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 […]

Rangely man gets nine years for rape

RANGELY I At a sentencing hearing on Feb. 6 at the Rio Blanco Courthouse and as a result of a plea bargain, 21-year-old Rangely resident Michael Miner was sentenced to nine years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for the July 2014 rape of a 12-year-old Rangely girl.

Piper pleads insanity in stabbing of former sheriff

MEEKER I In a preliminary hearing on Friday in Meeker, Public Defender Elise Myer entered a plea of “not guilty by reason of insanity” on behalf of her client, Logan Piper, in the stabbing of former Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff in the parking lot of Pioneers Medical Center on Aug. 21, 2014.

MSD board upholds expulsion from Barone for girls in drug incident

MEEKER I At an executive session of the Meeker School District Board of Education on Jan. 20, the board upheld the year-long expulsion of two female students at Barone Middle School.

Wanted felon arrested at Meeker apartment

MEEKER I On Monday the Meeker Police Department announced that on Jan. 21 Meeker police officer Gardner Mendenhall developed information that led to locating Matthew Finley, 28, who was wanted out of Mesa County on a nationwide no-bond warrant for charges related to dangerous drugs.

Bond is reduced for woman in scam case; accomplice is wanted

MEEKER I The story continues for one of two females who allegedly misrepresented themselves as relatives of Meeker residents in December while claiming to sell magazines to fund a Meeker High School volleyball trip to Florida. Kristina Ann Lopez, 23, appeared before Judge John Neily on Friday after being held in the Rio Blanco County […]