Law Enforcement

Explosive Device Discovered During Search in La Junta

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La Junta police and fire department members were called to a report of a possible explosive device Thursday morning according to La Junta Fire Chief Aaron Eveatt.

While executing a search warrant in the 500 block of Lawrence, officers with the La Junta Police department discovered the potential explosive object. Assistance was requested from the Southern Region Bomb Squad response team, which arrived mid-afternoon. The team determined the device represented an explosive threat. The U.S. Air Force 21st Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was also requested to assist.

Elbert County Sheriff’s Foundation Hosting Denim to Diamonds Ball Fundraiser

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For the second consecutive year, the Elbert County Sheriff's Office Foundation is holding a fundraising dinner in support of the brave men and women of the Elbert County Sheriff's Office in the event they are killed or seriously injured in the line of duty. 
The evening will include dinner, drinks, live and silent auctions, along with dancing to music provided by John Hillmann. Activities will be taking place March 10 at the Elbert County fairgrounds exhibit building. A cash bar will open at 5:00 p.m., will dinner to follow at 6:00 p.m.

Arapahoe Deputy Convicted of DUI While on Duty Sentenced

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Jeffery Vincent, an Arapahoe County Sheriff's deputy, was sentenced this week to a year of probation after being found guilty of driving under the influence and prohibited use of a weapon.

"Vincent made a bad decision," Deputy District Attorney Francisco Martinez told the court. He asked the court to sentence Vincent to probation. 

"Vincent should not allow this case to define him," Martinez said, "but rather learn from it as he moves forward."

Ten-Day Winter Blitz DUI Enforcement Underway

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Colorado law enforcement agencies will be boosting DUI enforcement for the end of January with increased officers on duty and saturation patrols starting Friday. For 10 days, 119 law enforcement agencies statewide will dedicate additional resources to apprehending drivers who get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol, cannabis or other drugs. 

US Marshal Killed Serving Warrant on Fugitive

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A Deputy United States Marshall was killed Friday while serving an arrest warrant on a fugitive in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

According to the United States Marshals Service, Deputy US Marshal Christopher David Hill, 45, and two other officers were shot while attempting to arrest Shayla Lynette Towles Pierce at a home in Harrisburg. An unidentified man at the home began shooting at officers, who returned fire and killed the man.

Deputy Hill was taken to a local hospital where he died. The other officers had non-life-threatening injuries and were treated.