Dates: April 15, 2018 – April 28, 2018

INFORMATION: Numerous parties in the Valley have been contacted by a person claiming to be working for Black Hills Energy. The person states that a gas bill is due and the gas will be shut off to the residence/business if a certain amount of money is not immediately paid. Please be aware that Black Hills Energy will not contact anyone requesting payment with the threat that gas will be shut off immediately. Black Hills Energy notifies customers by electronic message with a pin number enabling you to access your account to arrange payment.

For those who don’t already know, the Bent County Sheriff’s Office has an anonymous tip line for the smart phone. On your phone, open up your APPS store and download the BCSOTips application. When you use the tip line, your phone number will be replaced with a user number that allows deputies to interact with you without them knowing your identity.

During the week of April 15, 2018 through April 28, 2018, the Bent County Sheriff’s Office received these calls for service:

04/15/2018

Deputies were dispatched to the 10300 block of County Road HH.5 in Bent County for a report of a burglary. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and took a report. This case is under investigation.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 50, mile marker 397, in Las Animas, and arrested Dawn Medina, age 39, of Pueblo, for driving under the influence of drugs.

04/16/2018

Deputies were dispatched to the 1200 block of 5th Street in Las Animas for a report of a burglary. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and took a report. This case is under investigation.

04/17/2018

Deputies were dispatched to the 700 block of Carson Avenue in Las Animas for a report of theft. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the parties involved, and took a report because the victim decided not to cooperate.

Deputies were dispatched to the Bent County Jail for a report of a custody incident. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the parties involved, and charged Kenneth O’Connor, age 45, of Las Animas, for introduction of contraband and tampering with evidence.

Deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of Grand Avenue in Las Animas for a report of a theft. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and entered the stolen tab from the license plate into the CCIC/NCIC database.

Deputies were dispatched to the 700 block of 5th Street in Las Animas for a report of a burglary. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and took a report. This case is under investigation.

Deputies were dispatched to 2nd Street and Carson Avenue in Las Animas for a report of a traffic problem. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and took a report. This case is under investigation.

Deputies were dispatched to the Bent County Jail for a report of a controlled substance. Deputies arrived on scene and charged Brandon Beckham, age 28, of Las Animas, for introduction of contraband.

Deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of 2nd Street in Las Animas for a report of a disturbance. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the parties involved, and cited Clayton Spano, age 40, of Las Animas, for the second time for noise prohibited (barking dog).

04/18/2018

Deputies were contacted by a party who arrived at the Sheriff’s Office in regard to a burglary. Deputies took a report; however, the victim was uncooperative.

Deputies were dispatched to the 50 block of Wampum Street in Caddoa for a report of theft. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the parties involved, and took a report. This case is under investigation.

04/19/2018

Deputies were dispatched to the 400 block of Ambassador Thompson Boulevard for a report of theft. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and took a report. This case is under investigation.

Deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of North Bent Avenue for a report of an assault. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the parties involved, and arrested Thomas Molina, age 52, of Las Animas, for felony menacing, obstruction of telephone service, harassment, and domestic violence.

Deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of Garfield Avenue in Las Animas for a report of harassment. Deputies arrived on scene and took a report, as no further action was needed.

Deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Locust Avenue in Las Animas for a report of burglary. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and took a report. Two warrants were issued for the suspects involved in this situation.

Deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Bent Avenue in Las Animas for a report of theft. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and took a report. This case is under investigation.

04/20/2018

Deputies were dispatched to the 1800 block of Ambassador Thompson Boulevard in Las Animas for a report of a domestic problem. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and took a report. A warrant has been issued for the suspect.

04/21/2018

Deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of Grove Avenue in Las Animas for a report of theft. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and took a report on the theft of a bicycle. This case is under investigation.

Deputies were contacted in regards to a sexual assault. Deputies have taken a report and this case is under investigation.

04/22/2018

Deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of Moore Avenue in Las Animas for a report of an unwanted party. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the parties involved, and arrested Scott O’Grady, age 57, of Las Animas for violation of protection order and domestic violence.

Deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of 5th Street in Las Animas for a domestic problem. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the parties involved, and arrested Sherrye Mietz, age 55, of Las Animas, for harassment and domestic violence.

04/23/2018

Deputies were dispatched to the 800 block of Ambassador Thompson Boulevard in Las Animas for a report of theft. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and took a report. This case is under investigation.

04/24/2018

Deputies were dispatched to the 400 block of Ambassador Thompson Boulevard in Las Animas for a report of theft. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and took a report. This case is under investigation.

04/26/2018

Deputies were dispatched to the 400 block of Lois Avenue in Las Animas for a report of a sexual assault. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and took a report. This case is under investigation.

Deputies were dispatched to a traffic accident at 11th Street and Locust Avenue in Las Animas. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the parties involved, and took a report.

04/27/2018

Deputies were contacted by a party in regard to harassment. Deputies took a report on the juvenile issues. No charges have been filed at this time.

04/28/2018

Deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Elm Avenue in Las Animas for a report of child abuse. Deputies arrived on scene, spoke to the reporting party, and took a report. This case is under investigation.

All parties are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, as charges may be altered and plea bargains may be taken into consideration.

Anyone with information on these or any other crimes are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement agency.