Crime/Courts

Vallejos to stand trial on sex assault charges

By Renee Rinehart (Published: March 23, 2017) Kevin Vallejos, 47, former Huerfano County Sheriff’s Captain, will go to trial on charges of felony child sex assault in September after rejecting a plea agreement. Vallejos was set to appear in court last Friday to accept a plea agreement offered by special prosecutors Jim Bullock and Jack Roth, or go to trial. Vallejos rejected the plea deal and opted for a jury trial in Huerfano County District…

Prisoner makes brazen escape from Huerfano County jail

(Published: March 9, 2017) A brazen escape led to a quick capture of an inmate at the Huerfano County Jail on Friday night. Sheriff Bruce Newman said inmate Randy Roybal, 25, saw an opportunity to escape from the recreation yard at about 8 p.m., and went for it. He climbed two chain link fences and two razor wire fences before making a run for it through the City of Walsenburg. Newman said six officers were…

Vallejos offered plea agreement on child sex charges

(Published: Feb. 16, 2017) Former Huerfano County Sheriff Captain Kevin Vallejos is set for court on March 17 to enter a plea on charges of felony child sex assault dating back to 1998. Vallejos was offered a plea agreement last Friday morning, before his case was scheduled in court. The hearing was held with Vallejos, his attorneys, special prosecutors and a special judge on the telephone. Defense attorney Ted McClintock asked the court for time…

Armed robbers hit 7-11 in Walsenburg last week

By Cathy Mullens–(Published: Feb. 2, 2017)  Two armed men in ski masks and gloves escaped with money from the register last Wednesday just before midnight at the 7-11 in Walsenburg. According to reports by the HCSO, the pair left the area on foot and no one in the convenience store, located on W. Seventh St., was injured. The pair was captured on video tape but there is not much identifying information at this time. Sheriff’s…

Sheriff finds transition moving slowly but no bumps in the road

By Cathy Mullens–(Published: Jan. 26, 2017)  Sheriff Bruce Newman says the transition after taking over operations for the Walsenburg Police Dept. has been even better than he expected. Since Jan. 1, when the Sheriff’s Office officially took over law enforcement duties in the city of Walsenburg, the sheriff says over 20 arrests were made in the first two weeks. He doesn’t yet have the numbers on the calls for service from the city but says…

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