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September 13, 2019
Former Colorado City District Manager Charged with Theft, Embezzlement

An investigation by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office into financial improprieties at the Colorado City Metropolitan District has led to criminal charges being filed against the former district manager.

The Tenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed charges this week on David Valdez, 50, for felony theft and embezzlement (felony 5). Valdez was issued a summons.

Sheriff’s Detectives began an investigation with the Metro District in June after it was reported that thousands of dollars in cash paid by customers for utilities was never deposited in the Metro District’s bank account. The investigation revealed that at least two customers paid cash to then District Manager Valdez for water, but no record could be found of the money having been deposited into a Metro District account. Sheriff’s Detectives also learned that receipts were written by Valdez for the water purchases.

Valdez, who had been the Colorado City district manager for eight years, resigned from the position in October 2018.

“As we learned of this discrepancy, we conducted a thorough investigation of the incident,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “We want to thank the Colorado City Metro District officials for bringing this to our attention and fully cooperating with the investigation.”

 

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Attempted Robbery Suspect Arrested

Stefan Arellano

A 26-year-old Pueblo man wanted in connection with the attempted armed robbery of the Dollar Tree store in Pueblo West was arrested Thursday night.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Detectives had been looking for Stefan Arellano since he was identified as the suspect who attempted to rob the Dollar Tree Store, 1024 N. Plaza Market at knifepoint on August 28, 2019.

Arellano may also be connected to at least two other armed robberies that occurred in Pueblo in late August.

Sheriff’s Detectives, working with Pueblo Police, identified and located the vehicle Arellano was seen leaving in following the attempted robbery of the Dollar Tree. Detectives obtained and executed a search warrant on the vehicle and recovered evidence related to the robbery. A warrant for Arellano’s arrest was issued earlier this week.

Arellano turned himself in at about 9 p.m. at the Pueblo County Detention Center. He was arrested on the warrant for two counts of aggravated robbery. He has been booked into the Pueblo County Jail.

“I commend my detectives for their solid investigative work on this case,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “Their persistent and diligent work on this case led to the quick identification of the suspect and his subsequent arrest. Great job by all involved.”

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September 11, 2019
Sheriff’s Detectives Seek Help in Locating Suspect in Attempted Armed Robbery Case

Stefan Arellano

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect in the attempted armed robbery of the Dollar Tree store in Pueblo West on August 28, 2019.

Sheriff’s Detectives identified the suspect as Stefan Arellano, 26. An arrest warrant has been issued for Arellano.

On August 28, Deputies responded to the Dollar Tree, 1024 N. Market Plaza, after employees reported a man with a red bandana covering his face threatened them with a knife and demanded money. The employees refused to give the suspect any money and he left the store. The suspect was seen leaving the area in a white truck with a white topper on the back.

Sheriff’s Detectives, working in conjunction with Pueblo Police Detectives, located the suspect vehicle at a residence on the East Side in the City of Pueblo. Detectives obtained and executed a search warrant on the vehicle. Detectives found evidence related to the attempted robbery. Arellano also may be connected to at least two armed robberies in the City of Pueblo.

Arellano is described as having a slender build, about 6-foot tall and 145 pounds. He has long black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Arellano is asked to call the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 583-6250 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-STOP (7867).

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September 3, 2019
Commissioners Approve Ballot Measure to Help Fund a New County Jail

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor was successful today in convincing the Board of County Commissioners to place an initiative on the November ballot that will help provide funding for a new Pueblo County Jail.

Commissioners voted 2-1 to place an initiative on the ballot that calls for a .39 of a cent sales tax increase to help pay for a new jail building to replace the aging, overcrowded current facility.

The existing facility, built in 1980, is in constant need of repairs and is the most overcrowded jail in the state. The jail, along with the dormitory added in 2006, is designed to house 509 inmates. The average daily population hovers around 726 inmates with the count surpassing 800 inmates twice in the past year.

“It’s come to the point it’s time for a new building,” Taylor said. “It’s not cost effective to continue to put band-aids on this building and the overcrowding we experience creates safety concerns for my deputies and the inmates.”

Taylor said the .39-of-a-cent increase in sales tax is minimal in exchange for a more modern, safe facility for the community. He said due to the overcrowded conditions at the jail, municipal offenders are not being incarcerated. Those offenders that are jailed are housed in other county jails in the state.

Taylor said the site for a new jail has not been determined but he said it will not be located Downtown. He said the plan is to build on the outskirts of the city where there would be more land available to expand the facility in future years, if needed.

“Right now, the need is there and the cost has never been cheaper than it is now to do this,” Taylor said. “I know there are those that don’t believe we need a new jail. I hope the citizens take the time to study this issue and see for themselves that this community needs a new jail.”

In 2017, a Jail Task Force, composed community members studied the state and condition of the Pueblo County Jail and reported its findings in an extensive and comprehensive report released to the public. That report is available online at http://county.pueblo.org/JailTaskForce.

To further educate the public on the issue, Taylor is hosting a series of Open House events at the jail to allow community members to see the conditions at the aging facility. The open house events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 7, Sept. 21 and Oct. 5 at 909 Court Street.

 

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Open House Event Allows Residents Opportunity to Tour Pueblo County Jail Series scheduled Sept. 7, Sept. 21 & Oct. 5

Jail building

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor will offer residents a rare look inside the Pueblo County Jail during a series of open house events scheduled September 7, September 21 and October 5. The public tours are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 909 Court Street. Refreshments will be served while supplies last.

“The Pueblo County Jail belongs to the citizens. This is an opportunity for residents to see the county jail and observe the operations,” said Taylor.

Anyone planning to tour the jail must be aware of a few conditions that are important for safety. The entire family is welcome to see the inner working of the sheriff’s office but the tour has some restrictions:

• Children must always be accompanied by an adult.
• Participants for the secured part of the jail must be at least 18 years of age.
• No open-toed shoes, cell phones, knives, firearms, bags, backpacks, contraband or purses are allowed in the secured part of the jail.
• Proper identification (driver’s license, state identification, military identification etc.) is required to enter the secured portion of the jail.
• There will not be a secured area for restricted or personal items while individuals are touring the facility and the sheriff’s office will not be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.
• The Sheriff’s office has certain procedures that must be followed before people can tour the inside of the jail. Participants are subject to emergency procedures and clearance objectives. All decisions made by security staff are considered final.
• Exposure to some of the conditions surrounding the jail are done knowing the risk of those conditions which may be dangerous, loud, full of course language and other conditions typical of an adult detention facility.

For information on any of the open houses, contact Captain Dawn Ballas at (719) 583-4948 (ballasd@pueblocounty.us) or the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 583-6250.

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August 28, 2019
Sheriff’s Office Seeks Help in Locating Attempted Armed Robbery Suspect

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in locating a suspect in an attempted armed robbery at the Dollar Tree store in Pueblo West this afternoon.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Dollar Tree, 1024 N. Market Plaza, at about Noon on a report that a man wearing a red bandana over his face came into the store, pulled out a knife and demanded the employee give him money. The employee did not give the man any money. The suspect then left the store.

The suspect is described as a male in his early 20s and was wearing a grey hoodie, grey gym shorts, running shoes and the red bandana over his face. The suspect was seen leaving in a white single-cab truck with a white topper driving northbound on Purcell Boulevard.

Anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of the suspect, call the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 583-6250 or to remain anonymous call, Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-STOP (7867).

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Plan to Bring Drugs into Pueblo County Jail Foiled; Arrest Warrants for Five Individuals Issued

suspects

Observant Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Detention Deputies recently found and confiscated 11 grams of methamphetamine hidden in a pair of medically approved shoes that were delivered for an inmate housed in the Pueblo County Detention Facility.

The discovery of the drugs and subsequent investigation led to the issuance of no bond arrest warrants for five individuals, including an employee of Steel City Bail Bonds, who was involved in an elaborate plot to bring drugs into the jail.

No bond warrants for first-degree introduction of contraband were issued for Gillian Stromayer, Jose Huskey, Joshua Wilhite, Sapphire Huskey and Ronald Rodgers. Stromayer, Jose Huskey and Joshua Wilhite have been arrested on the warrants. Rodgers and Sapphire Huskey are still at large.

On August 19, Detention Deputies were inside a secured area of the jail processing the pair of shoes that had been brought in by Rodgers for an inmate when they found the soles of the shoes had been altered. Plastic bags with methamphetamine were found inside the soles of both shoes.

Deputies investigating the incident learned that individuals inside and outside the facility had carefully planned the scheme to bring drugs into the jail. Deputies discovered that Stromayer, who works for Steel City Bail Bonds, was utilizing free inmate bond calls to facilitate the transaction. It was determined several of the calls to the Steel City Bond were not business related and Stromayer was using the calls for her own personal use. Steel City Bond’s phone number is now blocked at the Pueblo County Jail.

“This was a great job by our detention deputies in detecting the alterations made to the shoes and finding the drugs hidden inside. This prevented a significant amount of drugs from getting into the facility,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “The solid investigative work by our deputies led to the quick identification of the five suspects and the subsequent arrest of three of those individuals.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rogers and Sapphire Huskey are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (719) 583-6250 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-STOP (7867).

 

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Two Arrested, 97 Plants Seized in Illegal Marijuana Grows Found in Pueblo West Homes

 

Brian R. RodriguezOnil Ortega500 E. Autumn

Pueblo County Sheriff’s S.W.A.T. Team members executed search warrants this morning at homes in Pueblo West and arrested two men after finding 97 marijuana plants in separate illegal grow operations. The estimated street value of the plants is $97,000.

Sheriff’s Detectives, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, executed the warrants at a home in the 1200 block of N. Hill Lane and another in the 500 block of Autumn Drive after receiving separate citizen’s tips of possible illegal grow operations at the homes. Deputies do not believe the two grow operations are related. State law allows only 12 marijuana plants per home.

At the Hill Lane residence, Deputies found 37 marijuana plants in various stages of growth inside the home. While searching the home, Deputies saw the resident, Onil Ortega, 48, attempting to hide some of the marijuana plants under the stairs in the home. Ortega, who is from Florida with ties to Cuba, was arrested for cultivation of marijuana (more than 30 plants) and destruction of evidence. He has been booked into the Pueblo County Jail.

At the Autumn Drive home, Deputies found 60 marijuana plants growing in two rooms inside the residence. The home’s resident, Brian Rodriguez, 30, attempted to conceal some of the plants in a crawl space of the home. Rodriguez was arrested for cultivation of marijuana (more than 30 plants) and destruction of evidence. He was booked into the Pueblo County Jail.

This is the second time in two years, Deputies have gone to the Autumn Drive address to check the status of a reported marijuana grow. In 2017, the grow was found to be in compliance with the state law at the time. In 2018, state law was changed, limiting only 12 marijuana plants per home.

Pueblo Regional Building responded to the residences and condemned both homes due to extensive alterations made to the electrical systems.

Another home on Vermillion Court was checked this morning by Deputies for a possible illegal marijuana grow, but that resident was in compliance with the state-mandated plant count.

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August 25, 2019
Man Arrested for Attempted Murder Following House Fire in Salt Creek

Victor Mcentire

 

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a 44-year-old Pueblo man for attempted murder and arson in connection with an early morning house fire in the Salt Creak neighborhood.

Victor Mcentire was arrested at his Salt Creek home at about 7 a.m. this morning after Sheriff’s Detectives learned from witnesses that he was seen walking away from the home in the 1400 block of Santa Rosa Street shortly after the fire was reported.

Deputies responded to the home at about 3 a.m. and found the residence fully engulfed in flames. Three residents, who were in the home sleeping at the time, were all able to get out safely. One of the residents, a 62-year-old man, suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. There were no other injuries reported.

Pueblo Rural Fire responded and was able to quickly put the fire out. The fire caused an estimated $84,000 in damage. Pueblo Regional Building condemned the home due to the extent of damage.

One of the residents told Sheriff’s Deputies, he was awakened after hearing a roommate coughing. The man said he realized the house was on fire. He said he and his wife were able to escape the burning home by climbing through a bedroom window. The other resident said he was awakened by the fire and, although he was overcome by smoke, was able to get out through a back door.

Witnesses told Deputies they had gone to the home at about 3 a.m. to pick up a friend when they saw the house fully engulfed in flames. The witnesses said they saw a man they recognized as Mcentire walking away from the home carrying a gas can.

Sheriff’s Detectives sought and executed a search warrant on the home. While investigating the incident, detectives learned that Mcentire had been at the home Saturday night when he got into a verbal confrontation with another man visiting at the home.

Mcentire was arrested for three counts of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson and criminal mischief. He has been booked into the Pueblo County Jail.

Deputies continue to look for two individuals considered persons of interest. They are Lori Chavez, 49 and Patrick Franco, 46. If you know the whereabouts of these individuals, please call
the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 583-6250 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-STOP (7867).

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August 12, 2019
Deputies Locate, Apprehend Florence Prison Escapees Near Pueblo West

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended two federal prison escapees today after they were located on railroad property just west of Pueblo West.

Deputies were notified at about 11:25 a.m. that two men, both wearing a grey shirt and green pants, were seen by a Union Pacific Railroad employee walking eastbound on the railroad tracks near the area of Carslile Road and Hobson Road in western Pueblo County. The men matched the description of two prisoners, Jonathan Gomez, 22, and Guillermo Montano, 39, who were reported missing Sunday night from the Federal Prison Camp near Florence.

Deputies responded to the area where the men had been sighted which was on Union Pacific property and in rugged terrain. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers also responded to assist with the search.

Railroad traffic in the area was halted as deputies, using four-wheel drive vehicles, drove east along the railroad tracks for approximately 1 ½ miles. When the terrain prohibited deputies from driving alongside the railroad tracks, deputies drove onto the tracks and traveled approximately 100 yards when they spotted Gomez and Montano sitting next to the tracks. Deputies took Gomez and Montano into custody without incident at about 12:10 p.m. The men were located about two miles west of Swallows Road.

Union Pacific officials assisted in transporting the prisoners from railroad property to Swallows Road where they were assessed by medical personnel before being transported to Pueblo County Jail. Both men have been released to Federal Bureau of Prison officials.

“This was great work by our deputies in quickly apprehending these two escapees before they could reach a populated area,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “We also want to thank Union Pacific railroad for their cooperation in this incident.”

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