Archive for February, 2017

Registration opens for 2017 Citizens Police Academy; applications due March 17

Castle Rock Police Officers are dedicated to maintaining an open relationship with the public and keeping our Town among the safest in Colorado. But, have you ever wondered what it takes to be a police officer in Castle Rock? The Citizens Police Academy is your opportunity to find out.

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 program. The goal is for residents to better understand, and build a relationship with, the officers who are sworn to serve and protect the community.

The Citizens Police Academy allows participants to engage in a combination of classroom and hands-on training similar to the training our police officers go through. Some of the topics covered in the 10-week class include: community policing tactics; crime scene processing and evidence collection; investigative procedures; self-defense; firearm safety; and traffic laws.

The class meets Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. starting April 6 and running through June 22. The final class will be a graduation ceremony. Participation is free, but applications must be submitted before Friday, March 17.

“Maintaining a positive relationship with the public is very important for Castle Rock Police,” said Commander Jason Lyons, who coordinates the academy. “We’re grateful for opportunities like the Citizens Police Academy to provide our officers the chance to interact with the public in a nonemergency situation. Maintaining that level of trust is important for the entire community.”

The program is limited to 30 participants per year, and space fills up quickly. For more information, or to submit an online application, head to CRgov.com/academy.

Questions? Contact Commander Lyons at 720-733-6016 or jlyons@CRgov.com

 

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CO Bureau of Investigation supports CRPD and Coroner’s investigations on Holly Moore cause of death

At the request of Castle Rock Police, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has reviewed, for more than a year, multiple reports regarding the cause of death of Castle Rock resident Holly Moore. Recently, CBI released its report agreeing with investigators. Moore’s cause of death has been ruled a suicide.

 

Moore’s body was found by a roommate in her home in 2015. Castle Rock Police and the Douglas County Coroner’s office conducted two separate, but concurrent, investigations. Both investigations determined there was no evidence of criminal activity related to Moore’s death. 

 

The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office was asked by Moore’s family to review the investigations. The DA’s investigators and senior prosecuting attorneys also found there was no evidence of a crime. The office also confirmed the Castle Rock Police investigation was not deficient. The DA’s office did not recommend any further investigation into the case.

 

Because of the family’s reaction to that ruling, Castle Rock Police requested the CBI conduct a peer review of Moore’s death. CBI reviewed the police investigation, the coroner investigation, a private investigation commissioned by the family, and a private autopsy also commissioned by the Moore family. CBI concurred with the local law enforcement’s investigations and ruled Moore’s cause of death as suicide.

 

“Our hearts truly go out to the Moore family,” said Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley. “As officers and first responders, we are always saddened when investigating cases of suicide. I am very confident in our investigators’ work and know that suicide touches a lot of families, friends and loved ones. This heart-breaking situation reminds us all to watch for the warning signs of suicide and encourage those in need to reach out for help.”

 

If you have a loved one whose behavior seems new, destructive, or related to a painful event, loss or change, there are some warning signs that will help determine if that loved one is at risk for suicide.

 

Some of those warning signs are:

· Talking about wanting to die or kill themselves

· Researching ways to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun

· Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

· Talking about feeling trapped or a burden to others

· Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

· Acting anxious or agitated, behaving recklessly

· Sleeping too little or too much

· Withdrawing or isolating themselves

· Extreme mood swings

 

If you, or someone you know, exhibit any of these warning signs, please seek help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free number, 1-800-273-TALK(8255).

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Dry weather causes Town to implement fire restrictions

The wildfire in Boulder County is a reminder that winter in Colorado can be dry. With safety and fire prevention in mind today, the Town of Castle Rock implemented fire restrictions.

Acting on authority granted by Town Council, Town Manager David L. Corliss and Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales implemented the Stage 1 restrictions.

Under Stage 1 restrictions, there shall be no:

  • Open burning of any kind
  • Use and sale of fireworks

However, fireplaces within buildings are allowed. Also allowed under the restrictions are:

  • Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grill fires within developed residential or commercial areas, and fires within wood burning stoves
  • Chimineas, fire pits, and charcoal smokers on private property away from combustibles
  • Professional fireworks displays
  • Fire suppression or fire department training fires
  • Tiki torches, or small recreational fires at developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths not in excess of 4 feet

The Fire Chief or Town Manager can impose higher-level Stage 2 restrictions if conditions warrant. Check CRgov.com/firebans for any updates regarding the current restriction level.

People found to be in violation of the Town’s fire restrictions are subject to punishment of a $1,000 fine, 180 days in jail or both.

Inquiries regarding the current status of fire restrictions in Town should be directed to the Fire Chief’s Office, 303-660-1066.

 

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Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of former Lt. Gov. Mark Hogan

DENVER — Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, Feb. 22, on all public buildings statewide in honor of former Colorado Lt. Gov. Mark Hogan, who died last week. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Hogan died on Feb. 12 of natural causes. He was 86 years-old. He is survived by his wife, Linda; five children, a stepdaugher; and 16 grandchildren. His funeral was held Feb. 17 in Greenwood Village.

Hogan served as Lt. Gov. from 1967-1971 under Gov. John Love. He was elected twice to the Colorado House of Representatives. He also served as the chairman of the Colorado Democratic Party in 1979 and 1980. He was a real estate agent and developer.

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Ridgeline and Philip S. Miller Park trails

100% dry and in great shape!

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Castle Rock Police want public’s help in search for three robbery suspects

Castle Rock Police is searching for three suspects after a robbery and attempted carjacking earlier today in the 4700 block of Highway 86.

Douglas County Sheriff’s office received the call at around 10:15 a.m. Police say the victim stopped along the highway to help a woman in apparent distress. After stopping, the victim was confronted by two men. The men forcibly took the victim’s money, watch and sunglasses.

The victim drove himself to an urgent care facility to be treated for minor injuries. 

Because of the location of the crime, Castle Rock Police are taking over the investigation, and are asking for the public’s help to find the suspects.

The suspects are believed to be driving an older, dark-green, two-door Cadillac possibly with Colorado license plates. The car was last seen driving east on Highway 86.

The three suspects are described as a 20-25 year old woman of medium complexion with curly hair, wearing a white shirt and jeans; a 20-25 year old Hispanic or Pacific Islander man with dark skin and a tattoo design on the side of his face, wearing a dark-colored shirt; and a 20-25 year old man with brown hair and a goatee, wearing a blue shirt with a cartoon character design. 

The details of the crime are still being investigated. The victim has been treated and released from the urgent care facility. No other information is available at this time.

If resident spot the suspects, Police are asking that they call 911.

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Help Colorado bluebirds find true colors with volunteer monitoring program

For many outdoor enthusiasts, the sounds of rustling leaves, flowing streams and chirping birds are all part of the nature experience. Help make sure a key element of Colorado’s outdoor life is alive and well by volunteering for the Town’s Colorado Bluebird Program.

Volunteers are needed to help with weekly monitoring of nest boxes and collecting valuable breeding activity information of Colorado bluebirds. Find out more at an open house from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park.

The Colorado Bluebird Project operates under the guidance of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. The volunteer-run, citizen-scientist project aims at improving the vitality of bluebird populations throughout Colorado. The program depends on public volunteers to help with its success.

Since 2007, the program has consistently expanded to include nearly 170 next boxes at 30 different Castle Rock locations. Weekly monitoring of these nest boxes generally takes place from April through August.

“Colorado bluebirds are one of the birds native to our area,” said Natural Resource Specialist, Barbara Spagnuolo. “Helping improve their populations only helps strengthen our community’s ties to the environment around us.”

Interested in learning more about the program or finding out how to put a nest box in the backyard? Attend the open house and/or a nest-box monitor training to find out more. The program is suitable for families and volunteers of all ages. 

The monitor training is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the Public Safety Training Facility, 1335 Park St.

More information about the program – including guidelines, next box locations and volunteer sign-up forms – is available at CRgov.com/bluebird.

 

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Red Flag Warning signals higher fire dangers

Strong winds, low humidity and dry conditions have much of Douglas County under a Red Flag Warning through 5 p.m. Wednesday. Castle Rock Fire and Rescue is urging residents to be aware of increased fire dangers.

While fire restrictions are not officially in place, the day’s wind and dry conditions have officials concerned about a higher risk for wildfires. One spark or ember is all it takes to start a major brush fire.

During windy conditions, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue is asking the community to be extra careful with outdoor fires. If possible, avoid using fire pits, charcoal grills or other open fires while under a Red Flag Warning. Also, never leave an outdoor fire unattended.

“Please understand that these seemingly safe activities can be very dangerous during Red Flag conditions,” said Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales.

A Red Flag Warning means critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. Additionally, the warning indicates that if a fire were to start, it would be capable of spreading quickly.

The Red Flag Warning is set to expire today at 5 p.m.

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Work begins at Festival Park; Second Street closes week of Feb. 20

It’s where major holidays have been celebrated, community events have been held and family memories have been made. But soon, Festival Park will be even more. Big changes are in store for this treasured landmark of Downtown Castle Rock. Work is set to begin this week.

Town Council approved a plan last year to reconstruct the park. The Town, Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown Merchants Association are working together with the goal of enhancing the park into a modern public gathering place. Over the next few weeks, work will officially begin. 

Some important dates to keep in mind:

Week of Feb. 6 – construction fencing will go up around the park; additionally, a portion of parking on the south side of Second Street will be closed

Week of Feb. 13 – construction of a new one-way entrance into the business parking lot on the northeast corner of Second and Wilcox streets will begin

Week of Feb. 20 – Second Street will be permanently closed; additionally, the alley that runs between Second and Third streets will become permanently one way from the south to the north

To mark the start of construction, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24.

Stay up-to-date on construction – signup for biweekly updates with the Festival Park email list at CRgov.com/notifyme. As with any construction in Colorado, timelines are variable and dependent on weather.

It’s also important to note, as of Thursday, Feb. 9, the portion of Sellars Gulch Trail that runs through Festival Park will be closed during construction. A half-mile detour will be available. More information on the project and detour is available at CRgov.com/FestivalPark.

Once complete, Festival Park will include a landing pavilion, fire pit, splash pad, great lawn and creek-side picnic area. Additionally, stream stabilization along Sellars Gulch will be included in construction.

The $6.9 million park-improvement project includes funding from both the Town and the Downtown Development Authority. The project has multiple funding sources including the Conservation Trust Fund, allotments from the Parks and Recreation Capital Fund, Stormwater Fund, unobligated General Fund and Downtown Development Authority sales and property tax TIF funding mechanisms.

Planning for these improvements was a vision some time ago. In 2008, Downtown businesses voted to increase their property taxes to help pay for Downtown improvements projects like Festival Park.

Construction is planned to be complete before the end of the year.

 

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Acreage burned update – Joint efforts of 25 fire units work to contain brush fire

The 22 acre brush fire that started today around 12:30 p.m. has been contained. With the assistance of additional fire crews totaling 25 units from Castle Rock, Franktown, Larkspur, South Metro, Jackson 105, and Douglas County OEM, the South Lake Gulch fire was fueled by land covered in scrub oak and hay fields. Wind conditions also played a role in the advancing of the fire, as the winds crews sustained were at 25 to 30 miles per hour.

The brush fire, estimated to be more than 22 acres is now in the mop-up stage with fire fighters working to extinguish hot spots. The privately-owned property did not have any buildings or animals in the area. Crews will be on scene, working to ensure the area is safe for the remainder of the afternoon.

Lake Gulch road will remain temporarily closed while crews continue to work. The cause of the fire is believed to be an electrical transformer. IREA is on scene.

There are no injuries reported. No more information is available at this time.

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