Crime/Courts

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…

Burglars strike county gravel pit operation, take copper and equipment

By David Rinehart –(Published: May 18, 2017) Approving up to $14,257 for electrical repairs, and preparing for thousands more for equipment replacement, the Board of Huerfano County Commissioners (BOCC) reported the county’s equipment at the City Ranch Pit, east of Walsenburg, was burglarized a couple of weeks ago. According to County Administrator John Galusha the vandals stole a welder and trailer, copper cable, tools and repair parts. The county can perform some of the work,…

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…

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