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.

Guilty Plea for Stealing Millions from Multi-State Lottery

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Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman has announced that Eddie Raymond Tipton of Flatonia, Texas, has pled guilty to theft by fraud, and computer crime charges related to his role in defrauding state lotteries in Colorado, Wisconsin and Iowa. Tipton was prosecuted in Wisconsin, as part of a multi-year, multi-state fraud case, and faces a total maximum penalty in Wisconsin of 13.5 years of incarceration.

Arrests Made in Two Eads Burglaries

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The Kiowa County Sheriff's Office has made multiple arrests following burglaries that took place in Eads during May and June.

Deputies investigated a burglary that occurred in the 800 block of Hickman Street that was first reported May 9. Five felony warrants were issued for burglary and theft which resulted in the arrest of three juveniles. They have not been named. Also arrested was Joseph Burk of Calhan. He was transported to Prowers County Jail. An additional arrest warrant was issued for an adult male who has not been named.

Man Sentenced for Killing Grandfather

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An Aurora man found guilty of beating his 84-year-old grandfather to death has been sentenced to 72 years in prison. The beating occurred after an argument that started over what to have for to dinner.

Arapahoe District Judge Phillip Douglass sentenced Jason Vanbommel, 34, to 72 years with the Department of Corrections. In April, a jury found him guilty of reckless manslaughter and first-degree assault of an at-risk adult, among other charges. First-degree assault on an at-risk adult is a Class 2 felony, reckless manslaughter is a Class 4 felony.

Northwest Tech Receives Grant for Crime Investigation Program

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Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, Kansas has been awarded a $5,499 Innovative Technology Grant from the Kansas Board of Regents. The funds will support the Crime Scene Investigation program and will be used to purchase a thermal imaging camera that will expand the capabilities of the drone that is currently being used by the Crime Scene Investigation program.

Man to Serve 12 Years in Prison for Gun, Drug Charges

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John Catilino Maez, 35, of Pueblo, Colorado, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson to serve more than 12.5 years in federal prison for gun and drug charges, the U.S. Attorney's has announced.

Following his prison sentence, Maez was ordered to serve three years on supervised release.

Maez was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver August 10, 2016. He pled guilty before Judge Jackson in February to being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. 

Postal Employee Pleads Guilty After Faking Cancer to Work from Home

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Caroline Zarate Boyle, 59, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, a U.S. Postal Service employee, pled guilty Friday to presenting a forged writing to the United States with the intent to defraud after telling her employer that she had cancer to work from home and claim hundreds of hours of sick leave.

The guilty plea occurred before U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore.

Boyle was first charged March 3, 2017. She was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver two weeks later. She is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Moore in July.