John Spezze, Sheriff
Andy Rohrich, Undersheriff

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

Emergency: 911

Non-Emergency: 719-539-2596
Communications Center Fax:
Records Fax: 719-539-1077


After a staff briefing today that included sheriff’s investigators and representatives from the district attorney and coroner’s offices, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office formally closed the case of the death of Turret resident Edwin Bartheld, 92 at the time of his death.  Mr. Bartheld’s body was discovered in the crawlspace of his home the afternoon […]

At about 6pm yesterday, Tuesday, volunteers from Chaffee County Search and Rescue South responded to the “Uncle Nasty” trail, part of the Salida trail system, to assist a 42-year-old Texas resident who had suffered an ankle injury while riding his bike on the trail.  Ten search and rescue members responded to the base of Tenderfoot […]

Results of the autopsy performed Monday on deceased Turret resident Edwin Bartheld determined that death was caused by a small projectile that entered the front of the man’s throat, traveled at an upward angle, severed his spinal cord and lodged in his skull.  The projectile is in the custody of the sheriff’s office.  It appears […]

The body of a Turret man, 92, was discovered in the crawl space of his home by friends who were concerned after hearing nothing from him for over a week.  At first believed to be a suicide, the man’s death is now suspected by authorities to be accidental due to a bizarre series of events.  […]

On September 6, 2014 at approximately 10:45 pm Chaffee County sheriff’s deputies were attempting to serve two outstanding arrest warrants on David Wayne Vantassell, a 25 year old resident of Poncha Springs. Sergeant Kevin Everson and Deputy Robin Burgess were in the area of Vantassell’s home when he was spotted on Highway 285 in Poncha […]

Operations The Chaffee County tactical team was admitted to membership in the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA).  Benefits of membership include free Internet-based training, team training lesson plans, training scenarios, legal updates relating to tactical actions, equipment reviews, discounts on equipment purchases, and of course, networking.  NTOA requires member agencies to adhere to certain professional standards […]