On Thursday, April 7, 2016, following eight days of trial, a Moffat County jury found Georgie Louise Hand guilty of two counts each of second degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, disarming a peace officer, and menacing, as well as one count of third degree criminal trespass, for her role in taking Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Nathan Martinez and Moffat County Sheriff’s Deputy Bhrent Shock hostage at gunpoint on March 9, 2015 near Dinosaur, Colorado. During the incident, her husband, James Damon, was killed in a struggle with the officers.
Ms. Hand’s sentencing was set for June 13, 2016 at 10am in Moffat District Court. The sentencing range for each second degree kidnapping conviction is 16 to 48 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. The sentencing range for each aggravated robbery count is 10 to 32 years. The sentences for each of the kidnapping and robbery convictions must be served consecutively, so the total sentencing range is a minimum of 52 years to a maximum of 160 years. The disarming a peace officer and menacing charges range from 1 to 3 years in prison. The third degree criminal trespass is a misdemeanor.
District Attorney Brett Barkey said, “We greatly appreciate the jury’s close attention and dedicated service in this difficult case. The jury heard the harrowing testimony of the two officers each surprised at gunpoint, taken hostage, disarmed and made to sit. Because the officers believed they were about to be executed, they fought back, killing Mr. Damon and taking Ms. Hand into custody. The jury’s verdict appropriately holds Ms. Hand to account for the role she played in a situation which nearly cost the lives of these two officers.”
DA Barkey stated further, “We want to express our appreciation for the work of the 14th Judicial District Critical Incident Team and its member agencies that investigated and prosecuted this case including the Craig Police Department, Steamboat Springs Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, and Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Thanks also to the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office and Rangely Police Department for being the first agencies to respond to this incident.”
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Thomas Salistean left court after accepting the judge's decree: three years probation and restitution -- for felony theft by deception.
The state said he claimed to have processed more daonted deer meat in his Ralston shop than actually came through, as part of a program providing food for families in need.
A state-managed charity reimbursed him for each donation, some of which the state alleges never existed.
Undercover video of Van Fleet Meats, provided to KETV NewsWatch 7 after the sentencing, shows how investigators built their case.
As an undercover investigator approaches the counter, Salistean notices the investigator's tags and asking if a man if he's done hunting.
The 8th World Ranger Congress will be held May 21-27, 2016, in Estes Park, Colorado, USA. It is being hosted by the U.S. Association of National Park Rangers. At the congress we will be operating a Ranger Relief effort to support our conservation colleagues in less developed countries. Most of these individuals are involved in intensive law enforcement efforts aimed at stopping wildlife poaching and other resource related crimes. Some of these rangers even have to operate in areas of open civil war.
At the congress we will be collecting used uniforms and small equipment which will be donated to the rangers in need. This will be a relatively small operation compared to others conducted in the past as the donations will be transported home in their personal belongings. We will be expecting significant numbers of rangers attending from less developed countries as we have arranged travel awards for them.
You do not need to be present to make a donation. Donations may be mailed to the congress site up to two weeks in advance. If you believe that you might have items that might be useful to these rangers in need, please go to:
Look at the “Support Ranger Relief” column on the homepage where you will find full details on what is needed by these rangers, how to register a donation, and where to ship it.
Thank you for supporting these rangers!
Ranger Relief Coordinator, 8th World Ranger Congress
A Louisiana man has been sentenced to three life terms in prison without parole for shooting a Louisiana wildlife conservation officer.
According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Sgt. Scott Bullitt, 32, of Jonesboro, was shot in the back at the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area in Ouachita Parish on May 21, 2015 by Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, of Monroe. Bullitt and another agent stopped a vehicle on Buckley Hill Road near the Wham Break Boat Launch at the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area. During the stop, Hust shot Sgt. Bullitt, fired at another agent, then ran into the woods.
Bullitt was taken to a hospital in Monroe. Hust was captured by agents a few hours later.
On Dec. 3, 2015, Hust was convicted of two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Bullitt, who has been on the force for over five years, is recovering and has not returned to active duty.
Indiana Conservation Officers announced today that they are adding a K9 unit to District 7.
Derby was adopted from Posey County Pound Puppies after being brought to the facility as a stray and never being claimed. At the time Derby was about six months old.
Derby is a black Labrador Retriever which is a common breed of dog used by sportsmen for both their versatility and drive. Police say the demeanor of the dog, its mannerisms and its willingness to work convinced handler Officer Tim Kaiser that he and Derby would be a good fit.
Police note that the Indiana Conservation Officer K9 Resource Protection Program focuses on three primary disciplines: wildlife and ginseng detection, area searches and man tracking.
Starting the end of January, Derby will start formal training for approximately nine weeks. Once the initial training is complete, Derby will patrol with Kaiser who is assigned to Spencer County.
“Derby is going to be a wonderful resource to the District Seven Community from both a law enforcement and public safety aspect," Kaiser said. "Whether it is finding evidence or tracking down a murder suspect, lost hunter or missing child, Derby is going to provide a great service to our area.”
The Indiana Conservation Officer K9 program is in its 19th year. During that time, the K9 program has been utilized nearly 5,000 times and is responsible for approximately 1,300 arrests.