Crime/Courts

Two men stabbed in La Veta on Saturday night

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: August 31, 2017) Sirens broke the silence Saturday evening around 10:30 p.m. as two bloody men were discovered lying on the floor of a house on Virginia St. Marshal Harold Willburn told The Signature Newspaper both men, Marlin Crockett and Mike Williams, suffered life threatening knife wounds. They were transported to Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center by ambulance and Williams was sent Flight for Life to Parkview in Pueblo for further…

District Attorney wants more taxpayer funding for budget

By David Rinehart –(Published: July 27, 2017) Third Judicial District Attorney Henry Solano wants taxpayers in both Huerfano and Las Animas counties to pay more sales tax – with the revenue earmarked for the District Attorney’s office. Solano came to the Huerfano Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting Tuesday to ask the BOCC to notify the County Clerk’s office that there may be a ballot issue for this November’s ballot. The deadline for the notification…

DA calls in federal reinforcements

By Renee Rinehart –(Published: June 29, 2017) Henry Solano, District Attorney for the Third Judicial District, called in federal reinforcements to help combat crime in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties. At a public meeting in Walsenburg Monday night Solano introduced U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and a team from various agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Postal Service and treatment centers to the members of the public and elected officials in…

Local man is arrested for illegal marijuana growing operation

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: June 15, 2017) A man wanted in connection with an illegal marijuana growing operation in La Veta has been arrested on felony charges and is due back in court later this month. Charles “Spike” Sturgeon, 39, is charged with Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana after the La Veta Marshal found 36 live marijuana plants and 3.8 pounds of marijuana at a W. Francisco St. house in La Veta on May 23. The…

Convicted felon is arrested for murder after shooting his cousin

By Cathy Mullens –(Published: June 8, 2017) A convicted felon shot and killed his cousin Tuesday afternoon in Toltec, a former mining camp just north of Walsenburg near Highway 69. Victor Salazar, 38, shot and killed Steve Salazar, 41 at a home on County Road 590, according to Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman. “The shooting occurred at 4:16 p.m. and we had him in custody by 5:30 p.m.” Newman told The Signature. Steve Salazar was…

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