Otero County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Otero County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 222 E 2nd St, La Junta, 81050 CO
  • Chief:
Phone: 719-384-5941

Otero County Sheriff's Office is located at 222 E 2nd St, La Junta, 81050 CO. The Otero County Sheriff's Office phone number is 719-384-5941.

Otero County Sheriff's Office News

The Otero County Sheriff's Office is seeking Floyd Kerr for Victim Intimidation and Stalking. If you may know if his whereabouts, please contact the Otero County Sheriff's Office at (719) 384-5941, or your local law enforcement agency. *All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*

Otero County Sheriffs Office and Colorado State Patrol responded to the Plaza in Rocky Ford, to assist the Rocky Ford Police Department in apprehending Rae Lynn Lewis on numerous Felony warrants. RFPD Officers located her inside Apartment #64 and took her into custody without incident.

ROAD CLOSURE - CR 32 at JJ.5 & KK (Cheraw) due to damage from last night's flooding. Hope to have it re-opened by Friday.

Otero County Road & Bridge has placed sand and sand bags at the lot at 3rd Street & Lawrence Avenue in La Junta. Please bring you own shovel.

July 20, 2018 Manzanola, CO At approximately 11:45 PM, the Pueblo Police Department responded to the area of the 26000 Block of Highway 96, in Pueblo County on a report of a possible shooting. Officers located two males inside the vehicle on the roadside, who stated one of them had been shot and stabbed in the Manzanola area. The victim, who is a resident of Pueblo, was transported to Parkview Hospital for treatment. The Otero County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation of the scene, and speaking to witnesses. A suspect has not yet been identified. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone that may have information related to this incident to please contact the Otero County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 384-5941. As this is a continuing investigation, no further details are being released at this time.

OCSO Deputies and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are currently working the scene and speaking to witnesses. If anyone has any information on the incident last night in Manzanola, please contact the Otero County Sheriff's Office at (719) 384-5941

WANTED: RAE LYNN LEWIS by Otero County Sheriff's Office, Rocky Ford Police Department, and FBI Safe Streets Task Force . She is wanted on 8 FELONY Warrants for Burglary, Trespassing, Identity Theft, and other crimes. She is 38, approximately 5'7", 200 pounds (May be less now due to drug abuse), Brown Eyes, Unknown hair color (Often wears wigs). IF you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact Otero County Sheriff's Office, Rocky Ford Police Department, or your local law enforcement agency.

The Otero County Sheriff's Office is looking for Brian Munson of La Junta for ARSON charges. If you know his whereabouts, please contact the Otero County Sheriff's Office immediately at (719) 384-5941, or your local Law Enforcement agency.

Otero County Chip Seal Project for District 3 Town of Fowler - July 10th County Roads July 11th - 17th RD. JJ.5 FROM RD 6 TO RD 6.5 RD 7 FROM HWY. 50 TO RD KK RD 8 FROM HWY 50 TO RD KK RD 6.5 FROM RD KK TO RD JJ.5 RD 9.5 FROM HWY 50 TO END RD 9 FROM HWY 50 TO RD KK RD KK FROM RD 9 TO RD 6.5 Be cautious! Motorists need to exercise caution when traveling through work zones to minimize flying rock or loss of vehicle control until loose aggregate is removed. Roadways with regulated speeds of greater than 30 MPH are typically signed with the following, “reduced travel speeds (<25 MPH,” “no passing”, “loose gravel”, and “motorcycles use caution”. Motorists must follow speed reduction sign, maintain suitable following distances, minimize abrupt braking, and refrain from spinning tires.

Aside from the Municipal Fireworks shows in La Junta and Rocky Ford, Fireworks are banned under the Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. This means that no sales are permitted for any kind of fireworks, and that Law Enforcement will be enforcing this. Violations will be cited into Otero County Court, and depending on the severity, may be extremely costly. It's just not worth the risk. A violation of the Fire Ban by using fireworks will earn a citation under the County Ordinance 2008-001 charged under C.R.S. 30-15-402(1) with a potential fine of up to $1,000. Additionally, for use of illegal fireworks anywhere in the State of Colorado, a citation under C.R.S. 24-33.5-2002(5) "it shall be unlawful for any person to possess or discharge any fireworks, other than permissible fireworks, anywhere in this state." If a fire is started because of the illegal fireworks, 4th Degree Arson may also be charged, which may be a Misdemeanor or a Felony, depending on the damage/injury. Depending on the circumstances, a violator may be charges with ALL of the Above... I do not speak for the municipal police agencies, however, the Otero County Sheriff's Office will be taking these violations seriously.

The following is a Press Release regarding the Fire Ban in Otero County: (Also attached is a copy of the County Ordinance for reference) “June 18, 2018 – La Junta, CO Otero County Sheriff Shawn Mobley is announcing that after meeting with the Fire Chiefs throughout Otero County, Otero County Emergency Manager Danny Chavez, The Otero County Board of County Commissioners, and US Forest Service last week, Otero County will enter a STAGE 2 Fire Ban Effective Immediately. The lower 2/3 of the State of Colorado is currently under fire restrictions, and the Southeast Region of Colorado is under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. Otero County is the last to go to restrictions, however based on the extreme level of drought, extreme dry conditions, and serious lack of moisture, the safe and responsible thing to do is to enact these restrictions. It has been 10 years since conditions have been this dire, and a burn ban was put into effect. Sheriff Mobley states that should the moisture levels change, we would revisit the level of restrictions, and make adjustments or remove the ban if conditions allow. Per Otero County Ordinance #2008-001 A STAGE 2 Restriction Prohibits the following: (1) All open burning as defined, other than those exceptions/exemptions as noted below (2) The sale or use of fireworks pursuant to Section 30-15-401(1)(n.5) Colorado Revised Statutes (3) Outdoor smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while in an area of at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials (4) Operating or using any internal combustion engine is not permitted on public lands without a spark-arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either: (a) Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service standard 5100-1a (b) Appropriate (SAE) recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a) (5) Welding or operating acetylene or other similar torch with open flame unless said work is performed in an area at least 30 feet in diameter that is clear of flammable vegetation and unless the worker has ready access to fire extinguisher or water supply to suppress any fire that results from the welding operation. Exemptions are as follows: (1) Commercial or Community Fireworks displays properly permitted (2) Fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves (3) Indoor fireplaces and wood-burning stoves (4) Burning of irrigation ditches in the designated areas is prohibited by this ordinance EXCEPT for ditches located within and completely surrounded by irrigated farmlands where such burning is necessary for crop survival AND specific written permit has been granted by the Otero County Sheriff or his Designee or the Fire Chief of any Fire Protection District for all areas within the official boundaries or their jurisdiction. (5) Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission (6) Any Federal, State, or Local law enforcement officer or member or an organized rescue or firefighting agency in the performance of their official duty (7) Any further exemptions to either the meaning of terms or the enforcement of this ordinance shall be granted only by the Sheriff or Sheriff’s designee or for exceptions upon or within State or Federal lands located within Otero County by the administering State or Federal agency, and only if the action is deemed by the Otero County Sheriff or the Sheriff’s designee, to se safe and mitigable. Enforcement: This ordinance shall be enforced by the Sheriff, through his deputies, and/or any peace officer in and for the State of Colorado as described in section 16-2.5-101, C.R.S. and they shall have the authority to order any person to immediately cease any violation of this Ordinance. This authority shall include , but not be limited to, the right to issue a penalty assessment notice and the right to take such person or persons into temporary custody. Violations: Any person who violates this ordinance from the effective date of June 18, 2018 and including the day prior to suspension or rescission or this Ordinance commits a Class 2 Petty Offense under Section 30-15-402(1) C.R.S. and upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 for each separate offense plus any surcharge required by law under Section 30-15-402(2) C.R.S. as well as any Court Security Fee. Law Enforcement in the Valley is expected to be less lenient with violations of the Fire Ban and Fireworks violations. Anyone who causes a fire may also be charged with 4th Degree Arson. The recent fire at Highway 10 and County Road 27 in La Junta, in which a number of homes and businesses were evacuated, was a clear example of how dry Otero County is, and with the combination of a great fire response and a bit of luck, avoided any casualties. Please be responsible with fire this Summer, not just for you and your families, but for your neighbors as well.”

The Otero County Sheriff's Office would like to thank our local Fire Departments (La Junta, Rocky Ford, and Cheraw) for their help in fighting today's fire on Highway 10 and Road 27. I'd also like to thank my Deputies, Colorado State Patrol, CDOT, Otero County and Bent County Emergency Managers, and a number of residents who live in the area for their help and hard work in fighting today's fire. Several residences and a couple of businesses were evacuated, and we are thankful no one was hurt. The cause of the fire was determined to be from a defective vehicle, the vehicle was located, operator identified, and criminal charges will be filed in this investigation.

Take The Pledge with Colorado State Patrol and the Otero County Sheriffs office. See you at Wendy’s June 28th from 5-8pm. Buckle up every time every passenger. Have a safe week!! #takethepledge #stopthereaper

Trinitiy Denton 13, was last seen leaving her residence in North La Junta at about 10 pm, after being involved in a verbal argument with her mother. She is described as 5'3" 140 pounds brown hair with blue highlights, has a scar on her chest. She was last wearing a burgundy leggings, black T-shirt with Marliyn Monroe picture on T-shirt. Her biological father lives in Pueblo, but it is unknown where she is heading. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Otero County Sheriff's Office at (719) 384-5941 or local law enforcement. Thank you.

Earlier today, Deptuy Samantha Wheaton was presented a Commendation for outstanding work with school kids recently, going above and beyond with a large group of children from CDS. She answered their questions, showed them her gear, and vehicle and how all he cool stuff works on the car. "She made the kids day. A huge Thank you from all of us at Rocky Ford CDS to Deputy Sam." from some of the staff. The Sheriff really likes seeing our Deputies use what precious little patrol time we have to make a positive impact, especially on our Youth. Nice work, Sam!

SGT Randy Garret of the Otero County Sheriff’s Office and Jamie Graham of Cheraw were given the Lifesaving Award for an incident occurring on the evening of March 8th, in which Jamie’s Father was severely injured in an accident with a chainsaw. Quick action and calm under pressure saved a life that evening, with the application of tourniquets and quick response from Care Connect Air Ambulance. Hearing about the incident from Undersheriff Matt Wallace, who also responded to the scene, Sheriff Mobley was impressed with the actions and bravery of this young Man who helped save his Father’s life and presented the Agency’s Lifesaving award, and Challenge Coin for Outstanding Service, which are extremely hard to earn. “I am proud to have such a great team of Deputies serving Otero County, and am so glad to know that we have very courageous citizens in our communities.” Jamie commented to Sheriff Mobley about wanting to be a paramedic, and I believe this young man definitely has the skills! Congratulations, Gentlemen.

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Otero County Sheriffs Department has an opening for Detention Deputy. This position is full time. Minimum requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen; at least 21 years of age; High school graduate or G.E.D.; possess and maintain a valid Colorado Drivers License; have ability to perform under stress; have ability to pass various qualifying exams and intensive background investigations; have ability to pass drug screen and medical exams; have no convictions for felonies or crimes of moral turpitude. Females encouraged to apply. Starting salary $2778 - $2925 per month for Detention Deputy. Apply at the Otero County Sheriff’s Office, 222 E. Second Street, La Junta, CO 81050. Open until filled. E.O.E.

Quick Shout Out for the Students and Staff at Swink School thanking them for the cards and cookies. You really made our day!! Thank you all so much!

May 1st is Silver Star Service Banner Day... Silver Star shining for sacrifice, honoring wounded, ill and dying members of our Armed Forces, and bringing remembrance to those so deserving of our thanks. We will never forget . . . WELCOME HOME!

On Wednesday, April 18, the Otero County Sheriff's Office, assisted by Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Deputies and the Pueblo Regional Bomb Team, conducted a narcotics operation in the Rocky Ford area. This was part of an ongoing investigation with links to surrounding counties as well. Street value of the seized narcotics were approximately $177,000.00. Sheriff Mobley would like to thank the PCSO, Pueblo Bomb Team, Otero County Road and Bridge and the OCSO Deputies who were a part of this successful operation. The investigation continues and no additional information will be available at this time.

From Sharon Sisnroy -- Please share and help me spread the word. The County Clerk's office will be closed on Friday, April 20 to move back to our office in the courthouse. We will be open Monday the 23rd at room 210, Courthouse. Thank you for your patience. Sharon Sisnroy Otero County Clerk.