Crime – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 19:05:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 Man who was accidentally released from prison arrested in Durango http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/09/12/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/2019/09/12/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/2019/09/05/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/2019/08/29/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/2019/08/15/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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Death in Vista investigated as homicide http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/08/death-in-vista-investigated-as-homicide-2/ Thu, 08 Aug 2019 10:59:15 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174811 The death of a female in the Vista subdivision is being treated as a homicide by the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO).
According to ACSO Undersheriff Derek Woodman, the incident is believed to have happened sometime on the night of Aug. 6 and the ACSO received a call from a reporting party at 4:45 a.m. on Aug. 7.
“She was located by one of our reporting parties,” Woodman described.
Woodman did not disclose the identity of the victim, adding that a cause of death has not been determined.
Woodman explained further that the reporting party allegedly went over to the victim’s home to get some personal items and went into the home and found the victim.
The alleged weapon was described by Woodman as being a “sharp object.”
As of Aug. 7, Woodman explained, the ACSO had done a couple of interviews related to the case.
“We have one male party that we have not been able to contact and is of high interest as well,” Woodman said.
The names of the people of interest were not disclosed by Woodman.
The ACSO is not sure if drugs and alcohol were involved in the alleged homicide or if it was caused by an argument or robbery, Woodman explained.
“There’s a lot of unknowns,” he said.
As of Aug. 7, the ACSO had cleared the home for safety purposes, but was waiting on a warrant to do additional investigating.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting the ACSO in collecting evidence in this case, he added.
In a press release, Woodman explains that the ACSO has no reason to believe that the public is in any danger.
For those who may have tips related to the ongoing investigation, they can contact the ACSO at 264-8430.
Updates to this story will be posted to www.pagosasun.com if and when they become available.

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Death in Vista investigated as homicide http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/08/07/death-in-vista-investigated-as-homicide/ Wed, 07 Aug 2019 21:33:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=174792 The death of a female in the Vista subdivision is being treated as a homicide by the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO).
According to ACSO Undersheriff Derek Woodman, the incident is believed to have happened sometime on the night of Aug. 6 and the ACSO received a call from a reporting party at 4:45 a.m. on Aug. 7.
“She was located by one of our reporting parties,” Woodman described.
Woodman did not disclose the identity of the victim, adding that a cause of death has not been determined.
Woodman explained further that the reporting party allegedly went over to the victim’s home to get some personal items and went into the home and found the victim.
The alleged weapon was described by Woodman as being a “sharp object.”
As of Aug. 7, Woodman explained, the ACSO had done a couple of interviews related to the case.
“We have one male party that we have not been able to contact and is of high interest as well,” Woodman said.
The names of the people of interest were not disclosed by Woodman.
The ACSO is not sure if drugs and alcohol were involved in the alleged homicide or if it was caused by an argument or robbery, Woodman explained.
“There’s a lot of unknowns,” he said.
As of Aug. 7, the ACSO had cleared the home for safety purposes, but was waiting on a warrant to do additional investigating.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting the ACSO in collecting evidence in this case, he added.
In a press release, Woodman explains that the ACSO has no reason to believe that the public is in any danger.
For those who may have tips related to the ongoing investigation, they can contact the ACSO at 264-8430.
Updates to this story will be posted to www.pagosasun.com if and when they become available.

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Construction flagger arrested for car wash vandalism http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/07/25/construction-flagger-arrested-for-car-wash-vandalism/ Thu, 25 Jul 2019 21:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=173820 A local car wash was allegedly vandalized by a construction flagger on the morning of July 19, leading to the worker being arrested for criminal mischief and defacing public/private property.

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Suspects identified in criminal trespass via mail left in home http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/07/25/suspects-identified-in-criminal-trespass-via-mail-left-in-home/ Thu, 25 Jul 2019 21:00:16 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=173818 An incident of first-degree criminal trespass on July 15 led to local authorities identifying potential suspects through personal items left inside the home.

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Illegal hunting charges rack up over $2,000 in fines for Louisiana hunter http://www.pagosasun.com/2019/07/18/illegal-hunting-charges-rack-up-over-2000-in-fines-for-louisiana-hunter/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:00:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=173327 A Louisiana hunter recently pleaded guilty on July 3 to four charges and accumulated more than $2,000 in fines related to illegal hunting practices done northeast of Pagosa Springs near Jackson Mountain.

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