SHERIFF'S OFFICE

John Spezze, Sheriff
Joe McGuire, Undersheriff

641 West 3rd Street
PO Box 699
Salida, Colorado 81201

Emergency: 911

Non-Emergency: 719-539-2596
Communications Center Fax:
719-539-3648
Records Fax: 719-539-1077
Email: records@chaffeesheriff.org





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Today (July 28) at approximately 12:08 pm an unidentified male died on the Arkansas River approximately 7 miles north of Buena Vista in Chaffee County, Colorado.  According to witnesses the victim was kayaking when his boat became high centered on a large rock while in the Miracle Mile section of water. The witnesses related that the victim […]

On July 24, 2014 at approximately 12:00 pm there was a whitewater related boating accident on the Arkansas River in Chaffee County, Colorado. The accident occurred at the Pine Creek Rapids, a class 5 section of water located approximately 14 miles north of Buena Vista, Colorado. The Arkansas River was running at 853 CFS at […]

Ten people were detained and cited early Saturday morning when sheriff’s deputies, assisted by Buena Vista police officers, broke up a drinking party at a private residence west of Buena Vista.  The two occupants of the residence, who authorities allege hosted the party and provided alcohol to the guests, were charged with providing alcohol to […]

On 07/11/2014 at approximately 2:49 pm there was a whitewater related boating accident on the Arkansas River in Chaffee County, Colorado. The accident occurred in the Pine Creek Rapid section of the Arkansas River, approximately 10 miles north of Buena Vista, Colorado. According to witnesses, the victim, Johnathan M. Kennedy, 40 years of age, from […]

On July 12, 2014 at approximately 1230 pm there was a whitewater related boating accident on the Arkansas River in Chaffee County, Colorado. The accident occurred between the Fisherman’s Bridge area and Browns Canyon located approximately 8 miles south of Buena Vista, Colorado. According to witnesses who were in the area at the time, they observed […]

A Plano, Texas man who became stranded on Mt. Princeton had to be rescued from his perch on the face of a cliff during an operation that lasted into the dark hours of Wednesday evening.  Andrew Goodman, 26, was finally reached by search and rescue volunteers shortly before 9pm.  He had suffered an injured ankle […]

The sheriff and undersheriff The sheriff and undersheriff participated in the FIBArk parade.  Other than that, pretty much stayed in the office and out of the deputies’ hair. Operations Patrol deputies began their annual summer patrols of Forest Service campgrounds June 13.  Most will be conducted on weekend afternoons and evenings, concentrating on established camp […]

The body of a 31-year-old woman, missing since Saturday evening when the raft she was in overturned in the Arkansas River north of Salida, was discovered at about 5:45pm yesterday (Wednesday) on the east bank of the Arkansas River at the confluence of the Little Arkansas River near Salida’s south city limits.  The victim, Amanda […]

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office today announced the establishment of its first Citizen Police Academy, a program that gives citizens an opportunity to learn about the operation of the sheriff’s office and to educate the public in ways in which it can become working partners with the sheriff’s office and its employees. Academy classes will […]