Police look into found firearm

The Craig Police Department is preparing to use a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms database to search the serial number of a firearm found near Craig Swimming Pool Complex, on Washington Street.

Children found the gun - a 9-millimeter handgun - in Fortification Creek, near the pool, Nov. 22. The children's grandmother reported the incident to police.

Officers responded and took possession of the firearm.

Police Chief Walt Vanatta cited the incident in his monthly summary as a "scary call."

"The children showed (the officers) where they found the gun, which turned out to be near the City Park swimming pool," Vanatta wrote in the report. "They looked around the same area and found an empty bullet magazine, which belonged to the semi-automatic, also in the water."

It is unknown who owns the gun or where it came from, said Jerry DeLong, Craig Police Department captain.

A search through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation indicated the gun was not listed among those missing, lost or stolen, he said.

The gun has been booked into evidence as found property, DeLong said.

The gun was found with a legible serial number. The number has been forwarded to the ATF in hopes of learning who owns the firearm, police said.

The search could take a week to 10 days.

In other news:

Caps sentence for Maybell man

A 22-year-old Craig man was sentenced Monday afternoon to serve four years at Correctional Alternative Placement Services in Craig.

Daniel Christopher Carr was charged in four separate cases with two counts of distribution of a Schedule 1 controlled substance, two counts of distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance and distribution of marijuana, all felonies. He was also charged with providing alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor.

Carr pleaded guilty to distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, in this case cocaine, a class 3 felony. Remaining charges were dismissed.

Any violation at CAPS could lead to Carr serving the remainder of his sentence with the Colorado Department of Corrections, said Brett Barkey, Moffat County chief deputy district attorney.

CAPS, established in 1982, is a 45-bed facility where male and female offenders may complete sentences in lieu of jail, participate in work release and receive substance abuse treatment.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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