Press Releases

Stage Two Fire Restrictions Downgraded to Stage One for Unincorporated El Paso County

July 23, 2018 - 4:00pm

Sheriff Bill Elder has ordered Stage I Fire Restrictions for all of the unincorporated areas of El Paso County.  The Stage I Fire Restrictions shall go into effect immediately and the following are prohibited:

Sheriff’s Office Second Quarter Statistics on Illegal and Black-Market Marijuana Enforcement Efforts

July 6, 2018 - 1:43pm

On January 1, 2018, House Bill 17-1220 concerning measures to stop diversion of legal marijuana to the illegal market was enacted into law.  One of Sheriff Bill Elder’s top priorities is to eradicate black-market marijuana and the illegal marijuana grows in El Paso County.

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Attempted Carjacking on Rampart Range Road

July 3, 2018 - 1:05pm

On July 2, 2018, at approximately 12:20 pm, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a Motor Vehicle Theft in Progress in the 9000 block of Rampart Range Road.

Sheriff’s Office Launches New Behavioral Health Connect Program (BHCON)

June 29, 2018 - 2:14pm

On Sunday, July 1, 2018, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will deploy an inaugural co-responder, patrol unit called the Behavioral Health Connect Unit or BHCON (pronounced Beacon).  It was previously named Project CURB.  The BHCON unit pairs an El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy with a Licensed Behavioral Health Clinician from UCHealth's Memorial Hospital to respond to emergency calls determined to have a behavioral health issue as a primary driver.

Fireworks and Burn Ban Information for the 2018 Fourth of July Holiday

June 29, 2018 - 9:11am

We would like to wish every citizen in El Paso County a safe and happy Fourth of July.  Hopefully this holiday will pass without any serious injuries or incidents tainting its enjoyment. Since fireworks are traditionally a major part of our Independence Day celebrations, we would like to remind our community that Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect for all the unincorporated areas of El Paso County.  The Stage II Fire Restrictions prohibit the following:

Sheriff’s Office Asking for Assistance in Locating Missing Woman

June 22, 2018 - 2:43pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance locating Jane Mudder, DOB: 07/15/62.  Jane was last seen by her landlord on Saturday, May 5, 2018, in the Cascade Area. 
Ms. Mudder is a white female, 5’6”, 122 lbs., brown hair and brown eyes with a dream catcher tattoo on her right arm.

Deceased Female Identified in Springs Mobile Home Community Fire

June 21, 2018 - 4:10pm

On June 21, 2018, at approximately 5:18 am, a structure fire was reported at a mobile home in the Springs Mobile Home Community, located at 1095 Western Dr.  Members of the Cimarron Hills Fire Department responded and, after extinguishing the fire, discovered a deceased individual inside the residence.

The deceased has been identified as Judith Barton, who was 67 years of age.  We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ms. Barton. 

Sheriff's Office and Colorado Springs Police Department Support Special Olympics in Annual Torch Run

June 15, 2018 - 6:13pm

Sheriff's Office and Colorado Springs Police Department Support Special Olympics in Annual Torch Run

On Saturday, June 16, 2018, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Springs Police Department, in our continued partnership with the Special Olympics, will join forces for the Annual El Paso County Law Enforcement Torch Run. 

Deputy Sheriff Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

June 12, 2018 - 7:55pm

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, Steven D'Agostino, DOB: 06-13-83, a Deputy Sheriff with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office was booked into the Criminal Justice Center Jail. 

He is facing several Felony charges to include one count of Introducing Contraband in the First Degree which is a Felony 4, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II with Intent to Distribute which is a Felony 3 and one count of Official Misconduct which is a Misdemeanor 2.

Deputy Sheriff Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

June 12, 2018 - 7:55pm

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, Steven D'Agostino, DOB: 06-13-83, a Deputy Sheriff with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office was booked into the Criminal Justice Center Jail. 

He is facing several Felony charges to include one count of Introducing Contraband in the First Degree which is a Felony 4, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II with Intent to Distribute which is a Felony 3 and one count of Official Misconduct which is a Misdemeanor 2.

Unincorporated El Paso County Now In Stage Two Fire Restrictions

June 5, 2018 - 11:08am

Sheriff Bill Elder has ordered Stage II Fire Restrictions for all of the unincorporated areas of El Paso County.  The Stage II Fire Restrictions shall go into effect immediately and the following are prohibited:

1.      Campfires.

2.      The sale or use of fireworks.

3.      Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

4.      Public prescribed burning/burn permits.

Taekwondo Coach Sentenced in Sexual Assault Case

May 29, 2018 - 5:15pm

In Early 2017, the Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit began an investigation on a Sexual Assault Case involving suspect Glenn Allan Lainfiesta, DOB: 04/02/73.  Lainfiesta had been working as a sparring coach at the Academy of Life and Leadership Taekwondo at the Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Boulevard in Colorado Springs.

 

Sheriff's Office Warns of Phone Scam

May 15, 2018 - 3:35pm

The Sheriff's Office has received intelligence of another phone scam.  The caller threatens the individual they are speaking with an arrest warrant for missed jury duty.   If they don't follow directions to clear up the warrant(s), they will be arrested.  In these most recent cases, they are using the name of an actual employee of the Sheriff's Office. 

Sheriff Elder Holding Press Conference on Pilot to Implement Co-Responder Program

May 8, 2018 - 10:55am

Sheriff Bill Elder will be holding a press conference on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 3:00 PM, at the Office of the Sheriff, located at 27 E. Vermijo Avenue, where he will introduce the Coordinated Unit Response to Behavioral Health Calls (CURB).

Mental health affects all aspects of law enforcement from interactions on the street to having an inmate population of approximately 60% who suffer from some form of mental illness. 

Sheriff Elder to Receive National Alliance on Mental Illness Advocate of the Year Award

May 2, 2018 - 5:05pm

Sheriff Elder will be recognized as the the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Advocate of the Year at NAMI's Eight Annual Fundraising Breakfast on Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:30 AM, at the Broadmoor International Center, located at 21 Lake Circle in Colorado Springs.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Armed and Dangerous Suspect in Stabbing

May 1, 2018 - 8:10pm

On May 1, 2018, at approximately 1:47 PM, deputies were dispatched to the 6400 block of Sayres Road in reference to a Stabbing.

Prior to the deputy’s arrival, it was learned the suspect had fled the scene after stabbing the victim.  The victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

The suspect has been identified as Nicholas Sambrano, DOB: 12/19/85.  He is driving a 1994 gold Honda Accord bearing a Colorado license plate of OXM124. 

EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF BILL ELDER PRESENTS CSOC SCHOLARSHIP

May 1, 2018 - 9:08am

Bill Elder, El Paso County Sheriff, is pleased to announce that Mariah Lewis is this year's recipient of the County Sheriffs of Colorado, CSOC, and scholarship award for El Paso County. 

CSOC, Colorado's state sheriffs' association, offered a total of 31 awards of $500 each this year to deserving high school and college students in Colorado to fund higher-level education expenses for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Victim in Shooting at Value Inn Identified

April 27, 2018 - 6:40pm

On April 22, 2018, at approximately 12:46 AM, a clerk at the Value Inn located at 6875 Space Village Avenue, called the Sheriff’s Office to report a man with a gun.  As units were responding to the area, dispatch received another call that a man was shot and lying in the middle of the road.  The suspect was reported to have took off on foot.

Burglary Suspect Identified In Officer Involved Shooting

April 27, 2018 - 6:30pm

At about 6:15 AM on April 25th, 2018, Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of West 19th street regarding a burglary in progress.  When the first officer arrived the male suspect emerged from the building and fled on foot. 

The officer chased the suspect and the suspect drew a pistol, brandishing it toward a citizen who was also on scene.  The officer fired at the suspect, striking him more than once.

Victim in Shooting at Value Succumbs to Injuries

April 26, 2018 - 12:15pm

On April 22, 2018, at approximately 12:46 AM, a clerk at the Value Inn located at 6875 Space Village Avenue, called the Sheriff’s Office to report a man with a gun.  As units were responding to the area, dispatch received another call that a man was shot and lying in the middle of the road.  The suspect was reported to have took off on foot.

Sheriff's Office Investigates Officer Involved Shooting

April 25, 2018 - 5:10pm

At about 6:15 AM on April 25th, 2018, Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of West 19th street regarding a burglary in progress.  When the first officer arrived the male suspect emerged from the building and fled on foot. 

The officer chased the suspect and the suspect drew a pistol, brandishing it toward a citizen who was also on scene.  The officer fired at the suspect, striking him more than once.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Taz to get Donation of Body Armor

April 24, 2018 - 12:20pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Taz will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K-9 Taz’s vest is sponsored by Michelle and Paul Blaskowski of Colorado Springs, CO and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by Michelle & Paul Blaskowski”.  Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Stage Two Fire Restrictions Downgraded to Stage One for Unincorporated El Paso County

April 23, 2018 - 1:45pm

Deputy Fire Warden John Padgett has ordered Stage I Fire Restrictions for all the unincorporated areas of El Paso County.  The Stage I Fire Restrictions shall go into effect immediately and the following are prohibited:

1.      Open burning, excepting fires and campfires within permanently constructed fire grates in developed

         campgrounds and picnic grounds; charcoal grills and wood burning stoves at private residences in areas

Suspect in Overnight Shooting Taken into Custody

April 22, 2018 - 8:59am

On April 22, 2018 at approximately 12:46 AM, a clerk at the Value Inn located at 6875 Space Village Avenue, called the Sheriff’s Office to report a man with a gun.  As units were responding to the area, dispatch received another call that a man was shot and lying in the middle of the road.  The suspect was reported to have took off on foot.

MM117 Joint Media Release - Friday, April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018 - 8:24am

100% CONTAINMENT ACHIEVED

Current Situation: Wildland hand crews, working together with firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment completed containment line around the unsecured portions of the fire. Incident Commander Mark Hatcher announced that the Mile Marker 117 Fire was 100% contained as of end of operational period, Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Hobby Horse Lane Homicide Victims Identified

April 18, 2018 - 3:50pm

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, at approximately 1:52 AM, Deputies were dispatched to the 13500 block of Hobby Horse Lane in reference to a check the welfare.  When deputies arrived on scene, they located two deceased individuals.

The victims have been identified as Larry Nelson, DOB 02/11/46 and Pamela Nelson, DOB 12/27/47.

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