Press Releases

Sheriff's Office Asks For Help in Locating Missing Security-Widefield Woman

April 16, 2014 - 7:10pm

On April 1, 2014, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office began a missing person investigation regarding the disappearance of 52 year old Julia Netzler of the Security/Widefield area.  Julia was last seen by her husband at home at approximately 5:00 a.m. on April 1, 2014 when she got out of bed.  Her husband got out of bed an hour later to find Julia was gone.

Sheriff's Office Arrests High School Band Coach for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

April 14, 2014 - 10:00am

In early February of 2014, an El Paso County Sheriff's Office (EPSO) School Resource Officer received a report of a possible inappropriate relationship between a student and a contract employee at Air Academy High School in School District 20. The case was referred to detectives with the EPSO Investigations Division, who continued the investigation into the allegations.

Sheriff's Office Warns of Phone Scam

April 3, 2014 - 4:55pm

During the past few days, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has investigated two incidents of fraud which involved impersonation of a Deputy Sheriff. 

Sheriff's Office Investigates Disappearance of 23 Year Old Woman

March 31, 2014 - 9:30am

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the disappearance of 23 year old Danielle Hyde of Eastern El Paso County.  Ms. Hyde’s father reported her missing on March 30, 2014 after speaking with her shortly after 1:00 p.m. and learning she was on her way home from work; she works near Academy Boulevard and Woodmen Road.  Danielle never arrived home and friends and family have been unable to reach her since then.  In speaking with Danielle’s family, it is unlike her to leave the area without maintaining contact with her family or keeping her employer informed. 

Ronald Stanley Found Guilty on all Counts

March 25, 2014 - 2:30pm

In December 2009, detectives from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the activities of Ronald Stanley, a then-59 year old male. The investigation was initiated by the complaint of a 10 year old female, accusing Stanley of inappropriate sexual contact.  The investigation established probable cause and a search warrant for Mr. Stanley’s residence was executed in February of 2010. Multiple computers and additional digital media devices were seized.

Sheriff's Office Announces Citizens' Academy 2014-1

March 21, 2014 - 2:00pm

The Citizens’ Academy will begin on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and will be held on Tuesday evenings, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The Academy will be conducted over an eight week period, culminating in a graduation on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.  

More than 110 Burglaries Cleared and Several Arrests Made in El Paso County

March 20, 2014 - 2:15pm

In mid February, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office experienced a spike in residential burglaries in the Monument and Black Forest areas.  The cases were unique in that residents were reporting having seen a suspicious person wearing a reflective safety vest in the area when the crimes were committed. Information concerning the burglaries and suspect descriptions was quickly disseminated to Neighborhood Watch Coordinators in the area. A tip was received from a citizen regarding the suspicious person wearing the reflective safety vest which ultimately led deputies from our Crime Reduction Unit to identify 24 year old Ernesto Quintana as a suspect in the burglaries.   

Sheriff's Office Provides Update on the Tom Clements' Homicide Investigation

March 18, 2014 - 3:30pm

As we approach the anniversary of the death of Department of Corrections Executive Director, Tom Clements, there has been increased media coverage regarding the investigation.  Investigators of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and Office of the Inspector General continue to work diligently on this case to ensure we fully understand if any co-conspirators were involved with Evan Ebel.  Out of respect for Mr. Clements and his family, as well as the citizens of the local and statewide community, it’s imperative that if others were involved in Mr. Clements’ death that they be held accountable and brought to justice.  With that in mind, information has and will be held in the strictest confidence to maintain utmost safety and security in the case.  This investigation is complex and involves the difficult task of looking at threat groups and gangs within and outside the prison system; groups who often exist for the purpose of engaging in criminal activity and do so under the auspice of anonymity. To safeguard the integrity of the investigation, specific details about current leads or information investigators are working on cannot be shared.  

Sheriff Maketa Makes Good on Promise to Reinstate Substation Transports

March 17, 2014 - 2:35pm

Sheriff Terry Maketa is proud to announce the reinstatement of transports of arrestees from both the Falcon and Stetson Hills substations of the Colorado Springs Police Department.  Deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau staff conduct transports of arrestees from those substations on a daily basis which directly impacts service delivery to the community.  This service allows the arresting officer, whether from the Colorado Springs Police Department or the Sheriff’s Office, to return to their area of responsibility and continue to answer the needs of the citizens far quicker than if they had to transport the arrestee to the Criminal Justice Center; this is especially valuable when arrests have been made in far north or east areas of the county or city.  More than 33 arrestees have been transported since the program was reinstated on February 17, 2014.

Sheriff Terry Maketa Pleased to Announce the 2014 Teen Academy

March 13, 2014 - 4:45pm

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office will hold its Eleventh Annual Teen Academy the week of June 9-13, 2014. Classes will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Fitness and Training Center at 2743 E. Las Vegas Street.

The Teen Academy provides young adults with a unique opportunity to learn about the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and its operations through classroom and hands-on experience. Some of the courses will include Jail Operations, Patrol Procedures, SWAT, K9, and Criminal Investigations. Attendees will also tour secure areas within the Criminal Justice Center, the Evidence Facility, and courtrooms at the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex. Students will also be able to engage in practical exercises on various law enforcement operations.

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Arrest Made for the Business Burglaries in Falcon

March 10, 2014 - 3:35pm

During the early morning hours of February 12, 2014, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at the Sonic Drive-In Restaurant in Falcon.  During the course of the investigation, deputies determined a burglary not only occurred at the Sonic where a large safe was stolen, but also the nearby Wendy’s Restaurant and the Safeway shopette adjacent to the fuel pumps.  Surveillance photographs of the suspect vehicle had been obtained and were circulated via the news media in an effort to identify the suspect.

On March 10, 2014, deputies obtained and acted on information which led them to an address on Log Road in eastern El Paso County.  Acting on reliable information, a search warrant was obtained and the safe from the Sonic burglary was recovered and 21 year old Jamie Arguello identified as the suspect.  He was taken into custody and booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center and is held on $10,000 bond for:

Sheriff Maketa Disappointed with Inaccurate reporting by Gazette Reporter Dave Phillips

March 6, 2014 - 5:35pm

In reading today’s Gazette story by Dave Philipps titled, “Sheriff Sets Own Policies,” it’s disappointing that Dave Philipps is either unable or unwilling to deliver a balanced story; a story which provides equal attention to both sides of an issue so the readership can be informed without bias from the author.

On March 4, 2014, I received a request from Dave Phillips for an interview.  Mr. Philipps indicated he was writing a story about, “how, in December, the EPSO policy manual was changed so that it no longer states that the policies apply to all personnel and now states the policies apply to all personnel except the sheriff.”  A lengthy written reply was provided to Mr. Philipps concerning the topic, but like in other recent stories by this same author, he chose to leave out key portions of my statement in an effort to slant the story.  

Sheriff's Office Arranges to Return Stolen Property to Owners

February 28, 2014 - 2:25pm

As part of an ongoing burglary investigation, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has recovered numerous items of stolen property which needs to be returned to the owners. The property is believed to be associated with residential burglaries, commercial burglaries, or vehicle break-ins occurring during the past three months in the Monument and Black Forest areas of unincorporated El Paso County, as well as the Broadmoor and Briargate areas of Colorado Springs.

County Sheriff's of Colorado Scholarship Program - Deadline Extended to March 7th

February 27, 2014 - 2:45pm

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is pleased to announce the County Sheriffs of Colorado, Inc. (CSOC), will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving El Paso County student this spring.

County Sheriffs of Colorado Scholarship Program

February 21, 2014 - 4:30pm

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is pleased to announce the County Sheriffs of Colorado, Inc. (CSOC), will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving El Paso County student this spring.

Sheriff's Office Responds to Black Forest Fire Internal Investigation

February 19, 2014 - 5:20pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has reviewed the executive summary containing the findings of the independent investigator that the Black Forest Fire District Board hired in December 2013 to determine if Black Forest Fire Chief Harvey mismanaged the Black Forest Fire during its early stages. The summary is general in nature and omits many specific times of significant actions and events. The decision to launch such an inquiry rests with the Board and the results are an internal matter surrounding an employee of the Black Forest Fire Department. It is not necessary for the Sheriff’s Office to comment on any employee related decisions the Board may or may not make as a result of the inquiry.

Sheriff's Office Investigates Business Burglaries in Falcon

February 13, 2014 - 12:20pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating burglaries which occurred during the early morning hours of February 12, 2014, at the Sonic Drive-In Restaurant, Wendy’s Restaurant, and Safeway store in Falcon. Based on evidence found at the scenes, the crimes are believed to have been committed by the same suspect(s).

Sheriff's Office Warns of Jury Duty Scam

January 29, 2014 - 3:15pm

On January 28, 2014 the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Esther Drive in the Widefield/Security area regarding an attempted fraud. The victim told the deputy a male suspect had telephoned her and identified himself as Deputy William Hall with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office; the Sheriff’s Office does not have a deputy by that name. The suspect told the victim she had failed to appear for jury duty and now owed $500. The suspect threatened arrest if the fine was not paid.

 

El Paso County Sheriff's Office Arrests Teacher for Sexual Assault on a Child

January 28, 2014 - 4:15pm

The Sheriff’s Office received information on January 19, 2014 from an administrator with the Hanover School District of a possible sexual assault on a child involving a teacher. The offense allegedly occurred at one of the Hanover schools. The information surrounding the allegation of inappropriate contact between a teacher and 13 year old student was initially provided to the deputy assigned as the School Resource Officer who in turn involved detectives from our Investigations Division.

 

El Paso County Sheriff's Office Asks for Help Identifying Robbery Suspect

January 28, 2014 - 9:30am

On January 26, 2014 at 7:40 p.m., the El Paso County Sheriff's Office received a report of an armed robbery at the Loaf N Jug at 6695 Galley Road in Cimarron Hills.

Once on scene, deputies learned the suspect entered the store armed with a handgun and pointed it at the clerk. An unknown amount of money was taken by the suspect and he fled in a newer model light brown SUV, possibly a Toyota 4-Runner. No one was injured.

Secure Pass Prevents Handcuff Key from Being Smuggled Into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center

January 24, 2014 - 5:00pm

On January 24, 2014, The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office charged Andrew Stiern DOB 09/04/1987, with Second Degree Introduction of Contraband a Class 6 Felony and Attempted Escape a Class 5 Felony after he attempted to smuggle a handcuff key into the El Paso Count Criminal Justice Center. Stiern was arrested by the Colorado Springs Police Department on the evening of January 23, 2014 on multiple felony warrants. Stiern is being held at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on a $2,000.00 bond for the Introduction of Contraband and without bond for several of the other felony warrants.

 

El Paso County Sheriff's Office Offers Citizen Emergency Response Training

January 21, 2014 - 11:40am

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating burglaries which occurred during the early morning hours of February 12, 2014, at the Sonic Drive-In Restaurant, Wendy’s Restaurant, and Safeway store in Falcon. Based on evidence found at the scenes, the crimes are believed to have been committed by the same suspect(s).

Volunteer Emergency Call Takers Needed

January 8, 2014 - 2:30pm

Pikes Peak United Way 211, the City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office have come together to enhance communication with the public during an emergency and are seeking volunteer call-takers.

Sheriff Maketa Releases Black Forest Fire Dispatch Timeline

January 6, 2014 - 11:55am

Over the past several weeks, there has been controversy surrounding the Black Forest Fire. The controversy began when Black Forest Fire Chief Bob Harvey offered comments to his fire board and the media that the fire was likely intentionally set. Since then, and due to a proposed timeline offered by the Black Forest Fire District/Rescue District in a media release dated December 10, 2013, questions have been raised concerning the timeline of various aspects of the fire.

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