April 14, 2014: Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor escorted a very special visitor through the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Center today. US Congressman Scott Tipton is in Pueblo and visited the new Emergency Services Center this afternoon. Aside from touring the Emergency Operations and Joint Information Centers, Sheriff Taylor introduced Congressman Tipton to the 911 Operators on duty in the 911 Center. They, along with dispatchers across the country, are celebrating National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
Telecommunicators Week is one set aside annually by Presidential Declaration to honor the work done by 911 centers and their staff throughout the year. The Pueblo County 911 Center is one of two 911 centers in Pueblo County, the other is managed by the City of Pueblo Police Department. Additional public safety call centers exist at the Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo and the Colorado State Patrol Office. While only two of the centers answer 911 calls, each has the responsibility of handling phone calls and radio traffic with the safety of people and property at risk.
“These men and woman are our front line. People decide how professional, dedicated, and capable we are based on the interactions they have with our 911 center. We have a great team and their skills are top notch” said Sheriff Taylor of the 17 operators that staff the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Communications Center.
Congressman Tipton was also very complementary of the work 911 Operators across the state perform, “This is a position that requires hard work but often goes without appreciation,” Tipton said to Communications Manager Tim Nawrocki, “I am glad to be here today, to meet your team, and to see your impressive center.”
The 911 Center for Pueblo County moved into the state of the art PCSO Emergency Services Center last month. The team has been focused on learning the new technology since April and will be participating in the federally evaluated CSEPP Exercise in May.
April 11, 2014
April 11, 2014: This Wednesday, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested 29 year-old, parolee Carlos Valdez on multiple felony charges. The arrest was made after Pueblo Parole called PCSO in to assist with an ongoing investigation into Valdez. Parole had been surveilling a mobile home on the 5000 Block of Red Creek Springs Road since they placed Valdez on Escape status through their office.
At the time of his arrest, Valdez had a large sum of money in his possession. Recovered from inside the home was a Walther P-22 semi-automatic handgun that had been reported stolen in the city of Pueblo. Investigators also seized over $3000.00 in cash and more than three grams of Heroin. 31 year-old Marquisa Ann Valdez, Carlos’ wife, was taken into custody as well.
Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor knows the partnership between state and local agencies has evolved into a necessity for public safety. “We have an excellent working relationship with the local parole office. I am concerned about the state’s early releases from prison reoffending in communities across the state and ending up in local jails” says Sheriff Taylor, who has been working with other local leaders to identify solutions to the problems these offenders create.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Valdez have been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Aside from his Parole hold and the distribution charges, Carlos has been booked on theft, possession of a weapon by an offender, and special offender charges associated with the circumstances of the arrest. He is currently on Parole Hold in Pueblo County Jail.
April 6, 2014
We are working to repair our jail lines, until then citizens can call 719 696 4248 for intake. Non emergency and 911 are functioning fine.
April 5, 2014
April 5, 2014: The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has been investigating a home on the 1000 block of Linda Avenue for over six months. The investigation confirmed illegal activity at the home. The unit was able to obtain a search warrant based on the investigation. At approximately 8:00 pm yesterday detectives arrived to execute the search warrant.
Arrested were 51 year-old Steven Wilson, 39 year-old Shane Smith, and 35 year-old Kimberlie Verigan. The three will be charged with felony counts related to the search. In addition, each had a previous felony conviction and/or outstanding warrants for their arrest. Verigan’s outstanding charges included two Department of Corrections escape warrants. Smith is currently on probation. The home owner, Steven Wilson, had multiple arrest warrants from Pueblo and El Paso Counties. Any new felony charges will include special offender charges because each was a convicted felon, prohibited from possessing weapons and controlled substances.
Once the scene was secure and all three were in custody, detectives were able to search the home. During the search they discovered Methamphetamine, digitals scales, US Currency, boxes of live ammunition, knives, machetes, semi-automatic handguns and shotguns. Every gun found was loaded with live rounds in the chamber.
Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor knows the risks associated with entry during a search warrant execution. “This was a tough entry, every gun loaded and ready to fire, some with-in arms reach of the suspects”, said Taylor “The narcotics unit works with precision and as a team and that shows in their continued safety and success.”
All three have been booked into Pueblo County Detention Center pending court appearance.
March 25, 2014
March 25, 2014: Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is taking applications for the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement- Citizens Academy. The PCSO Citizen’s Academy will cover many subjects, all related to the day-to-day operations of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.
Participants in the academy will be instructed in a variety of topics to include:
• Introduction to the PCSO
• Patrol Operations
• Detention Operations
• Emergency Services Operations
• School Resources/Dare Officers
• Tactical Team Operations
• Criminal Investigations
• Crime Scene Investigations
• K-9 Teams
• Explorer Program
• CSO Program
• Sheriff’s Posse
The classes will be held from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm every Tuesday and Thursday at the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Center, 101 W 10th St. The 4-week-long academy is FREE and begins April 22, 2014. A wide variety of instructors will be on hand, each a subject matter expert in their field. Participants who complete the academy will keep the Sheriff’s Academy manual, receive a graduation certificate, a t-shirt, and a department pin as part of a graduation ceremony. They will also graduate with a very specific knowledge set proved beneficial to future PCSO employees and volunteers.
Sheriff Kirk M Taylor is pleased to offer the academy to the community. “The education this series of classes provides gives a real behind the scenes look at this agency; our challenges, our commitments, and our procedures. It is an important part of our responsibility to offer that perspective. The biggest benefit though is for us. Building relationships in the community, encouraging interest in what we do, and having positive interactions with citizens revitalizes us all.”
The popularity of the Academy has increased over the years and it does have a limited class size. Additional information and applications can be obtained at any of our offices or on-line at www.pueblosheriff.com. Anyone with questions can contact Stefana Adcock 583-6438 for more information. Deadline for applications is April 16th.
March 12, 2014
March 12, 2014: Pueblo Rural Fire Department and Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office has evacuated an area around the intersection of Santa Fe Dr and Eagle due to a gas leak. Construction crews have been working on the roads in the area for the past several days and reported to 911 that they hit a gas line at approximately 10:00 AM this morning during digging operations.
Once firefighters arrived, they immediately asked for a ¼ mile evacuation of the area. The evacuation includes several businesses including Mission Foods.
Deputies and Colorado State Patrol Troopers have blocked Santa Fe, eastbound at Aspen and westbound at 20th Lane as a precaution.
No injuries have been reported but American Medical Response is on standby until the gas company can seal the leak.
“Crews are in place and are assessing the situation. They will take care of whatever needs to be fixed as soon as possible” says Kathy Worthington, Public Information Officer for Xcel Energy.
Citizens are asked to avoid the area while crews work to resolve the situation.
March 7, 2014
Captain Jeff Teschner 719-583-4948
March 5, 2014
March 4, 2014: Retired U.S Marshall Tina Rowe presented to the largest faith-based crowd she has ever presented to when Worship Centers from all over the front range took part in the free training offered by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office today. Over 130 people representing law enforcement and more than 50 worship centers of all faiths were on hand while the serious topic of security was delivered in a very thought-provoking and entertaining way.
Rowe’s five pronged approach asked participants if their church security provided for “worship without worry”. Marshall Rowe broke down the lessons into Assessment, Prevention, Detection, Protection, and Response. Participants were then told to look back over the past events that have occurred in their facility that required an emergency response. They were asked to remember things like fire alarms, disgruntled congregants, or medical issues, and to ask themselves how they handled it. Because right or wrong, Rowe said, there was a lesson in that response and if they didn’t learn the lesson, they will repeat the behavior. Next they were encouraged to develop safety teams whose job it is to assess the security of the building any given day then focus on the improvements that can be made to enhance security. All of the lessons, she said will lead to a better prepared and informed staff, ready to handle anything.
Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor, who introduced Ms. Rowe to the 100 plus crowd, believes this is one of the most important training opportunities made available to our public for a long time. “Knowledge trumps fear. This training gave people the knowledge they need when the unexpected happens. They have clear action items and checklists they may not have had before today and that will make all the difference should the worst occur” said Taylor.
Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the worship centers for their participation. Special thanks to both Sangre De Cristo Arts and Conference Center and Mr Dave Feamster owner of Little Caesar’s Pizza for their generosity. The staffs at both facilities were extremely accommodating and professional even as the registration numbers for the event continued to rise.
When the event was over, participants thanked the PCSO and said they were eager to see more classes like this available in the future.
February 28, 2014
February 28. 2014: Pueblo West resident Thomas R. Cook has been missing over six months and Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the community. Since Mr Thomas left of his own free will and he is an adult, investigators had hoped he would reach out to family on his own. Family and friends of Mr. Cook have been interviewed by detectives several times over the past six and a half months but no one has heard from the man.
On the evening of August 17, 2013 Thomas, or Tommy as his family refers to him, left his father’s house after an argument. Tommy said he intended to go to Kansas, where he had lived before moving to Pueblo West. He left the home without his personal belongings or his wallet. Both his 26th birthday and Christmas have passed without him reaching out to anyone. PCSO Detectives have been working with Kansas authorities for the past several months but there has been no sign of Tommy in either state and he hasn’t been contacted by law enforcement anywhere else in the country.
Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Sergeant Shelley Bryant believes someone in Pueblo can help solve the case. “We want assistance, someone to point us in the right direction while we will continue to do everything we can to find him” says Bryant. “His parents and friends are in need of answers and we want to provide those answers.”
Mr. Cook is a bi-racial man with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’08 and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. If anyone has information on Thomas Cook, or saw him on or after August 17th, they are asked to contact the lead detective in the case, Detective Williams at 719-583-4856 or Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Communications at 719-583-6250.