Walt Vanatta: Police beat for July | CraigDailyPress.com

Walt Vanatta: Police beat for July

Walt Vanatta

The Craig Police Department responded to 1,591 requests for service in July, and Community Service responded to 305 requests for service.

Crime of the month (by Sgt. John Forgay)

“What we have here is a failure to communicate” = FTC

A juvenile male was contacted around 2:30 a.m., in violation of curfew. He was taken home to mom, who advised that he was supposed to be in at 10 p.m. = FTC

A male at the hospital reported an attack at the park by unknown assailants. Minor injuries turned out to be the result of a previous fight with his girlfriend. Incidental information that was forgotten when first contacted? = FTC

A male was stopped by an officer who recognized him and knew about a warrant for his arrest. The male said he took care of the warrant two months before. The officer used the radio/computer to verify information. The warrant was active. Go to jail, do not pass go. = FTC

An officer observed a female going to the liquor store. He was aware of a restraining order, which also prohibits alcohol use. He stops the female, who advises she just wanted to buy cigarettes. Further checking led to the discovery of a bottle of alcohol (surprise), but it was for a “friend.” The meth discovered in her possession was possibly for the same friend. This could be highly probable, as she explained that the pants she was wearing also were not hers, and she did not know who they belonged to. = FTC

New “chip sealing” was occurring around the city. One driver, according to his statement, pulled out of a business onto the freshly chip sealed roadway and “pushed the wrong pedal” resulting in the truck he was driving to dig down through the gravel and oil base to the old blacktop. He admitted the accident and said he was willing to pay for the damage. That damage was estimated at $1,500. = FTC

Last but not least. Communication and common sense broke down and testosterone apparently kicked in when several young males decided that fighting was a way to solve their unjustifiable disagreements. This resulted in very serious injuries to one male and very serious charges for several young men. = FTC

Community service

Community Service Officers Connie Davis, Kathie Johnson and Josh Martinez handled the following calls in July:

• Spoke to the owners and red tagged 11 abandoned vehicles. Four vehicles were towed.

• Seventy-eight weed complaints. The owners were spoken to and will bring the property into compliance.

• Eighteen code violations. The owners were spoken to and will bring the property into compliance.

• Fourteen junk/trash violations. The owners were spoken to and will bring the property into compliance.

• Two parking tickets were issued.


School resource officer Storm Fallon resigned in April. Her 14 years of experience will be missed. We tested for this position June 15 and are in the process of completing the testing process on the top three applicants.

Martinez did an interview with the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Craig Beautification Committee and KRAI on code enforcement issues.


July 14 to 16, officer Tony Fandel attended the Colorado Auto Theft Investigators Vehicle Identification Number Inspection training in Golden.

July 29 through Aug. 1, records technician Terrianne Wheeler attended National Child Passenger Safety Program/Child Restraints training at the Public Safety Center in Craig.

July 29 through 31, all officers attended the Intoxilyzer Certification training at the Public Safety Center in Craig.

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