NEWS: Thursday May 27, 2010

May 27th @ 4:37 pm in News by Scott Staley

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force arrested a suspect for felony Distribution and Possession of Cocaine (a schedule II controlled substance).   On April 5, 2010, an undercover operator for the task force purchased $375 worth of cocaine from the suspect in the El Jebel area of Eagle County.   On May 26, 2010, Task Force Detectives arrested the suspect with an arrest warrant.  The suspect was in possession of an additional two ounces of cocaine at the time of his arrest.

Omar Bautista (age 20 from Carbondale, CO) was the suspect arrested.  He was found to be driving without a driver’s license and was charged with that traffic offense also. Bautista is being held in the Eagle County Detention Facility on a $50,000 bond.  He is illegally in the US from Mexico and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold was placed on Bautista.

Tips on illegal drug activity from concerned citizens are vital to Task Force operations.  The ECSO will continue to investigate this incident.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 5:07p)

If you think you may have any information about the suspects or this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637).  If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.

A Placerville woman is searching for her son who was reported missing in southwestern Wyoming (Uinta County) on May 9th. The woman contacted the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office May 18th regarding his disappearance. The 31-year-old in question is TJ McCluer. If you have information regarding T.J McCluer’s whereabouts, please contact Norman Squier with the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office, at (970)728-3474.
Source: San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office   (Posted 4:38p)

Drivers beware over the next 100 days. The Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the state are beginning an intensive DUI crackdown that starts Memorial Weekend and continues through Labor Day.  The goal of the “100 Days of Heat” campaign is to save lives by deterring people from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and arresting those who do.

In 2009, 191 people were killed in alcohol-related fatalities in the state, representing 41 percent of all traffic fatalities in Colorado.  Nearly one-third of the alcohol-related deaths last year occurred between Memorial Weekend and Labor Day. Seventy-two percent of those killed were male; half were young people age 17 to 34, and more than one-third involved drugs in addition to the alcohol.  Denver County had the highest number of alcohol-related fatalities with 24, followed by Arapahoe County and El Paso County with 16 each, Weld County with 15, and Larimer County with 14.

“One of the most serious public safety issues we face in Colorado is the crime of impaired driving,” said Col. James Wolfinbarger, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, “and it is totally preventable when drivers make smart choices.  When a person has a few drinks and gets behind the wheel, that vehicle becomes a deadly weapon that can wipe out innocent lives.  We will be out in force this holiday weekend and throughout the summer to stop impaired drivers before it’s too late.  And, remember to always buckle up.”

During last year’s “100 Days of Heat” enforcement, law enforcement made 3,531 DUI arrests during summer enforcement periods.  Also in 2009, alcohol-related fatalities dropped 17 percent between Memorial Weekend and Labor Day, compared to the same time-period in 2008.  Last year also marked the first time alcohol-related fatalities have dropped below 200 in Colorado.

“The high-visibility enforcement campaigns are working to reduce traffic deaths, but alcohol is still involved in more than 40 percent of our fatalities and that is totally unacceptable,” said Russell George, executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation.  “CDOT will continue to support statewide law enforcement agencies with state and federal grants, as well as public education campaigns like the “Heat Is On” to combat this serious problem on our roadways.”

One of the grant programs is “DUI Checkpoint Colorado” which supports nine law enforcement agencies and two CSP troops to conduct sobriety checkpoints beginning this Memorial Day Weekend and continuing throughout the summer.  Participating agencies include: Aurora PD, Boulder PD, Colorado Springs PD, Denver PD, El Paso County SO, Jefferson County SO, Lakewood PD, Larimer County SO, Weld County SO and CSP Troop 4A Fruita and Troop 1D Adams County.

Fourteen sobriety checkpoints will be conducted this holiday weekend, in addition to plans for increased patrols and saturation patrols filed by 73 law enforcement agencies across the state. More details about the DUI enforcement plans and arrest results can be found at www.HeatIsOnColorado.com.

Jennifer Gray lost her husband, Brian, and 9-year-old twin daughter, Brittany to a drunk driver in 2004.  Her surviving twin daughter, McKayla, now lives with disabilities from the crash, and her youngest daughter, Amber, is still traumatized.  “One person’s decision to drink and drive robbed our family of a father and husband, daughter and sister,” said Gray.  “Please think before you drink, and plan ahead to get a sober ride home.  Lives are counting on the choice you make, including your own. Remember that a DUI-related crash is unreversible and 100 percent preventable.”
Source: Press Release   (Posted 5:51p)