Chaffee County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Chaffee County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 641 West 3rd Street, Salida, 81201 CO
  • Chief:
Phone: 719-539-2596
Fax: 719-539-1077

Chaffee County Sheriff's Office is located at 641 West 3rd Street, Salida, 81201 CO. The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office phone number is 719-539-2596.

Chaffee County Sheriff's Office News

STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS BEGIN TODAY, MAY 30, 2018 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Due to dry conditions that are becoming prevalent throughout Chaffee County, the continued dry weather predicted for our region and diminishing fire resources Sheriff John Spezze has ordered that Chaffee County will enter STAGE 1 Fire Restrictions effective Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit building, maintaining or attending any open fire. Excluded from Stage 1 fire restrictions, therefore still allowed in this stage are: *Campfires within a permanent constructed ring or fire grate, 3 feet in diameter maximum, in a developed public campground, public picnic ground, commercial campground, or on private property. An example of a permanently constructed ring would be a cement ring that is not movable. Rocks lining a fire pit are not considered permanent and therefore in violation. *LP gas or liquid fueled stoves that allow the operator to turn the appliance on or off. *Fireplaces within enclosed buildings equipped with fire screens on the flue. *Charcoal grill fires at private residences. This fire ban also includes the burning of debris piles, slash piles, ditches and agricultural lands. This fire ban applies to all unincorporated areas within Chaffee County, including public lands, private lands and state lands. Our federal partners, the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM are already in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions which encompass all federal lands within the Salida Ranger District. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office will be strictly enforcing this fire restriction in the interest of public safety for both our county residents and visitors as well. For more information please contact Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze at 719-539-2596.

STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS EFFECTIVE MAY 30, 2018 Due to dry conditions that are becoming prevalent throughout Chaffee County, the continued dry weather predicted for our region and diminishing fire resources Sheriff John Spezze has ordered that Chaffee County will enter STAGE 1 Fire Restrictions effective Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit building, maintaining or attending any open fire. Excluded from Stage 1 fire restrictions, therefore still allowed in this stage are: *Campfires within a permanent constructed ring or fire grate, 3 feet in diameter maximum, in a developed public campground, public picnic ground, commercial campground, or on private property. An example of a permanently constructed ring would be a cement ring that is not movable. Rocks lining a fire pit are not considered permanent and therefore in violation. *LP gas or liquid fueled stoves that allow the operator to turn the appliance on or off. *Fireplaces within enclosed buildings equipped with fire screens on the flue. *Charcoal grill fires at private residences. This fire ban also includes the burning of debris piles, slash piles, ditches and agricultural lands. This fire ban applies to all unincorporated areas within Chaffee County, including public lands, private lands and state lands. Our federal partners, the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM are already in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions which encompass all federal lands within the Salida Ranger District. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office will be strictly enforcing this fire restriction in the interest of public safety for both our county residents and visitors as well. For more information please contact Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze at 719-539-2596.

Monday, May 28, 2018 RED FLAG WARNING FOR CHAFFEE COUNTY. NO OPEN FIRES ALLOWED TODAY!!!

5/27/2018 RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT ON SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018 NO OPEN FIRES ALLOWED IN CHAFFEE COUNTY! Warning is for gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels in effect

5/26/2018 RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT ON SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018 NO OPEN FIRES ALLOWED IN CHAFFEE COUNTY! Warning is for gusty winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels in effect from noon to 9pm mdt Saturday. 5/27/2018 A FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR Gusty Winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels in effect from Sunday morning through Sunday evening.

CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Salida, Colorado PRESS RELEASE May 24, 2018 On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Special Agent in Charge Jodi Wright of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation contacted Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze in regards to the Stephen Hall criminal history audit. You will recall that on Friday, May 18, Sheriff John Spezze became aware that accusations were made on Stephen Hall’s campaign Facebook page alleging that an illegal criminal history had been run on Stephen Hall by fellow officers, possibly employees of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and that Sheriff John Spezze could have had knowledge of such and may have participated. This information came to light after information was disclosed that Stephen Hall had been arrested twice for DUI. Sheriff Spezze immediately contacted CBI and requested that an audit of CCIC be performed to determine if anyone in the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office had requested a criminal history. This audit would include Sheriff John Spezze. On Wednesday, May 23rd, SAC Jodi Wright confirmed to Sheriff Spezze that the audit of the statewide CCIC system, including Chaffee County, had been performed and the results were negative. She stated that the audit showed that no criminal history had been run on Stephen Hall utilizing CCIC which is maintained by CBI. For more information contact Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze at 719-539-2596.

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office participated in the Touch A Truck held Sunday, May 20th. Children were able to sit in the patrol vehicle and were thrilled to try out the sirens! This is just one of the many ways in which the Sheriff’s Office interacts with the youth of the community in a positive way.

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CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Salida, Colorado PRESS RELEASE May 19, 2018 On May 18, 2018 I became aware through social media that persons were making accusations that members of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office had possibly requested a criminal arrest record of Stephen Hall through CBI, CCIC, and that I also either participated or had knowledge of this illegal action. Upon hearing of these accusations I immediately contacted the Special Agent in Charge of CBI in Pueblo. I requested that an audit be performed of any criminal history requests of Stephen Hall that could possibly have been run through any of the CCIC terminals maintained by the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office. If any questionable activity is discovered in regards to this matter I will then contact an outside law enforcement agency to investigate any possible wrongdoing and all information will be turned over to the district attorney’s office. I will keep the public informed in regards to this matter as it is extremely important to maintain the integrity of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office. John A. Spezze Sheriff Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office

Very worthwhile informational presentation PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES. Thursday, May 31st at 10am or 6pm @ the Chaffee County Fairgrounds. Plan on attending!!

MICHAEL FEATHER AWARED COUNTY SHERIFFS OF COLORADO SCHOLARSHIP Salida High School senior, Michael Feather was awarded a $500 scholarship from the County Sheriffs of Colorado. The organization awarded 31 scholarships statewide to students who were selected based on “leadership skills, merit, character, involvement, purpose and need,” Sheriff John Spezze said. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office participates in the scholarship program every year and this year had five applicants. Winners are selected by a citizens committee in each county. Applicants are required to live full time in Colorado and plan on attending a Colorado university, college or trade school. Feather will use the money to help pay for studies at Metropolitan State University in Denver, where he wants to get his degree in aviation with hopes of becoming a commercial pilot. Feather plans on attending ATP Flight School in Denver for certification as a commercial pilot. County Sheriffs of Colorado has offered the scholarship program for 39 years, and funds come from donations from individuals and businesses.

Red Flag Warning for Thursday, May 10, 11, 12. No open burning is allowed in Chaffee County!

SHERIFF PARTNERSHIP TO PURCHASE CHILD SAFETY ITEMS FOR LOCAL YOUTH Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze recently partnered with the National Child Safety Council in a community fund drive so child safety items could be purchased to help educate local youth on safety. Over the past several months the National child Safety Council contacted Salida’s local businesses throughout the county soliciting for donations on behalf of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Spezze stated the council told him it was one of the best turnouts they’d ever seen. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office received $4,600 in donations through the partnership. With the exception of mailing costs, 94 percent of the funds collected are returned to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office. The money will be spent on education items related to child safety such as reminder stickers, pamphlets and other items that can be distributed to kids by sheriff personnel at local schools, events and even on daily patrols. The endeavor is aimed at child safety and improving the relationship between members of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Offic e and local youth. Child safety is a top priority of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office as is a strong relationship with our youth. Sheriff Spezze wants to personally thank all the County’s merchants and businesses for their generous donations. Sheriff Spezze stated the amount of funds far surpassed his expectation when joining this partnership. This type of generosity clearly demonstrates the excellent relationship shared between the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and our community.

This is a FREE informative event! Plan on attending!

RED FLAG WARNING THURSDAY, APRIL 19th NO OPEN BURNING OF ANY KIND IN CHAFFEE COUNTY!

As of April 17, 2018 NO OPEN BURNING OF REFUSE OR TRASH, DEBRIS OR DITCHES. HIGH WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Salida, Colorado PRESS RELEASE April 15, 2018 On Friday, April 6, 2018, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office received information that inmates housed in the Chaffee County Detention Facility were actively trying to tunnel out of one of the housing pods within the detention facility. This information was brought to Sheriff John Spezze and a plan was immediately devised to enter the jail and investigate the information. Members of the detention staff along with patrol personnel as well as tac team members entered the jail. During the investigation damage was discovered and contraband was discovered that was being used to cause the damage. On April 14, 2018 Chaffee County Detective Robin Burgess issued arrest warrants for six inmates housed in the Chaffee County Detention Facility at the time the damage was discovered. Five of the inmates were charged with Attempted Escape, a class 5 felony, and Criminal Mischief, a class 5 felony. One inmate was charged with attempted escape which was a misdemeanor. The inmates charged with the felony charges were identified as: Vincent M Mcdermott, age 27 Dwayne A Miller, age 23 Enrique H Parra Jr, age 37 Darek J Ordaz, age 38 Mathew T Porter, age 29 The inmate charged with misdemeanor charges was identified as: David R Bernal, age 38. All inmates remain in the Chaffee County Detention Facility. Damages to the detention facility were estimated at $14,000.00 For more information please contact Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze.

A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE From the Chaffee County Office of Emergency Management: Gas Leak Update Atmos and Xcel energy will be working through the night to restore gas service throughout the Salida and Poncha Springs area. As part of this effort there will be a need for these companies to access your gas meter. Both companies will do their best to alert homeowners if they see signs of residents being awake, but if they see no signs of anyone home or awake they will be accessing your yard to work on your gas meter. Atmos energy has already repaired the gas line break and has started purging their lines in salida. Residents who live near these purge stations may hear some hissing and smell natural gas. This is a normal part of the process so please do not call 911 to report this. This is a major step in the restoration of service so please be patient as these companies work to restore gas service throughout the area.

From the Chaffee County Office of Emergency Management: Gas leak Update Atmos and Xcel Energy are starting to purge the main lines in Salida. This is great news as it is a step towards restoring service. As a side effect residents close to the purge sites might here a loud hissing noise and smell gas at times. This is a completely natural part of the process. Please do not call 911 unless you truly feel like you have an emergency.

The RED FLAG WARNING CONTINUES THRU FRIDAY, APRIL 13! NO OPEN BURNING OF ANY KIND! A RED FLAG WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR CHAFFEE COUNTY FROM 5:00pm today, Tuesday April 10, 2018 THRU Thursday April 12, 2018. NO OPEN BURNING ALLOWED! Relative humidity is between 9-12% with wind gusts 35mph. REPORT ANY SIGN OF SMOKE OR FLAMES IMMEDIATELY BY CALLING 911. The National WeatherService advises: High Fire Danger Critical fire weather conditions will spread across much of southern Colorado Wednesday and Thursday as strong winds move into the region. Please avoid any activities that could start a wildfire.

CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Salida, Colorado PRESS RELEASE April 9, 2018 On April 7, 2018 the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office received information that several inmates were planning an escape from the Chaffee County Detention Facility. Further investigation revealed that the inmates planned their escape to take place over the same weekend by use of a tunneling system that they had reportedly dug at the detention facility. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office acted immediately after receiving this information. Additional staff was called in along with the Chaffee County/Salida Tac Team. Inmates within the detention Facility were placed on lock-down and a search of the jail was performed. Upon doing this search it was discovered that an attempt was being made to remove part of the ventilation system causing a large amount of damage to an isolated pod within the jail. By acting immediately and by way of discovering this damage a possible escape was thwarted by inmates housed in this pod. An investigation into this attempt continues and possible escape charges could be forthcoming. For more information please contact Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze at 719-539-2596.

This week is National Dispatcher's/Telecommunicators Week. Congrats to all the dispatchers out there, you are heroes to a lot of people. Darrell Pratt, Jet Stephens, Marlis Davisson, Bill Dyer, Cassie Perrin, Kristine Bainbridge, Jen Harris, Marcie Contreras, Lynn Moore, thank you for the job you do, it is a pleasure working with you all. YOU ROCK. The dispatchers are the true first responders, we may not be by your side, but we are your lifeline to getting the responders to you. Thank you Annette Stolba Communications Manager Chaffee County Sheriff's Office

Chaffee County is under a high wind advisory today, April 4th, 2018. Therefore, No open burning will be allowed.

CHAFFEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Salida, Colorado PRESS RELEASE April 3, 2018 On April 3, 2018, Easter Sunday, a fire started west of Buena Vista. The fire was being fanned by strong winds and was travelling in the direction of homes south of the origin of the fire. It became necessary to issue an evacuation warning for numerous residents south of the fire so an evacuation order was issued by Sheriff John Spezze utilizing our Everbridge, reverse 911, notification system. In any situation where it is imperative to notify numerous people in a timely manner the Chaffee County Communications Center will always first utilize our Everbridge system by way of a reverse 911 call. This will always be our primary source of notification. We will always utilize other sources of information, ie local radio, social media and our web page however Everbridge is our first and primary source of notification. With this in mind it is imperative that all permanent and part time residents register their cell phones with the Everbridge system. We automatically register hard line phones but cell phones have to be registered by the owner. Therefore I am asking that all residents of Chaffee County, whether you are a full time or part time, to please register your cell phone with our Everbridge system. You can accomplish registration by going to chaffeesheriff.org/communication/everbridge. Click on Everbridge and register your phone. If you have any questions or need help registering with Everbridge please contact Chaffee County Dispatch at 719-539-2596.