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Shoshona Darke, 51, of Salida, was arrested by Chaffee County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday on a charge of criminal trespass after investigators identified her as a trespasser Monday at the former Barry and Suzanne Morphew property near Maysville, a press release stated.

The home changed hands in March.

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Recent dry conditions prompted Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze to implement Stage 1 fire restrictions effective at 8 a.m., Sept. 24 for unincorporated Chaffee County.

The long-range weather forecast predicts little to no moisture for Chaffee County, a press release stated.

DENVER – A 22-year-old who hijacked a prison officer’s truck in Chaffee County is facing a minimum of seven years in federal prison.

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Summer will soon come to a close, but driving impaired is never in season. The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies including Buena Vista, Salida and the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office are coming together for a late summer DUI campaign from Aug. 18 to Sept. 6.

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A wreck on U.S. 285/24 between Trout Creek Pass and Antero Junction, at mile marker 225, resulted in one death and closed the highway for about 3½ hours on Saturday, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Paul Clark reported.

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Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center was placed on lockdown for about one hour starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Salida Police Chief Russ Johnson said police received a call that an individual in the Buena Vista area was at the BV clinic trying to get a letter telling his employer he was fit to return to work.

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center was placed in lockdown at about 9 a.m. when police informed the hospital that a threat was made to First Street Family Health by a Buena Vista man.

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A Colorado Springs man on a commercial rafting trip in The Numbers section of the Arkansas River north of Buena Vista died when the raft he was in flipped at rapid No. 5 at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

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The Buena Vista Police Department reported the following for March 2021...

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Since the 2020 election, Chaffee County has received two requests to review its election video files, but has not yet been able to provide those files. After a broken machine prevented viewing of the files, the county has been unable to release any of the video recordings, which the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office requires every county to have.

Defendants connected to Amy “Mother God” Carlson of the Love Has Won religious group, whose body was discovered in a home near Crestone in May, appeared in Saguache County court Tuesday. Carlson’s mummified body, with the eyes removed, was found in a sleeping bag and wrapped in Christmas lights.

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Colorado’s Move Over Law recently was modified to define what “slow down” means in relation to specific speed limits.

The law requires drivers to move over or slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle (police, fire and ambulance), a tow truck or a highway maintenance vehicle when their red, yellow or blue emergency lights are activated, a press release stated.

Holden Harrison was born at 5:55 p.m., July 8, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center’s Family Birthing Center in Salida.

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Next week will mark one year as chief for Dean Morgan, a 10-year member of the Buena Vista Police Department as part of two decades of law enforcement.

A preliminary hearing in the case against Thomas Labosky, who is charged with attempted murder and several lesser charges related to a June 3 incident in Buena Vista, was postponed from Monday to Thursday, July 22.

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The Chaffee County Fire Protection District coordinated with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control to host a training event for 30 firefighters from the southern region of Colorado at BVHS.

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Buena Vista police received a report of gunshots and a man threatening to kill another individual near CR 304 in the Midland Hill Trail area Thursday afternoon, resulting in a suspect being charged with attempted first degree murder.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees last Monday, then the Chaffee County Fire Protection District board of directors on the following Wednesday voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement between the two entities that makes CCFPD “the exclusive jurisdiction having authority to interpret and enforce the fire code adopted by the town within the town’s boundaries.”

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The Chaffee County Fire Protection District coordinated with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control to host a training event for 30 firefighters from the southern region of Colorado at BVHS.

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Buena Vista police received a report of gunshots and a man threatening to kill another individual near CR 304 in the Midland Hill Trail area Thursday afternoon, resulting in a suspect being charged with attempted first degree murder.

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The Buena Vista board of trustees last Monday, then the Chaffee County Fire Protection District board of directors on the following Wednesday voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement between the two entities that makes CCFPD “the exclusive jurisdiction having authority to interpret and enforce the fire code adopted by the town within the town’s boundaries.”

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The Buena Vista board of trustees approved an intergovernmental agreement between the town and Chaffee County Fire Protection District, which if approved by the CCFPD board at its meeting Wednesday evening, would make Chaffee Fire “the exclusive jurisdiction having authority to interpret and enforce the fire code adopted by the town within the town’s boundaries.”

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A bill sponsored by state Sen. Kerry Donovan and Rep. Dylan Roberts of Avon that would allow the state of Colorado to hire back former members of the State Wildland Inmate Fire Team moved through the legislative process of the Colorado General Assembly with broad support.

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Salida Police Chief Russ Johnson said Tuesday there have been no new leads in the disappearance of Nathan Schwartz.

The 22-year-old Eaton man was last seen Feb. 22, according to family members. His car, a black 1999 Toyota Rav4, was found in Salida March 2, parked on F street between 13th and 14th streets.

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One, near the Tunnels north of Buena Vista has been vandalized. Fourmile volunteer Alan Robinson discovered the damage to the sign, as well as damage to the newly built Bureau of Land Management restrooms at the CR375 parking area.

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A pair of visitors exploring the St. Elmo town site recently entered the porch of one of the buildings in the ghost town, tried to open both locked doors and seemed disappointed they couldn’t explore the inside of the cabin.

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Salida Police Chief Russ Johnson said that as of Thursday, there has been no new information in the case of missing man Nathan Schwartz, age 22.

Schwartz, of Eaton, was headed to Colorado Springs Feb. 22. He texted his mother Feb. 24 from a cell tower in the Salida area. The phone has been turned off since that last connection and Schwartz’s debit card has also not been used since last week.

His car was found in town Tuesday.

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A Colorado Springs man who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor poaching charges in three counties likely will never legally hunt again in Colorado or 47 other states after a Colorado Parks and Wildlife hearing examiner permanently suspended his hunting privileges.

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Lake County Coroner Shannon Kent and deputy coroner Staci Kent were arrested Feb. 18 after law enforcement agents found improperly stored human remains at what had been the couple’s Silverthorne funeral home.

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Gary Labor, who was charged in connection with the July 14, 2018 death of Matthew Massaro at Buena Vista Correctional Complex, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of contraband in the first degree, a Class 4 felony, Feb. 10 in 11th Judicial District court.

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Dale Robert Enck, the Buena Vista Attorney who was arrested last year on charges including theft from an at-risk victim, pled guilty to that charge in October.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol along with local and county law enforcement agencies encourage everyone to be safe during the Super Bowl DUI enforcement period from Feb. 5-8 and not drive impaired.

Almost 100 agencies will increase patrols – including the Buena Vista and Salida police departments and the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office – during the Super Bowl enforcement period to remove impaired drivers from the roads and prevent crashes.

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A series of investigations that began in December culminated in the arrest of numerous people involved in the distribution of drugs including heroin and methamphetamine, Buena Vista Police Department Chief Dean Morgan said Wednesday.

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A fatal shooting at Mt. Massive Townhomes left one Leadville resident dead and another in custody after law enforcement responded to a call from the apartment complex Jan. 12.

Yolanda LaCome, 34, of Leadville was found at the scene and later died of injuries sustained in the shooting, according to a release issued by the Leadville Police Department.

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A Pueblo woman faces local charges of first degree assault of a police officer, felony vehicular eluding, driving under restraint and other possible criminal charges following a pursuit that ranged through three counties.

Krystin Schletter, 35, of Pueblo, was taken into custody Thursday in the San Luis Valley after pursuits in Fremont and Chaffee counties were discontinued.

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Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office will add additional resources to its staffing on Jan. 20, Inauguration Day.

Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze stated in a press release the sheriff’s office is currently unaware of any credible threats toward Chaffee County’s critical assets or citizens.

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A search for a missing 11-year-old boy along the banks of the Arkansas River east of Buena Vista yesterday afternoon ended when a hiker spotted the boy walking safely along the river.

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The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred shortly before midnight Wednesday evening on U.S. 24 approximately 2.5 miles east of Johnson Village, according to a press release issued Thursday morning.

Salida Police Chief Russ Johnson said Wednesday the department has been aware of threats against Eric Coomer, security director of Dominion Voting Systems, who has been under attack since before the November General Election.

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One Buena Vista Correctional Complex inmate is dead of COVID-19, Colorado Department of Corrections public information officer Annie Skinner confirmed Monday.

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To help Coloradans transition safely into the new year, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will join forces once again to complete The Heat Is On New Year’s Eve DUI enforcement Dec. 29-Jan. 2.

Salida Police Chief Russ Johnson said Wednesday the department has been aware of threats against Eric Coomer, security director of Dominion Voting Systems, who has been under attack since before the November General Election.

Jury trials for three of the four Buena Vista Correctional Complex inmates charged with first degree murder in the July 14, 2018, death of fellow inmate Matthew Massaro, will be rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns.

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A dozen kids from Salida and Buena Vista got to spend time with a local law enforcement agent on Saturday.

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Charges were filed by deputy district attorney Brian Andris Wednesday in 11th Judicial District Court against Isaiah Garcia, 21, of Moffat and Taylor Mossman, 21 of Homer related to a burglary and subsequent armed stand off with law enforcement Nov. 17 in Poncha Springs.

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After serving on the Buena Vista Fire Department since 2001, first as a volunteer and eventually as the town’s first full-time paid fire chief, Dixon Villers retired last week.

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Thanks in part to a grant from the El Pomar Foundation, The Friends of the Chaffee County Fire Protection District are in the process of finalizing the order for a Polaris UTV that will allow Chaffee Fire to access challenging terrain.

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Chaffee County Search & Rescue–North rescued three exhausted hikers on Mount Belford Sunday evening.

Search and Rescue was paged out to the fourteener at about 5 p.m., Nov. 29. According to an update on CCSAR-N’s Facebook page, the hikers were without headlamps for nighttime hiking or adequate winter gear.

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A Colorado Parks and Wildlife search team's two-day recovery effort came to an end midday Monday when divers from Pueblo County Search and Rescue recovered a body in the water at Clear Creek Reservoir.