Investigation

Arrest Made in Drug Investigation

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Prowers County Sheriff Sam Zordel announced Friday that an arrested has been made for distribution of drugs.

Friday afternoon, Jose Santos Alvarez, 36, of Lamar, was arrested on a warrant for both possession and distribution of a controlled substance. Alvarez is being held in Prowers County Jail in lieu of a $200,000 cash-only bond.

The warrant for Alvarez' arrest following a lengthy investigation conducted by the regional drug task force, comprised of the Prowers, Kiowa, Baca and Cheyenne county Sheriff's offices.

Highway 287 Reopens Following Fatal Crash

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As of 12:05 p.m. Wednesday, the Colorado Department of Transportation reports Highway 287 in Baca County has reopened following cleanup from a crash that occurred earlier in the day. The highwasy was closed for over five hours.

Around 7:30 a.m., the Colorado State Patrol reported it was investigating a crash on Highway 287 12 miles north of Springfield.

Three vehicles were involved in the Wednesday morning crash, and the southbound lane was blocked due to a fire.

CDOT reported at 7:41 a.m. that the road was closed in both directions.

Montrose Man Faces Child Sex Assault Charges

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A Montrose man is facing multiple charges in connection with an investigation involving an alleged sexual assault on a child.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Joshua M. Hemphill, 25, in the evening hours of August 23.. Hemphill was taken to the Montrose County Jail where he is being held on $250,000 bond.

The initial investigation was based on information provided by an alleged victim. 

Post Office Worker Sentenced for Faking Cancer to Take Sick Leave

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Defendant faked doctor notes and planned to lie about sickness until her retirement

Caroline Zarate Boyle, 60, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was sentenced this week by U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore to serve five years' probation with the first six months in home confinement including wearing an electronic monitor.

Clues Sought in Bent County Murder Cold Case

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The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public's assistance in helping to identify the person or people responsible for the murder of a Bent county woman dating back to 1997.

The body of Deborah Reid, 34, was discovered under a bridge approximately 16 miles east of Walsenburg August 14, 1997. Though the cause of Reid's death could not be determined, investigators believe she was murdered.

Reid was reported missing by her sister and ex-husband when she did not arrive at her job at the Bent County Corrections Facility on August 4, 1997.

Human Skeletal Remains Discovered Near Gross Reservoir

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A fisherman contacted the Boulder County Sheriff's Office Saturday after he discovered what he believed to be human skeletal remains near South Boulder Creek, just east of Gross Reservoir. The fisherman had been bushwhacking along the creek in the Walker Ranch Open Space as he traveled east from Fisherman's Point, when he discovered the remains. Due to both the weather and time of day Saturday, an investigative and recovery effort began Sunday.