In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington County Combined Courts has decided the following:
We will allow counsel, parties, parents of juveniles, GALS, social workers, law enforcement, victims, victims’ advocates, probation staff, interpreters, and subpoenaed witnessed into the courtroom.
Those that wish to wear protective gear such as surgical/face masks and/or gloves, or to carry surface sanitizing wipes or liquids may do so, consistent with courtroom security concerns.
Access to the courtrooms by the general public is restricted at this time.
A screening will be completed before entering the Court Lobby.
If any individual has answered yes to the questions in the screening they will be asked for their name and phone number and asked to leave. The Clerk of Courts will be notified if this happens.
If there are any questions, contact the Washington County Combined Courts at (970) 345-2756.
WASHINGTON COMBINED COURTS
As a result of public health preparations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, most services at the 13th Judicial District courthouses are closed for regular business.
VISITORS TO THE WASHINGTON COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED TO ENTER FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
Petitions for temporary civil protection orders and permanent protection order hearings;
Petitions for temporary emergency risk protection orders and hearings on emergency risk protection orders.
Petitions for the appointment of an emergency guardian and/or special conservator;
Jurors with a summons and instructions to report.
Parties to certain proceedings, to include attorneys, witnesses, victims, law enforcement and press:
Parties appearing on today’s court dockets.
Criminal proceedings that have not previously been continued;
Crim.P.Rule 5 advisement for incarcerated persons and the initial setting of bail;
Revocation hearings on complaints to revoke probation involving an incarcerated defendant;
Proceedings necessary to protect the constitutional rights of criminal defendants including bond-related matters and plea agreements for incarcerated individuals;
Detention hearings for juvenile delinquency cases;
Shelter hearings in dependency and neglect cases or other juvenile proceedings;
Hearings on motions to restrict parenting time and parental abduction prevention; and Emergency mental health proceedings.
Note: Individuals who are not parties to a case set for hearing will NOT be permitted into the building.
If the aforementioned applies but you have been diagnosed with COVID-
19 or have been in contact with someone exposed to COVID-19 in the last
14 days follow the instructions below:
Witnesses subpoenaed in a case, please contact the attorney or party issuing the subpoena
to explain the circumstances and discuss the options available.
Jurors summoned to report for jury duty, please submit a postponement request as soon as
possible and we will reschedule your jury service.
CLERK’S OFFICE OPERATIONS
To fulfill the court’s vital role in maintaining stability while both preserving constitutional rights
and ensuring the safety and welfare of the people of this community, the Washington County
Combined Court’s Clerk’s Office has implemented the following processes and procedures:
Filing Court Documents: All filings that do not meet the aforementioned criteria (Petitions
for temporary civil protection orders and permanent protection order hearings; Petitions for
temporary emergency risk protection orders and hearings on emergency risk protection
orders; Petitions for the appointment of an emergency guardian and/or special conservator)
can be scanned/e-mailed to WashingtonClerksOffice@judicial.state.co.us.
Payments: All payments of court fines/costs must be made online (www.courts.state.co.us)
or mailed (check or money order only) to the Clerk’s Office. To facilitate effective social
distancing for our customers and staff, the Clerk’s Office will no longer accept payments at
our window. Mailing address: Washington Combined Court, PO Box 455, Akron CO 80720
Staffing: Effective today and until further notice, the Clerk’s Office will be operating at 50%
staffing, meaning there may only be one clerk working per day.
WHERE TO GET INFORMATION
Information regarding our operating status will be posted on our website https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/District/Index.cfm?District_ID=13)
If you have general questions regarding a case or matter, please use the contact information below.
Court Information: Please all (970-345-2756) or e-mail (WashingtonClerksOffice@judicial.state.co.us) court staff for inquiries relating to court filings, processes/procedures, case status, or court appearances
Jurors: Information pertaining to jury service will be posted to our website (https://www.courts.state.co.us/Jury/County/Index.cfm?County_ID=43). Inquiries related to jury service can be directed to the Jury Commissioner at (970-345-2756 ext.1) or email@example.com.
For Probationers: Call your Probation Officer directly, email your Probation Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Probation Department at 970-526-
3900. Due to a high volume of calls and emails, please allow 24 hours for a response before contacting us again.
Payment Plan or Payment Questions: Call 970-345-2756.
In light of the recent Coronavirus Outbreak, and concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has decided that our office will be closed to the public in an effort to do our part in combating the virus, and following CDC guidelines.
No civilians will be allowed to enter the building, unless escorted by a staff member for work related purposes, such as reporting a crime. All deliveries will be left outside the front doors, and a staff member will come to the door to pick up the delivery.
Citizens needing to register or update sex offender registration need to call our office prior to arrival, so we can make appropriate arrangements to ensure an appropriate amount of time to complete all paperwork.
Citizens needing civil process paperwork service are also encouraged to contact our office by telephone to see appropriate ways of handling such paperwork, and our requirements. We will be accepting mailed, faxed, or emailed paperwork, as long as appropriate payment is received as well.
We are suspending services such as vehicle unlocks, VIN Inspections, civil standbys (Unless court ordered), Concealed Carry Applications/renewal, and public fingerprinting until further notice.
We are encouraging Washington County citizens to call us through our dispatch phone number, 970-345-2244 in lieu of coming to our office. However if you come to our office you will need to utilize the “After hours” call box located on the east wall by the front doors, for assistance.
It is our hope that the public understands that this policy is an effort on our part to combat the concerns around this virus, while still providing public safety to our community. We will still be patrolling, responding to calls, and investigating crimes within the county during this time.
Since this situation is evolving rapidly this policy will be evaluated continuously and modified as needed.
It is our hope that in the near future we will be able to return to normal operating procedures, and allow the general public back into our building. In the meantime please feel free to reach out to us with questions, comments, or concerns.
It is our understanding that the Washington County Combined Courts will continue with normal operating hours during this time. If you have questions for the courts please contact them at 970-345-2756.
Sheriff Jon Stivers
Notice Regarding COVID-19 (the “Novel Coronavirus”) and Court Operations:
The courts and probation department provide important and essential services to the public and we will endeavor to maintain normal operations to the fullest extent possible. We understand there is concern about COVID-19 and the 13th Judicial District is requesting that you PLEASE NOT COME TO THE COURTHOUSE, PROBATION, OR PRETRIAL SERVICES if: (1) you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (“Novel Coronavirus”) and you have not received a subsequent test confirming that you are currently virus-free; (2) you have been in direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past fourteen days; (3) you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory illness symptoms. If any of these three criteria apply, please call the clerk’s office at (970) 345-2756 to reschedule your court date or request to appear by telephone if you are not represented by an attorney, or contact your attorney to file a request for a continuance or a telephone appearance. If you are subpoenaed as a witness in a case, please contact the attorney or party issuing the subpoena to explain the circumstances and discuss the options available. If you are summoned to report for jury duty, please contact the jury commissioner at (970) 345-2756 to reschedule your jury service. Please call to reschedule appointments with the probation department (970-345-6847), collections (970-526-3966). Updates on court operations will be posted at (www.courts.state.co.us).
Until further notice, the court will permit persons to wear surgical masks and gloves in court and probation buildings if they so desire. Persons may also bring small plastic containers of hand sanitizer into court and probation buildings.
High Speed Chase
On January 2, 2020, at approximately 8:00 a.m., multiple local law enforcement agencies were involved in a high speed pursuit across Yuma and Washington Counties involving a stolen 2019 Ram pickup out of Wray. This pursuit ended east of Otis due to the high speeds and reckless driving actions of the driver of the stolen pickup.
At approximately 8:15, it was reported to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office that the stolen vehicle was seen being parked behind Davis Bros gas station in Akron, and one (1) male party exited the vehicle heading east on foot. A description of the male party was given to our office, and an adult male identified as Uriel Ureno-Garcia was placed into custody at approximately 4th and Fir St in Akron, in connection with the pursuit. Our deputies then located the stolen pickup, abandoned, on the north side of Davis Bros. The stolen pickup was displaying fictitious plates and deputies also discovered stolen temporary tags inside the pickup. The stolen vehicle was later turned over to the owner.
At approximately 9:45, we received a report of two stolen vehicles in Akron. Deputies began traveling east on Hwy 34, eventually spotting vehicles matching the description of the stolen ones. Contact was made with Brush PD and Morgan County to assist in stopping the vehicles. Another pursuit occurred including both of the additional stolen vehicles and continued westbound on Highway 34 into Brush and then continued onto westbound Interstate 76. Units involved in that pursuit included Colorado State Patrol, Washington County Sheriff, Fort Morgan Police Department & Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. Colorado State Patrol successfully deployed tire deflation devices on westbound Interstate 76 at approximately MP 82 and disabled one of the two stolen vehicles. The adult female that was driving the disabled stolen vehicle was promptly arrested. The female was identified as Lucinda Garcia-Mata. Garcia-Mata was taken to Morgan County Jail and then transported to The Washington County Justice Center. Lucinda Garcia-Mata was booked in on charges of 2nd Degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, driving under revocation, possession of schedule 2 controlled substance, speeding 25-39 over posted speed, vehicular eluding and reckless driving. Garcia-Mata is being held pending advisement. The second stolen vehicle continued westbound on Interstate 76 and the pursuit of the second stolen vehicle was discontinued near Wiggins due to safety concerns.
Ureno-Garcia was later released by Colorado State Patrol as he was not considered a suspect in the case. This case is still currently under investigation. All residents are highly encouraged to keep their vehicles locked.
Today Sheriff Stivers along with local, state, and federal agencies attended a meeting regarding the recent drone activity. During this meeting a lot of information was shared, but it is still unknown who is operating the drones and why. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will be a part of an organized task force to investigate the drone sightings, trying to find out who is operating them and for what reason.
We ask that you report any drone or suspicious activity that might be in your area to our dispatch line at 970-345-2244 so we can look into it immediately. Please do not report drone sightings on our facebook page as they will not be immediately addressed.
This is an ongoing investigation, and we will update the public when we have further information.
Jon Stivers, Washington County Sheriff, is pleased to announce that Ashlynn Gillis is this year’s recipient of the County Sheriffs of Colorado, CSOC, scholarship award for Washington County.
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Washington County Sheriff’s Office
March 18, 2019
On March 12, 2019 at about 4:41 p.m. Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Akron Volunteer Fire Department and Washington County Ambulance were dispatched to the Colorado Regional Airport in Akron on a plane crash. Upon arrival deputies observed a single engine prop plane upside down on the southwest portion of the airport a few hundred feet off the runway. The pilot stated that he was on his first solo flight and when he came in for a landing a gust of wind lifted the plane off the ground and he was unable to keep the plane on the runway. The pilot was the only occupant in the plane and was later taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The FAA and NTSB were notified.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
October 25, 2018
On August 21, 2018 a complaint was filed with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office regarding a possible sexual assault by Deputy Jon Hart. Due to the nature of the case and the involvement of a deputy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Stivers contacted the District Attorney’s Office and requested they investigate the complaint. Deputy Hart was put on administrative leave on August 22, 2018 pending the investigation. On October 6, 2018, Jon Hart was let go from the Sheriff’s Office due to the findings of an internal investigation by the sheriff’s office, on other unrelated issues.
Jon Hart turned himself in to Logan County Sheriff’s Office on October 23, 2018 on a warrant for Sexual assault on a child/ position of trust and pattern of abuse Class 3 Felony, Sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust Class 4 Felony, and 1st Degree Official Misconduct Class 2 Misdemeanor. Hart was advised on October 24, 2018 and was released on a $50,000 cosigned personal recognizance bond.
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03/20/20 through 03/27/20
March 20, 2020
Deputies were dispatched to the 80 block of Cedar on a verbal disturbance. When deputies arrived the parties had separated and nothing criminal had occurred.
Deputies received a driving complaint at Bent Ave and Railroad Ave. The reporting party said a juvenile took a turn at a high rate of speed kicking up rocks due to the road being wet. The reporting party was able to identify the juvenile. The juvenile was cited for careless driving.
Deputies received a call of an intoxicated subject in the Town of Otis. The party was located at his residence and was okay.
Deputies arrested Damian Galante at the Anton Motel on a California warrant. California later dropped the detainer and Galante was released.
March 21, 2020
Deputies took a report of some siding that was stolen in the Town of Otis. The party just wanted the theft documented in case the siding is found.
While in custody, Aaron Brooks was arrested on a warrant out of Logan County. Brooks is being held on a $1,000.00 bond.
March 22, 2020
Deputies were dispatched to a family disturbance in Washington County. After further investigation, Curtis David was cited for harassment.
March 23, 2020
Deputies observed a dog at large in the 500 block of Cedar. The owner was given a verbal warning for dog at large.
Deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of E 5th on a stolen vehicle. Case is under investigation.
Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle in the area of CO RD 36 & CO RD Y. The vehicle was pulling a trailer which had been reported stolen out of Limon. When deputies arrived on scene they noticed a sole occupant in the vehicle. Anthony Nopens was arrested on violation of protection order, violation of bail bonds and failure to appear. Nopens is being held on a $6,000.00 bond.
Deputies were notified of a suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of E 5th St in the Town of Akron. A records check of the vehicle indicated it was stolen out of Fort Morgan. Case is under investigation.
March 24, 2020
Deputies responded to a suicidal party in the Town of Akron. Upon arrival it was determined that the juvenile was not suicidal and that the juvenile was angry with her guardians and didn’t want to go home. The juvenile was taken home by deputies.
March 25, 2020
While in custody, Edward Graham was arrested on a warrant out of Morgan County. Graham is being held on a $1,000.00 bond.
Deputies received a report of license plates that were found on CO RD 30 & CO RD EE. After investigation it
was determined that the plates were abandoned.
Deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Adams for a report of a small child at the park by themselves.
The juvenile was found unharmed and returned to the family. Washington County Department of Human
Services was made aware of the situation.
03/20/20 GAIBLER, MADISON age 22 1ST & ADAMS
Speeding (10-19 over posted speed)
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
March 3, 2018 @ approx. 11:30 a.m.
Washington County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a grass fire in the southern part of Washington County
On March 3, 2018 at about 11:30 a.m deputies were dispatched to a fire that started in the southern part of Washington County at CO RD 16 & CO RD R. The fire quickly spread northwest to CO RD 21 & CO RD P due to gusty winds. Five fire departments battling the fire; Southwest Volunteer Fire Department, Akron Volunteer Fire Department, Brush Volunteer Fire Department, Cope Volunteer Fire Department and Otis Volunteer Fire Department. Several farmers with tractors and blades also responded to assist to make a perimeter around the fire to prevent it from spreading any further. Washington County Road and Bridge provided water trucks and also road graters. With the assistance of everyone that responded the fire was contained after several hours, a total of 4,300 acres burned; there were no structures lost and no injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.
Two tool boxes were found on Hwy 63 between mile marker 8 and 9 on January 27, 2017. We are looking for the owners. If you have more information regarding these boxes please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 345-2244
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