Craig suspect back in police custody

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Steve Tamlin

Weeks before sentencing on a separate case, a Craig man was taken into custody Friday on a variety of alleged offenses, including domestic violence and child abuse, possibly adding to an already lengthy criminal history.

Craig Police Department officers arrested Steve Tamlin, 41, Friday night following a dispute at a Craig home.

Tamlin was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief, child abuse, domestic violence, driving under restraint and possession of weapons by a previous offender. He has not been charged yet in 14th Judicial District Court.

Police Chief Walt Vanatta said a child placed a 911 call about 5:30 p.m. Friday. The child's grandmother told him to make the call, Vanatta said, and the child ran to a neighbor's house to do so.

When officers arrived at the home where Tamlin was, they heard a disturbance going on between two people outside, the police chief said. Authorities found the inside of the home damaged, he added.

Tamlin, who doesn't have a license, fled the scene in a vehicle when officers arrived, Vanatta said. He was pulled over about a block away.

He was found in possession of a knife with a blade longer than 3 1/2 inches, according to police reports, and booked into the jail about 6:17 p.m.

Tamlin is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 30 in Moffat County District Court on a different case, a conviction for menacing, a class 5 felony.

The charge stems from a plea agreement made with prosecutors following unusual court circumstances in April and June.

In April, Tamlin was found guilty of assault and a crime of violence sentence enhancer, charges that stemmed from an alleged incident a year earlier at Moffat County Jail.

However, Tamlin did not appear for a reading of the jury's verdict, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was found days later in Evanston, Wyo., a town in the far southwest corner of Wyoming, about 273 miles from Craig, near the Wyoming-Utah border, and returned to Moffat County.

The jury's verdict was overturned in June.

Agreeing with a defense request for a new trial based on a violation of discovery rules, a District Court judge ruled a new trial was warranted. The judge ruled there was "not an intentional withholding of evidence" by prosecutors, but Tamlin's rights were violated nonetheless.

Court records indicate Tamlin has a criminal record dating back to at least 1991.

Tamlin was scheduled to post bond Tuesday afternoon.

Jeremy Snow, a 14th Judicial District deputy district attorney, said Tamlin's menacing conviction does not carry a mandatory Department of Corrections sentence, but that prison time is possible.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com

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