Did you know that Colorado Springs is second only to Denver for auto thefts in Colorado? Or that New Year’s Eve and Day are 2 of the top 5 holidays for auto theft? How about the fact that HALF of the cars stolen have the keys in them or were left running.
As it gets colder out, the practice of warming up your car unattended or “Puffing” increases. This is actually against the law in Colorado, and it provides an easy way for criminals to take your car.
The time frame of June 11-June 20, 2013 will forever be in the memories of the citizens of El Paso County. The 14,280 acre Black Forest Fire took the lives of 2 of our residents, destroyed 489 homes and left more partially damaged.
On September 23, 2014, the Sheriff’s Office began an investigation after receiving two reports of Indecent Exposure in the Widefield area. Both events occurred between 3:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. and are believed to have been perpetrated by the same suspect.
The victim from the shooting which occurred in the 9800 block of Calhan Highway on September 15, 2014 has been identified as 30 year old Michael Mackey. The El Paso County Coroner has determined cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds and manner of death as homicide.
In August of 2007, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau established the Reintegration and Recovery Program for sentenced inmates serving from 3 to 24 months at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center (CJC). The goal is to reduce post-release recidivism for new and Contempt of Court charges. This multi-disciplinary approach encompasses several components, two of which include education and therapy conducted by Certified Addiction Counselors. Over the years the program evolved and statistics indicating significant reduction in the recidivism rate has been promising.
Today, September 17, 2014, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the Tri-County Fire Department and numerous other participating agencies will conduct an “Active Shooter” training exercise. The exercise will occur from 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Miami-Yoder School at 420 South Rush Road.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 59 year old Heather Neville on suspicion of First Degree Murder following a shooting in the 9800 block of Calhan Highway.
The Sheriff’s Office received a call at 12:21 p.m. reporting a shooting at a residence in that area. Upon arriving at the home, an adult male was found shot and was deceased. Four other adults were at the home, as well as five children. All people were detained as part of the investigation.
On August 22, 2014, the Green Mountain Falls Marshal's Office requested the assistance of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office regarding an incident involving a 67 year old male who had been stalking a ten year old female victim.
Recently there has been some media coverage of alleged improprieties in the hiring process utilized by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Once again, it appears the agenda driven media outlets, desperate for attention, strive to create controversy where there is none.
Americans have historically enjoyed a right to free speech. This was so important that the Framers of the US Constitution enumerated it as the first amendment in the Bill of Rights. Americans take infringement of our rights, especially our right to free speech, very personally. Citizens of the United States and of El Paso County have a right to expect honest and open communication from their elected leaders, especially in times of crisis.
Sheriff Maketa Shows Additional History of Civil Account
In a continued effort to provide facts concerning the Sheriff’s Office Civil Unit bank account, I have provided a link to a sampling of checks the Treasurer’s Office received from this account during Sandra Damron’s term. In online stories titled, “Sheriff’s Office responds to discovered fund” and “Former treasurer says she had nothing to do with the sheriff’s office account”, found on KRDO’s website, it’s stated former Treasurer Damron knew nothing about the account. These checks demonstrate and directly refute that claim, as they clearly show checks received by the Treasurer’s Office from the “El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Civil Division”.
Sheriff Maketa and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office are very pleased to announce we have completed the investigation into the cause and origin of the Black Forest Fire.
On Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division submitted the completed Black Forest Fire investigation to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
Since July 22, 2014, much attention has been given by the County Commissioners, Treasurer’s Office and the local media about the Sheriff’s Office Civil Unit bank account, which the Treasurer’s Office says was not properly set up through their office and subsequently went unnoticed by them for several years and has been described as a “mystery account” by KRDO.
On July 22, 2014, a story aired on a local media outlet which claimed the Sheriff’s Office had a million dollar account which went unnoticed by the County Treasurer’s Office for a period of years. Based on the angle of the story, an air of suspicion and underhandedness was cast over the Sheriff’s Office and Civil account.
UPDATE: Mr. Clibon was located during the evening of June 25 and is safe.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is currently looking for a missing elderly male, identified as 82 year old Bert L. Clibon. He left his residence in the 7000 block of Gillen Road, which is just south of the Air Force Academy, West of I-25, this morning before 08:30 a.m. and has not returned as of yet.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the disappearance of 16 year old Jane Klopfenstein of Monument. She was reported missing by her mother on June 20, 2014.
A fair amount of media attention has been given to the fact that I was not at the BoCC meeting this morning even though my name appeared on the agenda. Its unfortunate the media had to spend anytime whatsoever covering a topic that truly isn’t newsworthy. Confusion can be caused by the BoCC agendas if you’re not familiar with how they work.
Through a cooperative effort between the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the Phoenix Police Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, a second arrest has been made in the Daniel Cressey homicide.
On May 28, 2014, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) began a homicide investigation after discovering a deceased adult male in Fountain Creek near Pinon Bridge in Pueblo County. The victim was identified as 20 year old Daniel Cressey.
In light of the Gazette article, “Sheriff’s Office releases travel records for Sheriff Terry Maketa, female subordinates,” Sheriff Maketa would like to take an opportunity to provide facts surrounding his business travel.
The Sheriff’s Office will present its Black Forest Fire After-Action Report during a press conference on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Office of the Sheriff at 27 E. Vermijo Avenue in the third floor Community Room.
On June 3, 2014, Kyle Davis Curley Murphy turned himself in to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office on the First Degree Kidnapping arrest warrant which had been issued on June 2nd. Murphy was responsible for the kidnapping of a 19 year old female in the Falcon area on June 1st.
On June 2, 2014, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office obtained an arrest warrant for First Degree Kidnapping and other charges for 23 year old Kyle Davis Curley Murphy for the June 1st kidnapping of a 19 year old female on Woodmen Hills Drive in Falcon.
On June 1, 2014 at approximately 12:17 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a report of an attempted kidnapping in the area of Woodmen Hills Drive and Velvet Antler Way.
Many inquiries have been made to the Sheriff's Office asking for public comment from Sheriff Terry Maketa concerning statements made by one of the County Commissioners at this morning's Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) meeting.
On May 22, 2014, just before 4:00 p.m., a 15 year old female was approached by 2 males in a red in color pickup truck in the 1400 block of Park Vista Boulevard, which is northeast of the intersection of Academy and Austin Bluffs.
The Gazette and reporter Dave Philipps have again shown their lack of journalistic ethics by publishing the "Leaders felt 'pressured' to give award to Maketa." There is no newsworthy purpose for this story, but is purely a character assassination meant to taint the reputation of the Sheriff, the Sheriff's Office and the prestigious Hundred Club Award.
County Sheriff’s Office continues to look for answers concerning the disappearance of Julia Netzler. Detectives have repeatedly checked local hospitals and homeless shelters.