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March 21, 2019
Sheriff’s Detectives Assist U.S. Marshals in Arresting Suspect in Texas Cold Case

 

Jesse Hogue

Jesse Hogue

Members of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations and Narcotics Unit with assistance from the U.S. Marshal Service arrested a 73-year-old man today in connection with a 1994 cold case murder in Texas.

Jesse Hogue, who had an address on Desert Cove Drive in Pueblo West, was arrested on a murder warrant out of Potter County, Texas. Pueblo County Sheriff’s Detectives and U.S. Marshals saw Hogue driving near Platteville Boulevard and N. Raymont Drive about 12:10 p.m. today and initiated a traffic stop. Hogue was taken into custody without incident.

Investigators in Potter County, Texas recently re-opened the cold case investigation into the February 1994 murder of Jackie Hogue, 40, who was found dead in her Texas home. Texas investigators recently took the case to the Potter County Grand Jury, which issued the murder warrant for Jesse Hogue. Authorities learned Jesse Hogue had moved to Colorado and was living in Pueblo West.

The U.S. Marshal Service sought the assistance of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Special Investigations and Narcotics Unit in locating and arresting Hogue. Hogue has been booked into the Pueblo County Jail.

“This was great teamwork by our detectives and the U.S. Marshal Service in locating and arresting this suspect and bringing some resolution to this 25-year-old cold case,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor.

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March 14, 2019
Widespread Damage Reported Throughout Pueblo County Due to Strong Winds

 

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Pueblo County Sheriff/Emergency Manager Kirk M. Taylor, reported dozens of wind-related incidents throughout the city and county of Pueblo due to the strong winds and blowing snow and rain that has been ravaging the city and county of Pueblo since early afternoon.

Pueblo City Schools and Pueblo County District 70 officials, upon the recommendation of Sheriff Taylor, cancelled classes for Thursday due to the National Weather Service forecast for the strong winds to continue throughout the morning. Wind gusts are expected to be in excess of 40 mph with gusts as high as 75 mph. “School closure recommendations were not taken lightly but I would rather error on the side of caution when it comes to the safety of our children,” said Sheriff Taylor.

At approximately 1 p.m., calls began coming into the city and county 9-1-1 centers reporting downed power lines, residential alarms, uprooted trees, debris and structural damage as wind gusts reported up to 80 mph blew in Pueblo County. Black Hills energy has been responding to every report of power outage and has been able to restore service in a short time. San Isabel Electric company has reported no power outages so far in rural pueblo county.

Among the hardest hit areas in the county were in Blende and on the St. Charles Mesa and in Pueblo West. Deputies responded to Anthony’s Paper Products, 1811 Santa Fe Drive, on a report of roof debris on the highway. The debris prompted responders to shut down the highway for a brief period. In Pueblo West, damage was reported to the roof of the Pueblo West Metropolitan District Office, 109 E. Industrial Blvd. The metal roof damaged a vehicle in a nearby parking lot. Structural damage to the building led to a gas leak that required the evacuation of the Metro District staff. The leak was capped. No injuries were reported in either incident. Industrial Boulevard from Aspen Ski Way to Research Drive is closed due to debris on the road.
In the city, The Connect Charter School, 104 E. Seventh Street, sustained significant damage after a parapet wall on the roof was blown over and collapsed a portion of the roof. There were no injuries reported. Students and staff were evacuated and later sent home for the day.

Four additional structures within the City suffered moderate to severe damage that resulted in displacement of the occupants. Trees were uprooted throughout the city. So far, no injuries have been reported. Numerous business signs and signal lights have also been affected. Two large Pine trees have been uprooted at the Historic County Courthouse, one of which blocked access to 10th St. and Main.

Power outages occurred at the Pueblo Chemical Depot along with several spot outages reported throughout the city. Power was restored to all areas by late afternoon. Pueblo Fire Department personnel responded to dozens of downed and arching power lines throughout the city. One city Fire station was affected by the storm due to a power outage. They are still able to respond.

Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor reminds citizens to be aware of dangers that exist during storms of this magnitude and avoid going out unless necessary. If you do need to drive, watch for downed power lines, debris, downed trees and emergency vehicles on the roads. Do not approach any downed power lines. As a reminder, debris removal from private property is the responsibility of the individual property owner.

Pueblo Fire Department officials also remind citizens that the department does not stock spare oxygen bottles. Please contact your oxygen supply contractor directly if you have issues with oxygen supply. Call 9-1-1 for breathing emergencies.

Sheriff Taylor has briefed city and county leaders including Mayor Gradisar and will keep them informed of any changes or issues until the storm passes in the late morning tomorrow.

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February 28, 2019
Sheriff’s Office Hosts Volunteer Fair on March 8

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Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that focuses on making your community a better place to live and work? Are you interested in crime prevention, victims’ assistance, wildland firefighting or search & rescue? Would you like to be a courier, serve on the mounted patrol or be a member of the reserve unit? Then the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office may have just the volunteer opportunity for you.

Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 8 to discuss the many volunteer opportunities available during a Recruitment Fair at the Emergency Services Center, 101 W. 10th Street.

The Fair will allow for prospective volunteers, from teens to senior citizens, to speak to current team members and learn more about the volunteer programs and qualifications needed for each of the positions.

“Some of our most effective law enforcement efforts are in the partnerships we have between the Sheriff’s Office and our citizens,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “Serving as a volunteer with our office strengthens that partnership and provides opportunities for our citizens to contribute to the overall quality of life in our community.”

Volunteer positions available at the Sheriff’s Office include advocates with ACOVA (A Community Organization for Victims Assistance), Community Safety Officers (CSO), clerical, couriers, fire, dive, search & rescue, Explorers, mounted patrol and reserves.

Information on the volunteer programs is available on the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office website at http://www.sheriff.co.pueblo.co.us/, then go to left column and click on “Emergency Services” and “Volunteers.”

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February 12, 2019
Two Deputies Awarded Medal of Valor by Sheriff Taylor; Third Deputy Awarded Purple Heart After Injured in Inmate Assault

 

Anthony DeHerrera Detective Byron FranklinDeputy Dionicio Franklin

Left to Right: Master Deputy Anthony DeHerrera, Detective Byron Franklin, Detention Deputy Dionicio Franklin

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor awarded Master Deputy Anthony DeHerrera and Detective Byron Franklin each with the Medal of Valor at the 13th annual Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Awards Banquet held Friday at Pueblo Community College.

The Medal of Valor is law enforcement’s highest award and is presented for an act of outstanding bravery or heroism performed with selflessness, courage and devotion to duty.

Detention Deputy Dionicio Franklin was presented a Purple Heart for his determination and endurance after he suffered a serious head injury in an assault by an inmate on December 25, 2017.

Master Deputy DeHerrera and Detective Franklin were praised for the bravery the exhibited the morning of May 19, 2018, while responding to a suspicious vehicle call at a residence in Eastern Pueblo County.

“The actions by these deputies’ were truly heroic,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor.
“They faced danger, yet they put the safety of the community before their own lives. Their work ethic is a testament to the bravery our deputies put forth daily to serve and protect this community. I am very proud and honored to award these two fine men with the distinguished Medal of Valor for their courage, selflessness and dedication to duty.”

The deputies contacted a man at the residence and learned he was wanted on several felony warrants. One of the deputies told the man he had warrants and was asked to walk toward the other deputy. Instead of walking to the deputy, the man veered to the side, pulled out a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at both deputies. Both deputies fired their weapon, stopping the suspect from harming them and the citizens of Pueblo County.

This was the second Medal of Valor award presented to Master Deputy DeHerrera during his career. DeHerrera was awarded a Medal of Valor for his actions on December 28, 1989, when he rescued a child from the icy water of the Baxter Pond.
A special plaque with photos and citations highlighting the heroic actions of Master Deputy DeHerrera and Detective Franklin will be placed permanently in the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Hall of Valor, located on the first floor of the Emergency Services Center, 101 W. 10th Street.

Deputy Dionicio Franklin was serving food trays when he opened a cell door to serve a tray to an inmate due to the tray slot not working properly. The inmate kicked the door open and charged at the deputy hitting him multiple times. The inmate took Deputy Franklin’s baton from his duty belt and repeatedly hit him with it. Deputy Franklin continued to fight, despite suffering a severe head wound that required medical attention. Deputy Franklin returned to work shortly after the incident.

 

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Employees, Citizens Honored by Sheriff Taylor at Annual Awards Banquet

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Christine GuerinShawnna ClementiJennifer Morales Nicholas Grano-Garcia

 

(Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Detention Deputy Jordan Lira, Patrol Deputy Christine Guerin, Shawnna Clementi, Jennifer Morales, Nicholas Grano-Garcia

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor honored several employees, a special unit and several citizens for outstanding service and dedication to the Sheriff’s Office at the 13th annual Awards Banquet held Friday at Pueblo Community College.

“I am proud to recognize several of our exceptional employees, who have demonstrated through their character, professionalism and actions, a commitment to our motto “Service Over Self”,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “I am equally as proud to recognize several remarkable citizens who, with their service, have helped make Pueblo County a better place to live.”

Sheriff Taylor and his command staff presented the following awards:

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF THE YEAR: Deputy Christine Guerin was honored for her strong work ethic and selflessness in her current position as a patrol deputy. Deputy Guerin, an 11-year-veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was noted for going above and beyond her regular duties to help her fellow deputies and the citizens of Pueblo County. She was recognized as an individual who always helps whenever needed, is loyal, dependable and a great team player.

DETENTION OFFICER OF THE YEAR: Deputy Jordan Lira was honored for his positive attitude and dedication to the Sheriff’s Office. Lira was recognized for his leadership, willingness to assist in all areas of the Pueblo County Detention Center and for going above and beyond his assigned duties. He is an exceptional instructor of PPCT and cell search and often teaches classes on his days off. This past year, Deputy Lira helped coordinate and participated on the Law Enforcement Team at the annual Pueblo Bikers United Toy Bowl.

EMERGENCY SERVICES MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Shawnna Clementi, is a veteran communications officer in the Pueblo County Sheriff’s 911 Communication Center. Clementi was noted for maintain her compassion and professionalism in dealing with the public and the Sheriff’s Office staff. Her 21 years of experience and supervisory skills have made her an asset for new employees. She is noted for her critical thinking, logic and multi-tasking skills while still offering a calming presence in high-stress situations.

NON-UNIFORMED MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Jennifer Morales, an accounts technician, was recognized for her organizational skills and exceptional skills in handling all inmate accounts and financial issues. Morales has been instrumental in assisting inmates and their families with a high-degree of professionalism and patience while helping the Sheriff’s Office transition through changes and updates in the inmate accounts process.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Nicholas Grano-Garcia, a three-year member of the Sheriff’s Explorer program, was recognized for his commitment and dedication to the Sheriff’s Office. Grano-Garcia, a 2018 graduate of Centennial High School, was lauded for his commitment to attending events, meetings and trainings, even while experiencing a personal tragedy. Recently promoted to Sergeant, Grano-Garcia is also an outstanding leader, a determined individual and a committed asset to the agency.

UNIT MERITORIOUS
HONOR GUARD – The members of the Honor Guard were honored for their dedication in providing service for a variety of events and activities. This unit continually represents the Sheriff’s Office with professionalism and dedication at local events and at statewide services, including those that honor fallen officers. The unit is composed of a motivated and devoted group of individuals with a deep sense of pride and team spirit.

CITIZENS OF THE YEAR: Kim Martin, Carlos Maes, Jamie Miller, Jill Beckwith, Terry Terrill, Madelaine Anderson, Ashley Berchkan, Ashley Castillo, Jason Florez, Penny Hardy, Sharayah Lehnert and Randy Vialpando.
Martin was honored for her hospitality and sincerity in routinely bringing food for deputies at the Pueblo West substation in appreciation for their service to the community.
Maes, Miller and Beckwith were recognized for their work with Loaf ‘N Jug stores in hosting fundraising events for ACOVA (A Community Organization for Victim Assistance).
Terrill, a qualified Drone instructor, was honored for dedicating his time to assist the Sheriff’s Office in creating a Drone team and in instructing a variety of training courses.
Anderson, Berchkan, Castillo Florez, Hardy, Lehnert and Vialpando were recognized for their response after a jail inmate attacked and assaulted a deputy in a hospital emergency examination room. The deputy had escorted the inmate to the hospital to receive medical treatment. The members of the emergency room medical team and AMR staff entered the room and engaged the inmate and, with assistance from the hospital security staff, were able to restrain the inmate.

Sheriff Taylor also awarded several Commendation awards for outstanding service on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office. Those receiving commendation awards were Sgt. Caitlin Howard, Sgt. Chris Kilpatrick, K9 PC (posthumously) and Detective Chuck Roldan.

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February 5, 2019
Sheriff Taylor Announces Scholarship for Local High School Seniors

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Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor announced today the County Sheriffs of Colorado, Inc. (CSOC) will award a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving Pueblo County student this spring. CSOC, the state Sheriff’s Association, established the scholarship program in 1978. Since then, this effort has continued as a meaningful expression of the sheriff’s confidence in and respect for education and training. CSOC considers this an investment in the future and believes that the membership is helping to provide deserving students with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society.

Scholarship announcements have been mailed to all high school offices in Pueblo County and to all Colorado higher education institutions. Applications are available online at www.csoc.org. Deadline to submit applications is February 22.

Taylor said this is the 41st year the County Sheriffs of Colorado has made such scholarships available. A scholarship will be awarded in more than 30 Colorado counties this year. Applications will be reviewed by a local citizens’ committee appointed by Sheriff Taylor. The recipient will be selected based on criteria established by CSOC to include leadership, merit, character and involvement and career purpose. Any legal permanent resident of Pueblo County enrolled in or applying to a vocational training program or institution of higher learning in Colorado as a full- or part-time student is eligible to apply. There are no restrictions as to the course of study or training which may be pursued and no restrictions are placed upon applications by reason of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.

For more information, contact local high schools or Yvette Robinson at Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 583-6407 or at robinsoy@pueblocounty.us or County Sheriffs of Colorado at www.csoc.org.

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February 1, 2019
Arrest Made in Death of Man Found in Pueblo County in November

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On November 23, 2018, at approximately 4:30 PM, deputies with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 5500 block of Overton Road in North Pueblo County on the report of a dead body.

The Pueblo County Coroner’s Office, with assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, identified the body as that of Barney Jenkins, 47 years of age and a resident of Colorado Springs.

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office began working with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Springs Police Department in investigating the death of Mr. Jenkins.

The Colorado Springs Police Department’s Violent Crimes Section assumed the lead role in the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death. Multiple search warrants were obtained at different locations both within and outside the city limits of Colorado Springs, but within El Paso County.

As a result of this investigation, on January 29, 2019, the Colorado Springs Police Department arrested Thomas O’Hara, 52 years of age and a resident of Colorado Springs, for Murder in the First Degree. At the time of his arrest, O’Hara was being held at the Criminal Justice Center on unrelated charges to this investigation. Photograph will be released on Twitter.

Anyone with information or is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

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January 29, 2019
Suspect in Blende Shooting Arrested

David Trujillo

 

A 35-year-old man arrested Monday afternoon in connection with the January 23 shooting in Pueblo is also a suspect in a separate shooting that occurred Sunday night in Blende.

David Trujillo was arrested on a felony warrant at a home in the 2700 block of Sprague Avenue after detectives from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office and Pueblo Police Department tracked him to the residence. Trujillo was arrested for attempted second-degree murder and has been booked into the Pueblo County Jail.

Sheriff’s Detectives had been searching for Trujillo in connection with a shooting Sunday night in the 1800 block of Santa Fe Drive. Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies responded to the 1800 block of Santa Fe Drive at about 5:25 p.m. after a 57-year-old man called to report he had been shot while standing in front of his residence.

The victim told deputies he had just returned from shopping when an unknown type black vehicle driven by a female pulled up behind him. He said man sitting the back seat asked the victim his name and when he told him, the man fired a shot at him. The suspect vehicle left the area.
The victim said he didn’t recognize either the male or the female in the vehicle. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. Through their investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives identified Trujillo as the suspect in the incident.

Trujillo was already wanted by Pueblo Police for the January 23 shooting of a 34-year-old female in the area of W. Fourth Street and Abriendo Avenue. The woman was treated at a local hospital for a non-life-threatening injury.

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Sheriff’s Office Warns of Telephone Scam

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Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor is warning residents of a telephone scam where callers, representing themselves as sheriff’s deputies, are telling individuals they must pay outstanding warrants or they will be arrested.

Several complaints have been received by the Sheriff’s Office in recent days regarding the threatening phone calls. The caller threatens to arrest the individual if they do not pay a warrant for missing a jury duty assignment. The phone number where the calls are originating is not a Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office number.

Sheriff Taylor reminds individuals the Sheriff’s Office does not call the public and ask for payment of warrants or any other financial information. All bonds and fees must be paid in person.

Taylor also reminds residents to never give personal or financial information over the phone unless they are certain it is a reputable source. If you are unsure whether the call is legitimate, hang up and call the agency to verify the legitimacy of the call.

Anyone who receives similar phone calls or who has information about the scam, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (719) 583-6250.

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January 25, 2019
Sheriff’s Office Hosts Annual Polar Plunge to Benefit Special Olympics

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Do you consider yourself a “chill seeker”? Are you up for a chilly challenge? Well, it’s time to get Freezin for Reason at the Fourth Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is seeking teams of brave individuals willing to take on the frosty challenge of dipping into the icy waters of Lake Pueblo on Saturday, February 23. Registration begins at 9 a.m. followed by plunging at 11 a.m.

The event, spearheaded by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, involves teams taking the challenge of jumping into the frigid lake to raise money for Special Olympics. Team members raise money through donations and pledges, allowing them to make the icy plunge.

“I’m in again,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor, who will be participating in his fourth Polar Plunge. “I challenge other law enforcement and First Responders to form a team and come out and take the plunge with me. This is a fun event that benefits a great cause.”

Since bringing the Polar Plunge to Southern Colorado in 2016, more than $70,000 has been raised for Special Olympics. Last year’s event raised more than $20,000 and organizers are hoping to exceed that amount this year.

Registration is still available for teams and can be done on the Pueblo Polar Plunge website at

https://www.classy.org/event/pueblo-polar-plunge-presented-by-westerra-credit-union/e211329.

A fundraising minimum of $75 ($50 for student/athletes) is required for participation. Those who aren’t brave enough or can’t take the plunge are encouraged to sponsor a plunger. Monetary donations, which are tax deductible, can be made on the website.

The Special Olympics program is the largest sports organization in the world serving more than 4.2 million people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. Using sports as a catalyst, the non-profit program helps enhance the growth for all people who participate.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, contact Captain Dawn Ballas at (719) 583-4948.

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