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Nederland Police Department summons issued, May, 2018

Traffic, non-parking, 24,
City ordinance, 2
Traffic parking, 1
Miscellaneous, 13

On May 1, a traffic hazard was reported to the Nederland Police Department; a metal box, 4’ by 4’ in the road. The officer also found a CDOT truck and a flatbed semi-trailer and tractor, about 60 yards west of the metal box. The crate was against the guard rail and contained a hazmat placard. The CDOT employee at the scene asked to have the canyon closed at both the top and bottom. DPC Industries out of Hudson said they would complete the investigation. The CDOT employee had some of the corrosive base liquid splashed on his face and the officer at the scene felt a burning on his forehead from the mist coming off vehicle tires driving through the substance.

The employee was sent to the emergency room and the officer continued to wash his face and eyes.

On May 2, a Ned officer was asked to check on an accident in which a vehicle slid off the side of the road near Brainard Lake. The driver had been heading north and lost traction on the curve. She was given a courtesy ride to her home.

On May 2, Ned officers responded on a report of a man who failed to appear on a warrant out of Mississippi, on a probation violation. The warrant was confirmed the next day and when officers contacted the man he said he was not aware of the warrant, but that 12 years ago he had talked to a lawyer about getting his probation moved to Colorado. The warrant and extradition orders were confirmed and the man was taken into custody.

On May 3, a Louisville Police Officer requested that the NPD do a welfare check on a man in town and try to identify a female if she was there. The officer knocked on the door and and was greeted by a man and woman. The two people were not injured and had proper identification. When contacted again, the reporting officer said that there a rolling domestic and a witness had seen the couple yelling at each other and could hear them. They had been in a parking lot in Louisville.

The man and woman refused to show identification. She demanded that the officer get a supervisor or county deputy. A deputy arrived. Further information was sent to the Louisville Police Department.

On May 5, a Ned officer observed a vehicle pass Barker Dam Road at a high rate of speed, over the 15 mph. He stopped the vehicle. There was an active warrant out for the driver’s arrest out of Gilpin County issued in March. The officer allowed the suspect to drive to his home where the man’s mother came up with $500 to cover his bond. The suspect was then driven to Gilpin County Jail.

On May 13, an officer reported to investigate a dog bite. The victim said a brown pit bull bit him while he was standing in the road. There were two puncture woulds on his left hand fingers. The man said he did not want the dog’s owner summoned, he just wanted to know if it was vaccinated. The woman had no proof of vaccination. She said the dog was adopted from a Craig’s list ad. The officer observed the dog did not appear to be sick or overly aggressive, that it is overly protective and is a fear biter.

The dog owner was issued a summon for no proof of rabies or a town license. When the officer cleared her license, it was found she had an active warrant from Wisconsin. The nation-wide warrant was for maintaining a place of drug trafficking, second offense and two counts of bail jumping. She was taken into custody and her two year old son was left in the care of his father. The woman was taken into custody until a Green Bay, Wisconsin officer could come and get her.

On May 18, the NPD received a report of burglary on a rental property on First Street. The officer noticed the locks had not been changed since the previous tenants moved out. A woman greeted them and invited them in. The inside of the house was in good condition. The roommate took the officer to a room accessed from a door off the kitchen and the outside windows opened easily.

The roommate pointed to a large wooden puzzle box on a dresser on the east side of the room; the box had been forced open and money had been removed, but there were six 100 bills still in the box. There no obvious signs of entry. The tenant said he left for work in Boulder.

The woman stated she was in and out of the house during the day. When the other tenant came home, he noticed the bills missing and called 911. He was told by BC dispatch that Nederland Police would respond in the morning. There were no fingerprints and no suspects.

On May 19, another burglary was reported at the same address. The woman invited the officer in. The tenant is described as a flamboyant, dramatic person and had complimented the officer on his looks and accent. The officer felt something was not right with the situation. He said nothing was missing from the room, but the door had been locked when he left. The female roommate was crying and upset. She signaled to the officer that she wanted to talk to him alone. She said she was afraid of the first roommate. The other two roommates met with the officer and told him they thought the person who called in the report was making false reports.

The officer then interviewed the third roommate who said he thought something was going on with the first man, maybe a ploy to get out of paying his part of the rent. The first man told the officer that he had a lot of bills. The report has been generated as an officer information item.

On May 18, a Ned officer was sent to investigate an assault report. The victim was waiting outside of the NPD. The victim said she was training an employee and when she was called to a cash register, the manager criticized her for being slow and then told the employee to leave, shoving her out the door. The officer reviewed the surveillance video which showed the manager turning the employee away from the register, not pushing. A witness agreed that he didn’t think the movement was overly forceful.

The officer decided there were no criminal offenses.

On May 20, a Ned officer responded to a report of a disturbance or domestic violence. The officer talked to the woman who said she new in town and just started working. They were expecting a crowd in the morning when she had agreed to meet her boyfriend for breakfast.

The woman left for a few minutes and when she returned she was told her boyfriend had come looking for her and he went to his vehicle to wait. When the girlfriend returned, the couple got into a verbal alteration, with shouting and arguing. The boyfriend was told to leave. After 45 minutes he returned. His girlfriend refused to come out. The man left again. When he came back he said the woman had to be where she said she was going to be. The officer engaged the suspect in a conversation about what happened and he agreed on the facts.

The officer felt there was insufficient Probable Cause to arrest the suspect. He issued a Trespass warning to the man.

On May 22, a local man reported that a car parked at RTD had been damaged: The passenger front door window and mirror had been damaged. The officer tried to call the owner but has not received a response. The officer estimated that 75 percent of the mirror was unaccounted for. The case remains open with no leads.

On May 24, a man entered the NPD saying he wanted to report a threat from his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. The former boyfriend was upset that he had been abandoned. No charges were pending at the time.

On May 24, an officer responded to a report of a theft and possible disturbance. When he arrived a woman said that the suspect and his girlfriend had let in two transients and they had stolen $600 of merchandise from them. The suspect said he didn’t know what was going on, that there was a sign on the door that said the shop was closed. The store owners thought the suspect had let more than one person into the area and had brought in alcohol.

When the owner went to the store he noticed that many sales items had been missing. A video tape showed a woman walking around the building left, and then came back again. The backpack she carried was flat when she entered and expanded in size when she left. The officers were standing outside the shop when one of them noticed a vehicle matching the suspect description. He followed the vehicle and pulled the woman over. The vehicle was registered to another person, a friend of hers. A Ned detective found a phone number for the owner of the car. The suspect denied she took any money. When she came to the NPD the following day, she was read her rights and then admitted she took some items, a total of $300 worth of equipment. The report details the entering and exiting of two of the suspects as they fill their back pack and pockets.The woman was taken into custody and transported to the Boulder County Jail.

On May 24, a Ned officer responded to a reported theft call, a man said that his quail was missing. He said when arrived at his shop he found the door forced open and his quail was gone. None of this tools were missing. The officer found scratches in the door that were consistent with bear claw scratches. Fresh claw scratches. There are no known suspects as this time.

On May 31, the NPD received a report of a roll-over car crash. The officer and Nederland Fire Protection District volunteers went to the scene and found the driver talking to the homeowner. The suspect was swaying and adjusting his feet to keep his balance and said there was no one else in the car. He had a hard time finding his driver’s license. He said he was fine and needed no medical attention as he wiped away blood from a cut on his forearm. His eyes were bloody and glassy.

He said he came upon a curve which he didn’t maneuver through. His vehicle tire tracks went straight when the road curved right and down a slope until it rolled over on its top. A tree stopped its downhill course.

The suspect was transported for a rendezvous with AMR. He was taken to Boulder Community Hospital where he refused a blood draw. He was taken to the Alcohol Recovery Center with charges of DUI, careless driving and his license was revoked.

(Originally published in the June 28, 2018, print edition of The Mountain-Ear.)


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