Crime – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:21:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-4/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195937 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at October, November and December.

OCTOBER

• The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved upon first reading a revised noise ordinance and adopted the Model Traffic Code upon second and final reading at the board’s regular meeting on Oct. 1.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-3/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195423 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at July, August and September.

JULY

• At a Future of Power Supply Information Series meeting held in Pagosa Springs on July 1, La Plata Electric Association representatives discussed the future of energy and a potential buyout of its existing power-supply contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-2/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194567 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
Over the next few weeks, The SUN will take a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at April, May and June.

APRIL

• On April 1, Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) added Julie Simmons to its board. Simmons replaced former board member Clay Buchner.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 22:00:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194166 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
Over the next few weeks, The SUN will take a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at January, February and March.

January

• Beginning Jan. 5, the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) began 24/7 paid staffing for the first time in the department’s history.

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Sexual assault case against Pagosa Springs man to be retried in January http://www.pagosasun.com/sexual-assault-case-against-pagosa-springs-man-to-be-retried-in-january/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:08 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191195 The case against a Pagosa Springs man suspected of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl last year in Bayfield will be retried, according to Sixth Judicial District Attorney Christian Champagne.

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Man who was accidentally released from prison arrested in Durango http://www.pagosasun.com/man-who-was-accidentally-released-from-prison-arrested-in-durango/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:00:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177599

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A man with ties to Archuleta County was arrested Saturday in Durango after being accidentally released from a New Mexico prison in March.

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Local police officer cited for reckless driving, unauthorized siren http://www.pagosasun.com/local-police-officer-cited-for-reckless-driving-unauthorized-siren/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 10:57:32 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=177398 A Pagosa Springs Police Department (PSPD) officer was charged with reckless driving and operating a vehicle with an unauthorized siren following an alleged incident that took place on Aug. 31 outside of the Archuleta County Combined Dispatch Center.

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Graffiti at Yamaguchi Park http://www.pagosasun.com/graffiti-at-yamaguchi-park/ Thu, 05 Sep 2019 21:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176868

SUN photo/Chris Mannara

Pagosa Springs Police Department Officer Kirk Romesburg analyzes new graffiti at the Yamaguchi Park skate bowl with Town Parks and Recreation Director Darren Lewis on Aug. 30. Romesburg pointed out what looked to be a fingerprint at the scene. The Yamaguchi Park skate bowl was previously vandalized in late June.

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Suspect in Vista homicide hears charges http://www.pagosasun.com/suspect-in-vista-homicide-hears-charges/ Thu, 29 Aug 2019 10:59:06 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176384 An Archuleta County man is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of Millie Mestas earlier this month.

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Homicide victim identified, suspect arrested http://www.pagosasun.com/homicide-victim-identified-suspect-arrested/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:57:57 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175340 A local woman has been identified as the victim of a homicide that occurred in the Vista subdivision early last week.
Millie Mestas, 47, of Archuleta County, was identified as the deceased female located within a home in the Vista subdivision, according to an Aug. 9 press release from the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO).
ACSO Undersheriff Derek Woodman previously explained that the incident is believed to have happened on the night of Aug. 6 and that the ACSO received a call from a reporting party at 4:45 a.m. on Aug. 7.
The reporting party allegedly went over to the victim’s home to get some personal items and discovered the victim inside the home.
According to the ACSO’s press release, the complexity of the crime scene required the ACSO to request assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI).
CBI agents assisted with interviews, as well as the collection and preservation of evidence located on scene, per the ACSO press release.
Woodman notified The SUN that a gag order had been put in place for information pertaining to this case as of the afternoon of Aug. 12.
The gag order, put in place by the Sixth Judicial District Court, restricts the ACSO’s discussion with any member of the public relating to this case, Woodman explained in a follow-up interview.
Following an autopsy performed on Aug. 8, Mestas’ cause of death was determined to be from “multiple stab wounds to the neck and back,” the ACSO press release reads.
Due to the nature of Mestas’ injuries, the ACSO investigated her death as a homicide, the press release explains.
As the investigation went on, several individuals were interviewed and some suspects were identified, the press release notes.
Also on Aug. 8, information related to the death of Mestas pointed to a suspect who was later identified as Christopher Ross Maez, 52, of Archuleta County, according to the ACSO press release.
The press release explains that, on Aug. 8, Maez was interviewed regarding Mestas’ death, and at the end of the interview was arrested for unrelated outstanding warrants for failing to appear in Archuleta County and Montezuma County.
Additionally, Maez had an outstanding warrant for violation of bail bond conditions in Archuleta County, according to the press release.
ACSO detectives began compiling information from the investigation, ultimately presenting an affidavit of probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant for Maez from the Sixth Judicial District Court.
On. Aug. 9, that warrant was signed by a judge and served on Maez at the La Plata County Detention Center.
Maez was then booked into the facility and charged with:
• Murder 1 – after deliberation.
• Murder 1 – extreme indifference.
• Assault 1 – serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon.
• Domestic violence.
Bond was set for Maez at $1 million.
Those who may have tips related to the ongoing investigation can contact the ACSO at 264-8430.

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