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.
February 25, 2014
February 25, 2014: Worship leaders from all over Pueblo County will train on the protection and safety of their congregations in March when they take place in the Safety & Security for Places of Worship Training offered by Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.
The workshop will offer information and inspiration on the very serious subject of active shooters. Churches leaders will learn alongside of their staff, their security directors and local law enforcement. Retired U.S. Marshall, Tina Lewis Rowe will lead the group through some lessons learned, how to ensure they have the proper procedures in place, and how best to address the sensitive subject with their church members.
Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor knows active shooters are a very real threat in worship locations across the nation. “Active Shooters pick their targets carefully and history has proven that attacking a church during services earns them attention. Knowing what to do in these situations is critical to saving lives and we are glad to bring this level of training to our community members” says Taylor.
The class is free and lunch will be provided. The event is one day only, March 4th from 9am-3pm. There are still seats available for church teachers & staff, security agencies, church leaders, and law enforcement officers. For details or to register, Call Stefana Adcock @ the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office 719-583-6438 today!
February 24, 2014
February 23, 2014: Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 27-year-old Zachary S Hoffman for Felony Burglary and Felony Theft following a week-long investigation. Hoffman is a suspect in the CSU-Pueblo baseball clubhouse burglary that occurred last Monday evening. Deputies made the arrest without incident at the home of Hoffman’s parents in Pueblo West. Hoffman is currently being booked into Pueblo County Detention Facility, where he will be held on $50,000 bail.
On Tuesday, February 18, staff reported that someone had broken into the University baseball clubhouse and stolen more than $20,000 in property that belonged to coaches, players, and the university. Included in the theft were several autographed photographs of famous baseball players. Hoffman had reportedly been attempting to pawn these items at various pawn and sports shops throughout Pueblo last week without success. Outside one of the shops on Friday, February 21, deputies located Hoffman, who was wearing CSU-Pueblo practice gear that matched reported stolen items, and they asked for permission to search Hoffman’s vehicle. He refused, but deputies could see what appeared to be additional stolen items from the burglary through the windows and immediately impounded the car. They believed the clothing Hoffman was wearing also was stolen property, so they confiscated both the vehicle and the clothing in the parking lot.
A signed search warrant for the vehicle was obtained on Sunday morning and deputies executed it later in the day. During the search, they recovered many more of the items reported stolen. Those items included the autographed photographs, several items of clothing, a necklace, duffle bags, CSU-Pueblo hoodies and a jacket, sunglasses, and a pair of personalized CSU-Pueblo batting gloves. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Hoffman, who also is on probation for the felony charge of providing false information to a pawn broker, an unrelated case.
Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor is glad to have the suspect in custody and is hopeful that much of the property can be returned to the team. “We know this is frustrating to those players, many of whom consider that clubhouse their home away from home. I am proud of our guys for following the leads in this case to this conclusion. When the players got back
from their road trip today, they returned to some good news and it’s Lt. Bill Brown and the University deputies that made that possible.”
February 20, 2014
Pueblo, CO: Pueblo City and County First Responders will be getting a significant upgrade in their radio systems this spring when a multi-million dollar upgrade project will go online in the county. The project involves a 5.6 million dollar Zone Controller with a five-site simulcast cell and upgrades at repeater sites across the county. The project is entirely funded through the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program Cooperative Agreement and paid for with federal dollars. When completed it puts Pueblo County on the cutting edge of the technology and strengthens the system supporting southern Colorado.
From 2009, the onset of Statewide 800 MHz radio inter-operability, Pueblo County was connected to Zone One in Denver, CO. As more agencies throughout the state came into the program, the system reached maximum capacity. Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor recognized that with capacity issues up north, tower upgrades needed here in Southern Colorado and an aging infrastructure in between, Pueblo County would soon be in serious trouble when it came to emergency communication.
An Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Pueblo and Pueblo County allows for upgrades of tower sites within both the city and county of Pueblo. The upgrade will also enhance radio coverage for first responders and provide a backup system that allows for continued radio communication even in outage situations.
“This is a huge advancement for Pueblo County and the rural counties in our region. Working with our FEMA/CSEPP partners to get the funding for this equipment has been amazing. They knew having all of our sites tied to the original zone controller out of Denver was an unacceptable risk for me. They gave the agency what I asked for so this could get done for the safety of our responders and our citizen’s and I am very grateful.” said Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor who was responsible for securing the upgrade.
PCSO project managers worked with the state to ensure rural counties to the east and south of Pueblo could also be attached to the Pueblo Zone, Zone Six. This attachment will lessen the distance radio communications have to travel and therefore reduce the likelihood that transmissions will be lost before they can be broadcast.
Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Bureau Chief Mark Mears believes the timing of the upgrade is perfect. “The main thing this project does for Pueblo County is to eliminate a weakness of the system we were previously attached to. It relied on 100 miles of aging microwave infrastructure that Pueblo didn’t own and didn’t have any control over.” Mears said radio users are seeing more system outages due to broken links occurring. “When Sheriff Taylor obtained funding for the new Emergency Services Center, the space was available to break away from the aging system, and make the needed upgrade a reality for Pueblo.”
February 14, 2014
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February 13, 2014: Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor has announced County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC) will again award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Pueblo County student this spring. CSOC established the scholarship program in 1978. Since then, this effort has continued as a meaningful expression of the sheriffs’ confidence in and respect for education and training. CSOC is pleased to make this investment in the future of a deserving Pueblo student.
In 2014, more than 30 scholarships will be awarded in Colorado counties. In Pueblo, applications will be reviewed by a local citizens committee appointed by Sheriff Taylor and a selection will be made on the basis of criteria established by CSOC. This criterion includes leadership, merit, character, involvement and career purpose.
Sheriff Taylor has long been an advocate of higher education. “The County Sheriffs of Colorado has provided thousands of dollars over the years to help Pueblo students realize their dreams. Presenting the scholarship has become one of my favorite parts of the role as Sheriff and I wish we could provide more” says Taylor who has actually arraigned it so the PCSO can fund the $500 scholarship in the alternating years that CSOC doesn’t fund it in Pueblo County.
Any legal permanent resident of Pueblo County enrolled in, or applying to, a vocational training program or institution of higher learning in the State of Colorado as a full- or part-time student is eligible to apply. There are no restrictions as to the course of study or training which may be pursued, and no restrictions are placed upon applications by reason of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.
Eligible students can download an application online at www.csoc.org, on the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office website, and at Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, 909 Court St, Pueblo, CO.
February 12, 2014
February 12, 2014: On February 7, 2014, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office stopped a pick-up truck for a traffic violation in Pueblo County. Pueblo County Sheriff’s K9 PC alerted on the presence of narcotics during the stop. Deputies, in contact with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), then towed the vehicle to the Pueblo West Field Office until a thorough search of the vehicle could be performed.
On Tuesday February 11th, members of the DEA/Southern Colorado Drug Task Force, who have been investigating the suspects, arrived to complete the search. Inside a hidden compartment above the engine, task force members found approximately four (4) pounds of methamphetamine.
Matthew Barden, Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) of the DEA in Colorado Springs gave special thanks to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, PCSO K9 PC, his handler Deputy Talton, and the deputies who assisted with the search. According to RAC Barden, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is a true partner and ally in combating drug trafficking organizations in Colorado and the United States.
Sheriff Taylor stated, “This Office is dedicated to the investigation, detection and prosecution of drug related activity in or around our community and proud to assist our Federal partners in this endeavor.” The methamphetamine has a street value just over $100,000. The investigation into these suspects continues.
The DEA/Southern Colorado Drug Task Force is comprised of personnel from the DEA, Colorado Springs P.D., Pueblo P.D., El Paso County S.O., Pueblo County S.O., Florence P.D., Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Colorado State Patrol, and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.
February 10, 2014
February 10, 2014: This morning just after 6:00 AM, Boone and Rural Fire Fighters were sent to the 300 block of Gerrard Ave. in Boone on a structure fire. The home owner awoke to smoke but was able to safely leave the home and call 911. He reported to the dispatcher that everyone made it safely out of the house. The fire seemed to start near the furnace of the home and the structure is likely a complete loss.
The second house fire was also reported by the people who were living inside the home. They said they saw flames in a bedroom and believed the cause to be a space heater they were using. This fire occurred within 70 minutes of the first fire. No one was injured but the home was completely destroyed.
Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor, who is responsible for wildland fire suppression in Pueblo County, explained the challenges first responders face when battling fires in such remote areas. “These are areas without full-time fire departments so they often work with smaller crews. There are no hydrants nearby so water has to be supplied by hauling water to the scene. This morning it was below zero while the firefighters were putting these fires out so just keeping water flowing from the hoses was a difficulty. They are all to be commended for their service today.”
Both fires have had overwhelming consequences for the homeowners. Sheriff Taylor sympathizes with the families. “When you live in a remote area you are aware of the challenges faced by fire teams but that doesn’t make it any less tragic when a fire breaks out, these families both lost a lot today and my heart goes out to them.”