Law Enforcement – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 19:03:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Man’s best friend Veteran reunited with stolen therapy dog http://www.pagosasun.com/mans-best-friend-veteran-reunited-with-stolen-therapy-dog-2/ Wed, 30 Oct 2019 11:00:42 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189766

Photo courtesy Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office
Reunited at last, Larry Martinez poses with his pup, Sabrina, after she was stolen by an individual posing as an Archuleta County animal control employee. Martinez, a Vietnam veteran, has a special bond with Sabrina as she is his therapy dog.

A local man who had his dog stolen by another man who was impersonating an animal control officer has been reunited with his pup.
According to Archuleta County Undersheriff Derek Woodman, Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) deputies responded to a call made by Larry Martinez, 72, of Pagosa Springs, on Oct. 3 in which he explained that he had his dog stolen by someone impersonating an Archuleta County animal control employee.
Woodman explained the man only identified himself to Martinez as “Steve”and explained that he was tasked with taking Martinez’s black and white border collie, Sabrina, and having it placed.
“Steve” then took Sabrina from Martinez and drove away; Martinez described “Steve” as being a white male in his 50s driving a silver SUV, the undersheriff reported.
During their investigation, Woodman reported, ACSO deputies were contacted by the Humane Society on Oct. 11 and were informed that a male party had tied a black and white border collie to a tree near the shelter and ran off.
Through more investigating, the male was identified as Steven Valdez, 55, of Pagosa Springs, Woodman noted.
Later, Martinez identified Valdez as being the one who took his dog, reported Woodman; Sabrina was reunited with Martinez later that same day.
Woodman noted that an arrest warrant had been obtained for Valdez for the crimes of stalking, a class 5 felony; second-degree criminal trespass, a class 3 misdemeanor; and theft, also a class 3 misdemeanor.
Martinez, a retired Vietnam veteran, explained in an interview that Sabrina is more than just a pet to him; she is his therapy dog when he needs her.
“There’s sometimes where I wake up at night in a cold sweat, nightmares of ‘Nam and she comforts me,” he explained.
Sabrina came into Martinez’s life when she was 2 months old, he explained, adding that the time in which she was taken from him was very difficult.
“I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat. I would try laying down; I would maybe lay down for five seconds and get back up,” he said. “I just kept thinking, ‘Is she OK? Is she being fed? Is she in a warm place?’”
The hardest part was waiting for the inevitable phone call, Martinez added.
“I missed her,” he said. “I wanted her back, that’s all.”
With Sabrina back, Martinez noted he is doing a lot better.
“At least I’m getting some sleep. I’m getting my appetite back,” he said.
Martinez commended the ACSO for doing a “tremendous” job in locating Sabrina.
“I was kind of giving up there for a while,” he said. “All in all, it came out OK. I got to compliment the sheriff’s department. They did a really good job,” he said.

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Jail construction on schedule, county seeking funds for courthouse http://www.pagosasun.com/jail-construction-on-schedule-county-seeking-funds-for-courthouse/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 21:00:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189788 Archuleta County’s new detention center is on schedule to be completed in June, and additional funding is needed to meet another county capital facility need: a new courthouse.

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Propane leak suspected in fatal explosion and fire http://www.pagosasun.com/propane-leak-suspected-in-fatal-explosion-and-fire/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:59:26 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=188953

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An explosion and subsequent fire destroyed a structure on Cool Pines Drive Friday, taking one life and leaving another person in critical condition. A propane leak is believed to be the cause of the explosion.

An explosion and subsequent structure fire in the Timber Ridge Ranch subdivision claimed the life of a woman and left a man in critical condition on Oct. 11.

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Tuesday accident claims life of Pagosa man http://www.pagosasun.com/tuesday-accident-claims-life-of-pagosa-man/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:58:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=188951 An accident involving a bicycle and a truck that occurred Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 160 has claimed the life of a Pagosa Springs resident.

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Dispose of unwanted prescription drugs on Take Back Day http://www.pagosasun.com/dispose-of-unwanted-prescription-drugs-on-take-back-day-2/ Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179580 The Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office will again participate in the National Pharmaceutical Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The event, which allows for the safe disposal of unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications, will take place Oct. 26 in front of the Archuleta County Courthouse at 449 San Juan St.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
After unwanted drugs are collected at the Take Back Day site, they are securely packaged and held until a pickup or drop-off is arranged with the DEA.
Needles and sharps, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs cannot be accepted.

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Animal control calls prompt need for more enforcement http://www.pagosasun.com/animal-control-calls-prompt-need-for-more-enforcement/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 10:56:31 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179025 An increased number of animal control calls has the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) advising the public to be more mindful of animals.

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Sheriff’s office submits 1033 inventory to county http://www.pagosasun.com/sheriffs-office-submits-1033-inventory-to-county/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 10:58:28 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=178544 By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
Following months of dispute over whether or not the items were accounted for, the ACSO has submitted a full inventory of items it has ever received from the federal 1033 Program to the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners.

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Dispose of unwanted prescription drugs on Take Back Day http://www.pagosasun.com/dispose-of-unwanted-prescription-drugs-on-take-back-day/ Wed, 25 Sep 2019 11:00:55 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=178134 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
The Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office will again participate in the National Pharmaceutical Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The event, which allows for the safe disposal of unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications, will take place Oct. 26 in front of the Archuleta County Courthouse at 449 San Juan St.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
After unwanted drugs are collected at the Take Back Day site, they are securely packaged and held until a pickup or drop-off is arranged with the DEA.
Needles and sharps, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs cannot be accepted.
The DEA’s website notes, “According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.”
randi@pagosasun.com

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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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