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November 2012 report to the county commissioners


The sheriff and undersheriff

The undersheriff completed the three-week Executive Management Program instructed by staff from Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety.  The course was conducted in Las Lunas, New Mexico.

The sheriff and his wife were volunteer servers for the community Thanksgiving dinner at St. Joseph’s Church in Salida.

The sheriff and Deputy Kevin Everson attended the funeral service in Denver for Lakewood Police Agent James Davies who was killed in the line of duty.


On his own initiative, Sgt. Spencer Blades created and is maintaining a Facebook page for the sheriff’s office.  It can be found at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Chaffee-County-Sheriffs-Office/481931348513200?fref=ts

Deputies assisted Buena Vista PD officers in conducting an alcohol vendors compliance check in which two underage college students attempted to purchase alcohol at retail outlets (taverns and stores) in that town.  Two persons were cited by police after selling alcohol to the young volunteer.

In unrelated cases, two Chaffee County women were arrested November 9th on charges of illegal possession of drugs.  In the first case, Deputy Ben Adair stopped a sedan on US Hwy 50 in Salida for a minor traffic violation.  Questioning of two occupants led to a search of a residence in the 600 block of Nichols Street in Salida that produced illicit drugs and paraphernalia.  Arrested later and charged with several offences was a 42-year-old Poncha Springs woman. 

In the second case, Deputy Adair stopped a car for a routine traffic violation.  Information derived from the contact with the vehicle’s driver led deputies to obtain a search warrant early the following day for a residence in Buena Vista.  Arrested later was a 41-year-old Buena Vista woman.  She was jailed on multiple charges.  The press release concerning both arrests can be found on our website, www.chaffeesheriff.org

  Training Attended

A four-hour explosives recognition class was conducted by members of the Colorado Springs regional bomb squad.  Training was prompted by lessons learned from the field exercise last month.  Attendees included first responders from various agencies in our county as well as from Lake County.


  Complaints / commendations


Victims Advocate

Four volunteers have been fully trained and scheduled for service. 

Communications Center

Search and Rescue

Mount Shavano, November 24.  A 25-year-old male visiting from Iowa became lost during a day hike and was forced to spend the night on the mountain although ill-equipped to do so.  He was rescued the following day, dehydrated but otherwise unhurt, by volunteers from both search and rescue teams.  Twenty volunteers participated in the operation.