Law Enforcement

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.

CDOT, CSP Team for Sturgis DUI Enforcement

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92 agencies participating

In Colorado, motorcyclists make up just three percent of vehicles on the road but account for 18 percent of overall fatalities. To ensure safe travel for those traveling to and from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, CDOT and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) will conduct a joint DUI-enforcement period, Aug. 4-14.

The focus of the enforcement period is not specifically on motorcycles, but any motor vehicle operated by an impaired driver.

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.

Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office June 2017 Arrests

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Kiowa County Deputies received a report of a cold burglary in the 800 block of Hickman Street, Eads, Colorado. Kiowa County Deputies investigated the incident and issued five felony arrest warrants for burglary (C.R.S. 18-4-203(1) and theft (C.R.S. 18-4-401(1), (2) (D)). The warrants consist of three juveniles and two adult males. The two adult males were Joseph Burk of Eads, Colorado and Cedar Wilde of Lamar, Colorado.

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.