Lamar Police Department

  • Agency: Lamar Police Department
  • Address: 505 S Main St #1, Lamar, 81052 CO
  • Chief: Brian Phillips (Chief of Police)

Lamar Police Department is located at 505 S Main St #1, Lamar, 81052 CO. The Chief of Police of the department is Brian Phillips. The Lamar Police Department phone number is 719-336-3984.

Lamar Police Department News

During the past week, officers from the Lamar Police Department have executed multiple search warrants in relation to the distribution and possession of illegal narcotics. During the course of the investigations, officers have seized heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription medications. Officers made multiple arrests during the course of the investigations. Kyle Monson, 25, of Lamar was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute a schedule I controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and other related charges. Mr. Monson was held on $75,000.00 bond. Amber Russell, 37, of Lamar was arrested for distribution of marijuana to a minor, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of marijuana. Ms. Russell was held on a $75,000 bond. Casey Gehrer, 38, of Lamar was arrested for possession with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and related charges. Mr. Gehrer was held on $75,000.00 bond. Additional arrests are expected in the cases. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 27, 2018. This is an opportunity to get rid of prescription medications that are no longer needed.

The Citizen's Academy starts in 3 days! If you are interested in attending, please stop by the police department and pick up an application.

The Lamar Police Department's 2018 Citizen's Academy begins on September 27, 2018. ABOUT THE CITIZEN’S ACADEMY: The academy is designed to provide community members with an inside look at local law enforcement. While attending the academy, students will be introduced to a variety of topics as described in the curriculum outline. The seven week academy program is designed to give citizens an overview of first responders function and operational procedures. The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional police academy; however, the weekly lessons are not designed to train the participants to be police officers. Academy classes will be taught by police executives and veteran officers. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with local first responders and staff members. They are encouraged to ask questions and express ideas and concerns. Selection Procedure & Requirements: Citizen Police Academy participants are selected by the Chief of Police through an application process. Applications are available from the Lamar Police Department. Enrollment is limited to approximately 20 students per academy class. Potential candidates for the Citizen Police Academy must meet the following criteria: Minimum age of 18 years Live or work in the Lamar area No felony convictions No misdemeanor convictions within one year of application Must submit to a background investigation

The National Night Out event is going as planned. The sloppy Joe super will start at 6:00, ice cream social sponsored by the Chamber at 6:30, free swimming at 7:00. Hope to see you there for a great event.

Due to the potential for inclement weather this evening, the Lamar School District has offered the High School commons and auditorium for the National Night Out festivities. If the weather turns stormy the event will be relocated to the Lamar High School, 1900 S 11th Street where we will have the Sloppy Joe Dinner, followed by the movie “COCO”. The police department will keep everybody up to date if the location changes.

As a result of the search warrants executed on July 17, 2018, several arrest warrants were obtained. Officers of the Lamar Police Department obtained arrest warrants for Anthony Freyta, 39 of Lamar, Vanessa Gaucin, 24 of Lamar, Vincent Flores, 22 of Lamar, Josette Freyta, 36 of Lamar, and Joseph Martinez, 44 of Lamar. Mr. Freyta is being held at the Prowers County Jail on a $75,000.00 cash only bond for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Ms. Gaucin was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant out of Prowers County for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and was held without bond. Mr. Flores was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant out of Prowers County for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and was held without bond. Ms. Freyta arrested on an outstanding felony warrant out of Prowers County for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and was held on $75,000.00 cash only bond. Mr. Martinez was arrested on outstanding felony warrant out of Prowers County for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and was initially held on a $75,000.00 cash only bond. Additional arrests are expected in this case. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On July 17, 2018, acting on information gathered during ongoing narcotics investigations conducted by the Lamar Police Department, officers were able to secure multiple search warrants for residences within the City of Lamar in regards to suspected narcotics trafficking. Lamar Police Officers, acting in concert with the Prowers County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol executed search warrants in the 800 block of W. Maple St., 600 block of N. 6th St. and 400 block of Chadwick Way in Lamar. Bryan Martinez, age 28, of Lamar, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled schedule I and II and possession with intent to distribute schedule I and II controlled substances. Mr. Martinez was held at the Prowers County Jail without bond. Anthony Freyta, age 39 of Lamar, was located and taken into custody on multiple outstanding warrants. Mr. Feyta is held at the Prowers County Jail on no bond. With evidence collected during the multi-agency operation, officers will be seeking warrants for the arrest of multiple individuals on various charges including possession of a controlled substance, distribution of controlled substances and related crimes. Every person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

On April 22, 2018, officers responded to an armed robbery in the 1100 block of South Main Street. Prior to officers’ arrival the suspect fled the area. During the investigation officers executed several search warrants and recovered several items of evidence. Officers were able to identify a juvenile male as the suspect. Officers obtained a no bond warrant for aggravated robbery, menacing with a weapon, and theft. The juvenile male is currently being held at the Pueblo Youth Detention Center located in Pueblo, Colorado. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On May 01, 2018, officers of the Lamar Police Department contacted Alexandro Morales, 23 of Granada, in an alleyway behind the 500 block of North Main Street. Mr. Morales was found to have an active felony warrant out of Prowers County for failure to comply on an original charge of attempted first degree murder. After investigation, officers executed a search warrant. Officers recovered quantities of methamphetamine and other items relating to the illegal distribution of narcotics. Officers obtained arrest warrants for Mr. Morales and Chelsea Hall-Chavira, 26 of Lamar, for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Mr. Morales and Ms. Hall-Chavira are being held at the Prowers County Jail on a $75,000.00 cash only bond. Additional arrests are expected in this case. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On April 04, 2018 officers of the Lamar Police Department executed two search warrants in the 700 block of South Mullen Street. Officers contacted Malina Jur, 36 of Lamar, in the residence. Ms. Jur was found to have an active misdemeanor warrant out of Prowers County for failure to comply. Ms. Jur was transported to the Prowers County Jail where she is being held without bond. Additional arrests are expected as a result of this investigation.

On February 6, 2018 officers of the Lamar Police Department observed Devanta Kemp and Jerriesh Nelson inside of a business in the 100 block of East Beech Street. Officers knew from previous contacts with the Denver Police Department both parties had active arrest warrants. Both parties were arrested without incident on the outstanding warrants for 2nd degree Kidnapping & Aggravated Robbery. Both Devanta Kemp and Jerriesh Nelson were transported to the Prowers County Jail and held on “NO BOND” pending extradition back to Denver Colorado. Every person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

The Lamar Explorer/Cadet Post is looking for donations to help purchase training equipment, uniforms, and other necessary items to ensure the participants can successfully complete the program. The youth involved is from Lamar and the surrounding communities. If you are interested in making a donation, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/4lc5h3c

As a result of the ongoing investigation from the previous search warrants that were executed by Lamar Police Department on December 02, 2017, officers obtained an arrest warrant for Gayla Deen, 48 of Lamar, for the Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. Officers also obtained arrest warrants for Christopher Lohse, 47 of Lamar, Dylan Moore, 22 of Lamar, and Joshua Saldana, 31 of Lamar, for the Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. Ms. Deen was arrested by members of the La Junta Police Department on 12/05/17. Ms. Deen was transported to the Otero County Jail where she was being held without bond. Mr. Lohse and Mr. Moore were arrested by members of the Lamar Police Department on 12/14/17 in the 800 block of South 9th Street. Mr. Moore was also charged with additional felony charges resulting from his arrest. Mr. Lohse is being held at the Prowers County Jail on a $4,000.00 bond. Mr. Moore is being held at the Prowers County Jail on an $8,000.00 bond. Mr. Saldana was arrested by members of the Lamar Police Department on 12/15/17 in the 800 block of West Oak Street. Mr. Saldana was also charged with additional felony charges resulting from his arrest. Mr. Saldana is being held at the Prowers County Jail without bond. Every person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On December 02, 2017 officers of the Lamar Police Department executed search warrants in the 800 block of South 9th Street, 1800 block of South 8th Street, and 800 block of Yucca Drive. Officers recovered quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, U.S. Currency and other items related to the distribution of illegal narcotics. Officers arrested Paula Walker, 59 of Lamar, Donald Vagher, 52 of Lamar, and Adam Groomer, 36 of Lamar for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Officers also arrested Damien Sena, 36 of Lamar, for unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Ms. Walker and Mr. Groomer are being held without bond at the Prowers County Jail. Mr. Vagher is being held on a $75,000.00 bond. Mr. Sena is being held on a $4,000.00 bond. More suspects have been identified and more arrests are expected. Every person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On October 17th, 2017 officers from the Lamar Police Department contacted Pedro Navarrette, 52, of Lamar in the 800 block of South 9th Street for an active felony arrest warrant from the Colorado Department of Corrections. During the contact officers located more than a pound of marijuana in Mr. Navarrette’s possession. Mr. Navarrette was arrested and transported to the Prowers County Jail where he is being held without bond. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On October 2, 2017 members of the Lamar Police Department, Prowers County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado State Parole served a search warrant in the 900 block of South 7th Street in Lamar. Items used in the distribution of illegal narcotics were located along with methamphetamine. Robert Lucas Howell, 28 of Lamar, and Kayla Guerra (Howell), 31 of Lamar, were arrested for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and other charges. Both individuals are being held at the Prowers County Jail on $150,000.00 bond. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. During the investigation, Parole Officers made contact with Pedro Lopez, 32 of Burlington, who had an outstanding fugitive warrant for his arrest. Mr. Lopez was contacted in Limon, Colorado by Colorado State Parole, Colorado State Patrol, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Limon Police Department. Mr. Lopez is being held in the Lincoln County Jail on no bond.

On August 19, 2017, officers of the Lamar Police Department served an arrest warrant on Jesus Fernandez (30) of Lamar for the Sale and Distribution of Heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance. Fernandez is currently being held at the Prowers County Jail on a $75,000.00 any type bond. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Prowers County Emergency Telephone Authority would like to remind the citizens of Prowers County of the ability to send a text message to 9-1-1 as an integrated service to our 9-1-1 network and 9-1-1 equipment. Texting to 9-1-1 provides accessibility to the hearing and speech impaired population and provides an alternative to reach help in a dangerous situation when a voice call is not possible or where a voice call fails due to a high volume of phone activity but texting is successful. How to text to 9-1-1 in an emergency: • Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” field. • The first text message to 9-1-1 should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and type of help needed. • Push the “Send” button. • Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker. • Text in simple words- do not use abbreviations. • Keep the text message brief and concise. When to text to 9-1-1 • If you are hearing impaired. • When a voice call could increase a threat. • If you are injured and cannot speak. • If you are in a remote location and can only send a text message. Currently, the five major carriers; AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Viaero, and Verizon Wireless have agreed to offer the text to 9-1-1 service. However, this does not mean that the service is available in all areas. Should you be out of the area, for that Carrier, you will receive a message stating that the text service is not available and to call 9-1-1. Photos, videos and other attachments cannot currently be sent to 911 via text, although those capabilities will be available in the future. CALL IF YOU CAN, TEXT IF YOU MUST

On July 27, 2017, at approximately 2:19 AM, Lamar Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of 9th Street and Maple Street in Lamar. The driver, identified as Mitcheal Shackelford, age 40 of Elkhart, Kansas, was found to have a suspended Kansas driver’s license. Shackelford was taken into custody and transported to the Prowers County Jail. During routine inventory of the vehicle prior to tow, officers located evidence related to distribution of marijuana. Shackelford was held at the Prowers County Jail on a $50,000 bond on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and driving without a valid license. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.