Walt Vanatta: Police beat for June
July 12, 2011
Below is Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta's monthly report to the Craig City Council regarding police department activity for June.
The Craig Police Department responded to 1,583 requests for service in June and Community Service responded to 196 requests.
Crimes of the Month (written by Sgt. John Forgay):
VEHICLES GONE BAD: There was a report received about a red truck creating issues by spinning its tires and throwing gravel.
Soon after, another witness called in about the same truck as it was observed going the wrong way through a local fast food drive-up. Police have found, through years of observation, there is usually human involvement in such incidents.
When the suspect "truck" was tracked down to a local motel, it was confirmed a human was behind the truck's behavior. Especially, when a witness advised that the human was urinating in the parking lot just before officers arrived. Human contacted, and he admitted to drinking "nowhere," but not driving. It was not surprising when it was found that he was driving a friend's truck without permission. He was rewarded with a free ride and chauffer to "somewhere," also called jail.
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RIDE OF HIS LIFE: A male showed up at the hospital with injuries apparently suffered in an accident.
It seemed that when one has some of the following problems — you are under a mandatory protection order, certain bail bond conditions, no valid driver's license, and you had an accident that you did not report and are suspected to have been drinking — probably test riding a motorcycle that was for sale should not be a priority in your life.
Darn two-wheeled critters.
OOPS: A band member was in Craig for a gig. With the show over, it was time to kick back and relax with a few drinks.
The next day, he reported his two bass guitars and cases were stolen from the same business where he played. The report taken, the search began.
Two weeks later, it's found that the hotel where he stayed had placed the items in storage, believing the musician left them behind.
Had it been the "Rolling Stones," memory lapse could be the culprit. How about "last call for alcohol" instead?
A DD MISUNDERSTANDING?: After a Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately report, the suspected vehicle was followed, and contact was made with driver and passenger.
The driver advised that he was the designated driver and was taking the passenger home. Had it not been for several signs of intoxication, he would not have been arrested and given a "designated" ride to jail.
PARTY'S OVER: A possible fight was reported in a residential neighborhood. Officers discovered that it was, in fact, a party involving alcohol and underage subjects.
Despite efforts to keep officers out of the home and some expletive deleted statements thrown about, the officers were allowed entrance by the home owner, who responded to the scene.
Final score: Ten underage drinkers cited for minor in possession and one 18-year-old cited under the city's social host ordinance.
What is that, you ask? Well, allow for a party with alcohol attended by underage party-goers and you'll probably receive a very expensive course on how it works.
Community Service Officers Connie Davis, Josh Wright and Jill Nelson handled the following calls in June:
• Red tagged six abandoned vehicles. Three vehicles were towed.
• One hundred thirty-nine weed complaints.
• One code violation.
• Forty-five junk/trash violations.
• Eleven administrative warnings for abandoned vehicles were issued.
• Five parking violation warnings were issued.
• One parking citation was issued.
• One code citation was issued.
• On June 3, corporal Travis Young attended Ending Violence Against Women Programs — Non-Stranger Sexual Assault training in Montrose.
• From June 6 through 10, sergeant Corey Wagner attended Precision Rifle Workshop Police Basic Sniper School training in Steamboat Springs.
• Also from June 6 through 10, officer Josh Martinez attended SWAT training in Durango.
• On June 16, records technician Terrianne Wheeler attended Child Passenger Safety Technician recertification training at the Moffat County Public Safety Center.
• On June 21 and 22, detectives Dale Secules and Carolyn Miller attended Internet Tools for Criminal Investigators training in Golden.
• On June 23 and 24, records manager Dixie Beck attended the 2011 Summer Colorado Certified Records Network Conference in Grand Junction.
Beck is one of four state board members who organize the conference, which offers training to law enforcement personnel in obtaining master certification and recertification.
Several officers and civilian employees have completed courses through video and online training by the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency.
The annual Awards Picnic has been scheduled for Sept. 1 at Loudy-Simpson Park.