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March 31, 2018
Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Wanted Virginia Man

Christopher Hobson
A man wanted by Virginia law enforcement authorities on a drug warrant was arrested late Friday night by Pueblo County Sheriff’s Detectives at the East Side Skate Park.

Virginia authorities learned Christopher Hobson, 35, of Bookneal, Va., was in Colorado and alerted the U.S. Marshals’ Colorado Violent Offender Task Force, which include Pueblo County Sheriff detectives, to be on the lookout for him. Hobson, who has an extensive criminal history to include felony arrests for drugs, weapons, assault, fraud and theft, was wanted on a failure to appear warrant for drugs in Henrico, Va.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Detectives received a tip Friday night that Hobson was in the area of the Skate Park at Sixth Street and Erie Avenue in Pueblo. Detectives located Hobson and took him into custody without incident. He was arrested on the warrant and was booked into Pueblo County Jail.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor praised detectives for their work in identifying and swiftly apprehending Hobson. “Detectives did a great job of following the leads that resulted in the apprehension of this suspect, who had eluded authorities for some time. This was an example of solid team work to get this dangerous man off the streets of Pueblo County.”

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March 13, 2018
Deputies Arrest Wanted Man, Woman After They’re Sighted Near Beulah Wildfire

TIffany Schaack Dustin Aker

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a wanted man and a 24-year-old woman Monday evening after they were located in a remote area of Pueblo Mountain Park, near the site of where a wildland fire started earlier in the day.

Dustin Aker, 34 and Tiffany Schaack, both of South Dakota, were apprehended at 6 p.m. by deputies after a helicopter crew doing surveillance over the wildland fire spotted the couple among trees in close proximity to where the ½-acre fire was burning. Deputies climbed steep terrain to reach Aker and Schaack, who were immediately taken into custody.

Deputies had been on the lookout for Aker in the Beulah Valley area after a car was found abandoned Sunday evening in the driveway of a residence on Squirrel Creek Road, near Pueblo Mountain Park. Deputies located a backpack near the door of the residence, which contained items belonging to Schaack and Aker, who was wanted out of South Dakota on a parole violation. Suspected drugs also were found in the backpack.

Aker was arrested for possession of Schedule II controlled substance, five counts of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, trespassing and the parole violation warrant. Schaack was arrested for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, five counts of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, unlawful use of a controlled substance and trespassing. Aker and Schaack have been booked into Pueblo County Jail.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor praised the team work of the helicopter crew and deputies for locating and quickly apprehending the two suspects. “The area where these two were located was not easily accessible, requiring deputies to hike through some very rough terrain to apprehend them. This was great work by all involved.”

Aker and Schaack were located as fire crews from Beulah Fire, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Emergency Services Bureau, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management were working a wildland fire on a ridge in a remote area of Pueblo Mountain Park, located west of the Town of Beulah. The fire was reported by neighbors at about 2:15 p.m. Due to the rugged terrain, fire teams had to climb up a ridge to work the fire. Hand and sawyer crews worked for several hours, gaining 100 percent containment of the fire by about 6 p.m. Fire teams remained on scene until approximately 8 p.m. and a hand crew will return to the area Tuesday morning to do mop-up work. No structures were threatened.

Beulah Fire Chief Bryan Ware said the quick response by mutual aid partners led to quick containment of the fire.

A U.S. Forest Service wildland fire investigator was on scene to attempt to determine the origin of the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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February 11, 2018
Three Arrested after Eluding Deputies, Ramming into Patrol Vehicle

 

Austin Chavez Ray Bachicha Janelle Vasquez

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested three people Friday night in Pueblo West following an incident that involved a short vehicle pursuit that ended with the suspect vehicle ramming into a patrol car.

Deputies responded to the area of the Sonic Drive-In, 69 S. Dunlap Drive, at about 5:25 p.m. after an individual reported the occupants of a white vehicle parked in spot at the restaurant were acting suspicious. The witness reported seeing the occupants rummaging through items that appeared to be stolen goods that were in the trunk of the vehicle.

While en route to the call, a deputy saw a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot, 78 N. McCulloch Blvd. that matched the description of the suspicious vehicle. As the deputy drove up to the vehicle, which had three occupants, the driver drove off and went out of the parking lot going east on Industrial Boulevard. The deputy followed the vehicle, which was reportedly driving recklessly and at a high-rate of speed, and attempted to stop it. The driver refused to stop and turned into a parking lot in the 700 block of East Industrial Boulevard.

Deputies followed the vehicle to the parking lot. A deputy blocked the exit of the lot with his vehicle to prevent the driver, later identified as Austin Chavez, 23, from leaving. Chavez attempted to drive out of the parking lot and rammed into the driver’s side of the patrol vehicle. Chavez then got out of the car and ran but was apprehended a short time later. No one was injured in the incident.

The two passengers identified as Ray Bachicha, 23; and Janelle Vasquez, 22, remained in the vehicle and were immediately taken into custody. While doing a routine pat search of Vasquez after she was arrested, deputies found suspected drugs in her possession. Chavez told deputies that he was following directions and orders from Bachicha and that is why he did not stop for deputies.

Chavez was arrested for assault on a peace officer, vehicular eluding and reckless driving. Bachicha was arrested for complicity to commit second-degree assault on a peace officer, complicity to commit vehicular eluding, criminal solicitation to commit vehicular eluding and criminal solicitation to commit second-degree assault. Vasquez was arrested for complicity to commit second-degree assault on a peace officer, complicity to commit vehicular eluding, introduction of contraband and possession of contraband. Chavez, Bachicha and Vasquez were all booked into Pueblo County Jail.

Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor credits the calling in of suspicious activity by an alert citizen as the reason his deputies were able to apprehend these three suspects so quickly.

An investigation is ongoing.

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February 1, 2018
Alert Citizens Aid Deputies in Locating Suspects in Stolen Vehicle

Franklin Pangelina Alix Trujillo

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two people this afternoon in connection with a stolen vehicle after two alert witnesses notified authorities of the vehicle’s whereabouts.

Deputies were dispatched at 12:15 p.m. to Walmart, 78 N. McCulloch Boulevard, after a citizen said he saw a 2002 GMC Envoy he recognized as being reported stolen in Pueblo this morning. The witness reported seeing the vehicle parked in the lot with a male attempting to remove a sticker from the vehicle window.

When deputies arrived, they saw the man, later identified as Franklin Pangelina, 26, and a woman, identified as Alix Trujillo, 22, sitting in the vehicle. Two deputies attempted to block the suspect vehicle in with their patrol cars when Pangelina put the Envoy in reverse and rammed a patrol car before driving out of the lot. The deputy was uninjured.

Pangelina drove eastbound on Industrial Boulevard, where deputies responding to the incident saw the vehicle and attempted to stop it. Pangelina failed to stop and continued driving at a high rate of speed. Deputies ended the pursuit as Pangelina approached U.S. Highway 50. The vehicle was last seen going eastbound on U.S. 50 toward Pueblo.

Another citizen, who reported seeing a GMC Envoy driving erratically, followed it into Pueblo and alerted law enforcement of its whereabouts. The witness saw the vehicle stop near the intersection of 29th Street and Baltimore Avenue, where a man and a woman got out and ran.

A short time later, deputies apprehended Trujillo in the area where the vehicle was abandoned. Deputies patrolling nearby apprehended Pangelina a few blocks away. Both suspects were taken into custody.

Pangelina was arrested for second-degree motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, reckless driving, a protection order violation and several felony warrants. Trujillo was arrested for second-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and possession of a controlled substance. Both Pangelina and Trujillo were booked into Pueblo County Jail.

 

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January 31, 2018
Sheriff Honors Outstanding Employees, Citizens at Annual Banquet
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Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor honored several employees, units and local citizens for outstanding service and dedication to the office during the past year at the 12th annual Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Awards Banquet held Friday night at Pueblo Community College.

“I am proud of the outstanding effort all our employees put forth each day for the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “But tonight I want to recognize several of our exceptional employees, who have demonstrated through their character, professionalism and actions, a commitment to our motto “Service Over Self.” I am also proud to honor several remarkable citizens, who through their willingness to take action, help make Pueblo County a better place to live.”

Sheriff Taylor presented the following awards Friday night:

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year: Lieutenant David Black, a veteran patrol deputy, was honored for his concern for the well-being of his deputies, detention staff and citizens of Pueblo County. He was noted for instilling a caring attitude toward both patrol and detention deputies. Lt. Black can routinely be found at the jail developing rapport with the leadership and a comradery with the deputies. His service to the public is described as respectful and compassionate, evidence of his action last year by standing at attention to honor a war veteran as his body was carried off by the coroner.

Detention Officer of the Year: Sergeant Jeremy Cardona is honored as a “true professional” for his ability to have a positive impact on everyone he interacts with. Cardona was recognized for having a strong work ethic, being thorough, dependable and a respected mentor and trainer for new detention deputies. Cardona is a talented artist who annually creates holiday artwork in the jail for the enjoyment of employees and inmates alike.

Emergency Services Member of the Year: Jamie Reigenborn is a veteran communications officer in the Pueblo County Sheriff’s 911 Communication Center. She was noted for being reliable, calm, focused and dedicated to her duties. Reigenborn is a great at multi-tasking and is the person to trust for timely and accurate information during an incident or emergency.

Non-Uniformed Member of the Year: Michelle Zamora, a criminal justice records technician is the court liaison in the jail intake, where she has been instrumental in improving the quality of work produced on bonds and other matters related to the courts. She was recognized for dependability, consistently performing her job duties at a high quality and having a strong work ethic.

Volunteer of the Year: Daryl Espinoza, a volunteer with the Emergency Services Bureau, accumulated more than 325 volunteer hours in 2017. In addition to being a member of all the ESB volunteer teams, Espinoza regularly attends trainings, exercises and reports to activations in the Emergency Operations Center. He was noted for being reliable and always willing to help while serving as an inspiration to other volunteers.

Unit Meritorious
Detention Training Officers – The 27 members of the detention training unit are responsible for training new detention deputies and criminal justice record technicians. The eight-week training program consists of more than 320 hours of work in officer safety, facility security, use of force, report writing, communication, time management and policy and procedure. The training officers recognized were: Deputies Anthony Gonzales, Kenneth DeLeon, Michael Chitwood, Lilian Gardner, David Spicer, Michael Wagner, Robert Vigil, Scott Moore, Jacob Bookout, Nicholas Cardinal, Raquel Marquez, Monica Sosa, Rachael Villarreal, Tyler Owens, Christine Spencer, Marisa Singleton, Wellington Duplessis, Sheryld Lamas, Steven Chavez, Michael Gallardo, Raquel Griego, CJRT Craig Espinoza, Wayne Wells, Michelle Arellano, Christopher Duarte, Lalani Valle and Phyllis Montoya.

Investigations Unit – In 2017, the investigations unit continued working two homicide investigations from 2016, including following up on additional leads, executing multiple search warrants and examining hundreds of pages of social media documents. The unit worked shorthanded after losing three key members to promotion, reassignment and retirement, but was still able to maintain a demanding work load to include the investigation of two officer-involved shootings, an in-custody death, a homicide/suicide, a forgery case involving more than 50 victims and many other serious crimes. The members of the unit are Sergeant Mike Beery, Sergeant Allen Brooks, Captain Don Leach, Detectives Anthony Colletti, Talby Velasco, Charles Roldan, JC Williams, Melissa Rohrich, Sergeant Caitlin Howard, Gregory Drake, Victor Herrera, David Butterfield, Neal Robinson, CJRT Julie (Liz) Marez and Administrative Assistant Teri Niederstadt.

Citizens of the Year: Marty Rahl, Dawn Cortese and Brooke Douglas. Rahl and Douglas were recognized for their alertness and willingness to contact the Sheriff’s Office when they noticed suspicious activity. The reporting of the activity assisted Sheriff’s Office in identifying and apprehending criminals in two separate and unrelated incidents. Cortese was honored for her quick-thinking and her actions in saving the life of an individual after a car fell on him.

Sheriff Taylor also awarded several Commendation awards for outstanding service on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office. Those receiving commendation awards were Jill Hogarth and Marco Macaluso; Pueblo County Commissioner Garrison Ortiz and Captain Shelley Bryant and the administrative team of Shane Ammeter, Christopher Carter, Shawnna Clementi, Corrine Cordova, Shonna Cruz-Gutierrez, Becky Dengler, Lanisha Gomez, Connie Gutierrez, Tammy Hart, Sherri Herrera, Desirae Maldonado, Reyes Martinez, Kathy Mora, Jennifer Morales, JaNyce Neiberger, Ben Parson, Mary Peralta, Gayle Perez, Jennifer Phillips, Ashton Rinker, Yvette Robinson, Victoria Siguenza, Alyssa Uhernik, Kiki Valle, Brenda Vigil, Andrew Ward and Michelle Zamora.

 

 

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Sheriff Awards Medal of Valor to Three Deputies

Robert GarbisoCharles McWhorterCharles Roldan

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor awarded Deputies Robert Garbiso, Charles Roldan and Charles McWhorter with the Medal of Valor at the 12th annual Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Awards Banquet held Friday night 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.

“The actions of these deputies were truly heroic. They acted without regard for their own safety while protecting their fellow deputies and the citizens of Pueblo County,” said Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “I am honored and proud to award them with the distinguished Medal of Valor for their exceptional courage, selflessness and dedication to serving this community.”

Deputy Garbiso was praised for his actions on March 3, 2017, to disarm an inmate who had taken a Taser from another deputy during a daring escape attempt at the Pueblo County Jail. Garbiso, who heard the scuffle between the deputy and the inmate, was attempting to stop the escape when the inmate shot him with the Taser. Despite being hit with the Taser prongs, Garbiso still managed to gain control of the inmate and take him into custody. Garbiso’s actions thwarted the escape attempt as well as prevented this inmate from harming other jail personnel or inmates.

Detective Roldan and Deputy McWhorter were recognized for their bravery on the night of August 21, 2017, while attempting to apprehend a bank robbery suspect at a mobile home in Colorado City. Roldan and McWhorter received information the suspect in the robbery of the Ent Credit Union in Rye was at a residence on Applewood Drive. When the two deputies arrived at the home, they were informed the suspect was in a bedroom and both cautiously entered the residence. The deputies made their way to the bedroom where they confronted the suspect, who pulled out a Derringer-type handgun and pointed it at one of the deputies. Both deputies fired their weapon stopping the suspect from harming them, the other residents of the home and citizens of Pueblo County.

A special plaque with photos and the citations highlighting the heroic actions of each of the deputies 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.

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January 17, 2018
Deputies Apprehend Two Wanted Individuals

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies and Narcotics Detectives apprehended two wanted individuals at a Colorado City gas station after they fled from parole officers and the Colorado State Patrol Tuesday afternoon.

At about 2 p.m., Sheriff’s Communication Officers were notified that Colorado Department of Corrections Parole Officers were following a vehicle southbound on Interstate 25, which they believed had an individual who was wanted on an escape warrant. Parole officers asked for assistance in stopping the vehicle.

The Colorado State Patrol located the vehicle and attempted to stop it on southbound I-25 at about Mile Marker 97. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop. The State Patrol terminated the pursuit but the parole officers continued to follow the vehicle for approximately six more miles before they stopped following it.

At approximately 2:45 p.m., Pueblo County Sheriff’s Communications Officers received a call from an individual at Fast Break Liquor in Colorado City reporting a smoking vehicle with blown tires in the parking lot. Witnesses reported seeing two individuals get out of the vehicle and run toward a nearby hotel.

A sheriff’s lieutenant and several deputies responded to the area to look for the fugitive. A reverse 9-1-1 call went out to residents in the Colorado City area alerting them that law enforcement was searching for a wanted suspect. Sheriff’s narcotics detectives and a Sheriff’s K-9 also assisted in the search.

At approximately 4:10 p.m., a citizen contacted deputies and told them he had given a man and a woman a ride to the nearby Diamond Shamrock. Deputies and narcotics detectives responded to the Diamond Shamrock, where they quickly located and apprehended Alexis Lopez, 23, and Andrew Sedillo, 30. Lopez was wanted by Department of Corrections on felony escape warrant. Sedillo had an outstanding warrant from California. Suspected drugs and a firearm were recovered from the vehicle. Parole officers took custody of Lopez and Sedillo.

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September 13, 2017
Pueblo West Man Arrested After Firing Several Shots at Deputies, Nearby Residences

weapons recovered

The swift response and quick actions by Pueblo County Sheriff’s deputies led to the early morning arrest of a Pueblo West man, who fired shots at deputies and nearby residences causing more than $10,000 in damages. No one was injured in the incident.

Benjamin Chavez, 43, was arrested for three counts of attempted first-degree murder on a peace officer, attempted first-degree murder, criminal attempt, illegal discharge of a firearm, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

“This easily could’ve had a very different outcome due to the reckless disregard this suspect had by indiscriminately shooting in a residential area and at our deputies” said Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “I commend the deputies for their quick thinking and putting their active-shooter training to use to get this resolved in a peaceful manner.”

Deputies responded to the area of Rustic Drive and N. Canvas Drive at about 3 a.m., shortly after being dispatched on a report of shots fired. When deputies arrived, they spoke to a witness who said he was awakened by the sound of gunshots. The witnesses said when he went outside his home to investigate where the shots were coming from, he heard a shot hit the ground near him. The witness said he then ran back inside his home.

As the two deputies were investigating the incident, they heard multiple gunshots and heard and saw evidence of several rounds hitting the ground near them. The deputies sought cover behind a structure in the 500 block of N. Canvas Drive, where they subsequently heard another estimated 15 to 20 more shots fired. The deputies were able to determine the shots were coming from the residence in the 1100 block of Rustic Drive.

The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called out and nearby residents were notified for safety reasons via a reverse 911 call of the police action in the area. Pueblo County School District 70 officials also were notified due to school bus routes being in the vicinity of the incident. After a brief standoff, Chavez walked out of the yard at about 5 a.m. and was taken into custody without incident. He was the only resident in the home.

Deputies later executed a search warrant on the property and found nine guns, including two assault rifles, and various types of ammunition in locations throughout the home and yard. Deputies also discovered two guns near a residential greenhouse that contained numerous marijuana plants.

In searching the surrounding area, deputies found multiple shell casings in the backyard of Chavez’s home. There also was damage discovered to a nearby home and several vehicles in the area, all believed to have been caused by the gunshots. The damage has been estimated at $10,900.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

 

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September 1, 2017
Man Arrested for Attempted Murder after Firing Shot at His Wife

 

Jeffrey Mass

                   Jeffrey Mass

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a 69-year-old man Thursday night for attempted murder after he fired a gunshot at his wife at their home in western Pueblo County.

Deputies responded to the home in the 700 block of Newton Road in the Red Creek Ranch area at about 5 p.m. on a welfare check. While en route to the call, deputies learned the suspect, identified as Jeffrey T. Mass, had now fired a shot at his wife. The woman was not injured.

The victim told deputies she had just returned to the home and went to speak with Mass, who was sitting in his truck parked near a barn on the property. She said as she walked toward the truck, Mass pointed a gun out the window of the truck and fired a shot toward her. The woman was not hit. The victim said Mass then told her if she walked any closer to him, he was going to shoot her in the head. The victim said she ran into the barn and when she heard the truck drive away, she ran into the home, locked the doors and called the Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived, they found Mass, who was now driving an SUV, on the property. Deputies gave verbal orders for Mass to stop the vehicle and show his hands. Mass complied with the deputies’ orders, but when a deputy opened the vehicle door, Mass grabbed the steering wheel and refused to let go. Deputies were finally able to get him out of the vehicle and into custody. Deputies recovered a loaded handgun and a loaded semi-automatic rifle in the truck.

Mass was arrested for attempted second-degree murder, menacing and domestic violence. He was booked into the Pueblo County jail.

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Deputies Find Drugs on Burglary Suspect

Jeffrey Tomlinson

                 Jeffrey Tomlinson


A Florence man arrested Wednesday by Pueblo County Sheriff’s deputies for attempted burglary was found in possession of more than 42 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

Deputies responded to the 5600 block of Colorado 96 at about 6:40 p.m. on report of a suspicious person who matched the description of man seen caught burglarizing a home in the area. When deputies arrived, they contacted the man, later identified as Jeffrey Tomlinson, 47, on private property and informed him that he was trespassing.

Tomlinson told deputies he had stopped to ask if the homeowner had an apartment for rent. When deputies started to question him about the burglary that occurred in the area, Tomlinson took off running, going down some stairs and a hill. One of the deputies deployed a Taser, but Tomlinson continued to run. Another deputy, who was chasing Tomlinson on foot, apprehended the suspect just as he jumped off a 4-foot-high wall. The deputy and Tomlinson landed on a driveway below the wall, where Tomlinson continued to struggle with the deputy until he was taken into custody.

While conducting a pat search of Tomlinson, deputies found in his possession 42.8 grams of suspected methamphetamine and two glass pipes.

A witness identified Tomlinson as the person seen inside the garage of a nearby residence. Tomlinson is suspected of taking items from the garage and putting them outside the building to take at a later time. All items taken from the garage were recovered.

Tomlinson and the deputy suffered minor injuries in the incident. Tomlinson was arrested for attempted second-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance. He was booked into Pueblo County jail.

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