Car theft from Meeker leads to Hwy. 64 chase

At approximately 10:52 a.m. Sept. 9, a local man was having coffee at the Meeker Café when he learned that his truck had been stolen while parked on Main Street with the keys in the ignition. At approximately 11:25 a.m., a Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the […]

Bodies of husband and wife discovered in Rangely home

RANGELY I Rangely police officers were called to a private residence at roughly 2:30 p.m. on June 1, and responding officers found the bodies of a husband and wife who resided at the residence on East Rio Blanco Avenue.

Rangely No. 3 safest town from burglaries in Colorado

RANGELY I ConsumerAffairs.com analyzed FBI and Census Bureau data from 2014 to create a map displaying the safest cities in the United States, and Rangely is ranked No. 3 in Colorado for the lowest odds of a burglary taking place.

Counterfeit bills circulating in Rangely area

RANGELY I Last week, the Rangely Area Chamber of Commerce announced that counterfeit $20 bills had been located in Rangely, and, according to chamber director Kristen Steele, similar fraudulent money has been reported in Vernal, Utah, as well.

Meeker man loses appeal on conviction for poaching

MEEKER I Convicted poacher and former outfitter Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, 73, of Meeker, Colo., learned Aug. 25 that his appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has failed, affirming the 41-month prison sentence and fines he received in early 2013 for illegally baiting deer and elk with salt.

Rio Blanco on Patrol: June 8-22

RBC I The following information is a weekly review of the calls for service that were reported to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office. If you have any questions or would like an explanation of the call types listed please make a comment on this posting. We will not release any information as to the […]

Meeker youths face charges in three cases

MEEKER I The Meeker Police Department concluded an investigation into criminal trespass and burglary cases earlier this week this past week. Nine juveniles were referred to court on 27 counts.

Methamphetamines, cannabinoids revealed in man’s autopsy report

DINOSAUR I An autopsy report released this week indicates that James Brent Damon, the man who took a Colorado Parks and Wildlife district wildlife manager and a Moffat County deputy sheriff hostage on March 9 between Dinosaur and the Utah border, had high levels of methamphetamine in his body at the time of his gunshot […]

Rangely police seek those who vandalized 10 trees

RANGELY I The Rangely Police Department is seeking local help in solving a case of criminal mischief committed on some young trees on Rio Mesa Drive in Rangely.

Deferred sentence given to woman in Meeker fraud case

MEEKER I On Friday, Kristina Ann Lopez, 23, one of two females who allegedly misrepresented themselves as relatives of Meeker residents in December while claiming to be selling magazines to fund a volleyball team’s trip to Florida, pleaded guilty to “theft of an at-risk victim,” a class 5 felony, but received a one-year deferred-judgment sentence.

Man in fatal shooting identified; officers placed on paid leave

DINOSAUR I On March 9, Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife District Wildlife Manager Nathan Martinez of Rangely told investigators that around 2 p.m. he was off Highway 40, approximately 10 miles east of the Utah border issuing a road kill permit when he took note that Moffat County Deputy Sheriff Bhrent Shock was just […]

Woman skips hearing in school scam case

MEEKER I Kristina Ann Lopez, 23, one of two females who allegedly misrepresented themselves as relatives of Meeker residents in December while claiming to be selling magazines to fund a volleyball team’s trip to Florida, failed to appear at her arraignment Feb. 20 at the Rio Blanco County Courthouse, prompting Judge John Neily to issue […]