current fire restrictions and bans, visit the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control webpage at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/fire-bans-and-restrictions.

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July 2, 2018
Man Arrested for Starting 15-acre Fire Near Rye

Chris Forell

A 23-year-old man was arrested Sunday after welding outdoors and causing a brush fire that burned nearly 15 acres near Rye.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Christopher Forell for firing woods or prairie (CRS 18-13-109 (2) (a)) after a spark from a weld he was doing caught brush on fire that quickly spread to two adjacent properties. Pueblo County is currently under Stage 2 fire restrictions which strictly prohibit the use of a welder outdoors unless it is done in an area 30-feet in diameter that is clear of all flammables.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of 7300 Bondurant Road at about 4:50 p.m. Sunday on the report of an expanding brush fire. When deputies arrived, they spoke with Forell, whose property is where the fire originated. Forell admitted he was welding outdoors when he noticed grass burning underneath the area where he was working. Forell told deputies he tried to put the fire out but it spread quickly.

The fire consumed grass, trees and brush on three separate properties before it was extinguished. Rye Fire, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Bureau, Beulah Fire and Pueblo County Road & Bridge responded and assisted with putting out the fire. There were no structures damaged and no injuries were reported.

Forell has been booked into Pueblo County Jail.

“With the current extreme conditions that exist right now in this region, this could have evolved into a much larger fire with a very dire outcome had it not been for the quick response from our deputies and fire teams,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor.

“I continue to stress the importance of obeying the current fire restrictions, which do not allow any open burning,” Taylor said. “The decision to impose these fire restrictions is not taken lightly, and with the extremely dry conditions and lack of moisture, it is important that everyone take these restrictions seriously. We cannot afford the outcomes that result from violating these restrictions.”

Sheriff Taylor imposed Stage 2 fire restrictions for the Pueblo County on June 25. Prior to that, the county had been under Stage 1 restrictions since May 18.

Stage 2 restrictions prohibit the following:

• All open burning
• The sale or use of fireworks
• Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building
• Operating or using an internal combustion engine is not permitted on public lands without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
• Welding or operating acetylene or other similar torch with open flame unless said work is performed in an area at least 30-feet in diameter and is clear of flammable vegetation.

Violations of any of the Stage 2 fire restrictions can result in an arrest and fines up to $1,000.

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June 30, 2018
Parking Rules to be Enforced for Pueblo West Fourth of July Parade

With the annual Pueblo West Fourth of July Parade just days away, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens to follow all traffic laws, particularly with regard to overnight parking.

No vehicles can be parked for the parade prior to three days before the event per traffic code. Vehicles parked before Sunday, July 1, will be tagged as an abandoned vehicle. The owner of the vehicle will be required to move the vehicle. If the vehicle is not moved, it may be towed at owner’s expense.

Additionally, the model traffic code requires vehicles to be parked perpendicular to the roadway and to obey parking signs. Vehicles will not be allowed to park parallel on Joe Martinez Boulevard. Enforcement of this traffic law will begin July 1 and run through July 4. Violators will be ticketed.

Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said he knows the Fourth of July parade is a popular event but asks the public to follow laws and parking regulations to ensure safety for everybody.

“We want everyone to enjoy a safe and fun Independence Day.”

 

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June 25, 2018
Sheriff Taylor Issues Stage 2 Fire Restrictions for Pueblo County

Stage 2

Following consultation with area fire chiefs, Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor announced today the implementation of Stage 2 fire restrictions effective immediately due to ongoing dry conditions and the persistent fire danger in the county.

“This is not a decision taken lightly, but with the extreme level of the drought conditions and lack of moisture, the responsible and safe thing to do is to impose Stage 2 restrictions right now,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor.

Stage 2 restrictions prohibit the following:

• All open burning
• The sale or use of fireworks
• Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building
• Operating or using an internal combustion engine is not permitted on public lands without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
• Welding or operating acetylene or other similar torch with open flame unless said work is performed in an area at least 30 feet in diameter and is clear of flammable vegetation.

Pueblo County had been under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions since May 18. Violations of any of the fire restrictions can result in fines and mandatory court appearances. Those violating the restrictions can face fines up to $1,000.

Pueblo County joins several other regional counties, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service in implementing Stage 2 restrictions.

For more information on current fire restrictions and bans, visit the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control webpage at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dfpc/fire-bans-and-restrictions.

 

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June 24, 2018
Sheriff’s SWAT Team Persuade Armed Man to Surrender

Jeffery Wichert

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was successful in getting a 55-year-old man to surrender peacefully this morning after the suspect threatened to kill his girlfriend and then repeatedly fired a weapon outside his home in Southwest Pueblo County.

Jeffery Wichert was arrested at about 4 a.m. after the SWAT team was called to the residence in the 8500 block of Red Creek Springs Road on a report that the suspect was firing multiple shots outside the home. No one was injured.

Wichert’s girlfriend had called the Sheriff’s Office to report that she and Wichert had gone to dinner and on the way home, they began arguing. When they got to the home, the victim said Wichert, who had been drinking, threatened to kill her and then went outside and began shooting a gun. The woman said she was in fear for her life.

When deputies arrived in the area, they reported hearing several gunshots but were unable to see where they were coming from due to it being a heavily wooded area. Deputies returned to their vehicles where they heard several more shots, prompting the SWAT team to be called out to help resolve the situation.

When the SWAT team arrived, they used the armored BearCat tactical vehicle to drive up to the residence, where they were able to make verbal contact with Wichert. After brief negotiations, SWAT members were able to persuade Wichert to surrender peacefully. During the investigation, deputies found, in the vicinity of where Wichert was shooting, more than 20 shell casings belonging to multiple weapons.

Wichert was arrested for illegal discharge of a firearm, prohibited use of a firearm, menacing, reckless endangerment and domestic violence. He has been booked into the Pueblo County jail.

 

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June 22, 2018
Deputies Seize More than 400 Marijuana Plants Worth $1.2 Million From Extensive Pueblo West Home Grow

Walden Circle Grow2 (2)

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office busted an illegal marijuana grow Friday containing 420 plants found in multiple rooms in a Pueblo West home, including the bathrooms and a crawl space. The marijuana is valued at approximately $1.2 million. No arrests have been made, however, a warrant has been issued for the occupant of the home.

This was the second grow bust made by the Sheriff’s Office in less than 24 hours and the third since June 15. The two previous illegal grows contained a little more than 50 plants each. Sheriff’s narcotics detectives do not believe any of the grow operations are related.

In today’s bust, sheriff’s deputies received a call from a concerned citizen about a strong odor of marijuana coming from a home at 1240 S. Walden Circle. Deputies contacted the renter of the home, who admitted to growing marijuana, but told deputies he had only100 plants. The resident allowed deputies into the home where they discovered there were more than the 12 plants allowed by state law. Deputies then exited the home and requested a warrant to search. They later obtained and executed the search warrant and found approximately 420 marijuana plants in various stages of growth throughout the tri-level home. Marijuana plants were found growing in four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a family room, a crawl space, laundry room, and a double-car garage that had been divided into two separate grow rooms. The kitchen and living room were the only areas of the home that did not have plants or grow equipment in them.

“This is nothing more than a grow house,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “The electrical and heating systems had been altered significantly, windows were covered and irrigation systems were rigged up throughout the home. The only livable space was the kitchen and living room. This was designed to be nothing more than a black market grow.”

The Pueblo Regional Building Department condemned the home due to the extensive and unsafe electrical and duct work in the home. There also was evidence of black mold in several rooms at the residence. This same home was the site of an illegal grow bust in 2016, however, detectives do not believe the same individuals are involved.

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