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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

For Immediate Release
April 13, 2013
Lincoln County, CO


LINCOLN COUNTY, Colo. (April 13, 2013) – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant on Sat., April 13, to
seize nine horses from a property in the Hall Station area in lower Lincoln County. In response to a call from a member of
the community, a sheriff’s office deputy visited the site and found nearly a dozen emaciated and some injured horses,
including one mare with a five-day-old foal. Charges are pending and the owner(s) or care takers of the horses may face
nine counts of animal cruelty, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

The Colorado Humane Society (CHS) and the brand inspector assisted the sheriff’s office to remove the horses, which
will remain in the care of the sheriff’s office and CHS during the investigation. In addition to the horses removed, three
horses were being cared for adequately and appeared in good condition and the twelve remaining horses were able to
forage enough to sustain themselves. Officers will continue to monitor the property to assess if more horses need to be

Most of the emaciated horses were mares. One gelding had a large open wound on its hind leg and a body condition of
1, the lowest body weight condition on the Henneke scale, which is scored 1 to 9.  The horses were inspected by a
Veterinarian on scene. “I want to remind everyone who owns horses or other animals that in these drought conditions you
may have to cut your herds back, said Sheriff Tom Nestor.  I would rather you call for resources for animals you can’t
afford to feed than have to come and remove them.” Some available resources would be the Colorado Humane Society,
The brand inspector or your veterinarian.

“We’ve seen this type of animal abuse before,” said Katrina Schou, manager of field services for the Colorado Humane
Society. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what your reputation is in the horse community, it has been proven over and
over that law enforcement officers in this state will not tolerate animal cruelty.”

If you suspect animal abuse in your community, contact your local law enforcement or file an anonymous report with
Crime Stoppers, (720) 913-STOP (7867). Anonymous tips also can be reported online at http:
// or texted to 274637 (CRIMES).
May 24, 2013

Counterfeit bills passed along the I-70 Corridor

On May 13th, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to D-J Petroleum gas station in Arriba to take a report of Counterfeit
$20 bills that had been passed in exchange for gas.  These bills were believed taken the day before.  Surveillance video was
pulled to attempt to identify who passed the bills.  The clerk also recalled the vehicle that they were driving.  It was also learned
that a Colorado State Trooper had made contact with the possible suspects that same morning needing gas when the suspects
had actually called 911 for assistance to obtain gas.  After some research from identification information from the Trooper and
the 911 call earlier, it was determined who the three suspects were.   

Subsequent investigation revealed that the suspects had passed counterfeit money to at least two other locations in Limon, and
two locations in Adams County along the I-70 Corridor.

With the assistance of the US Secret Service in the investigation, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for the three
individuals for Conspiracy to Commit Forgery, and Forgery.   The three individuals are identified as:  Matthew Harl age 23, Chike
Etumudor age 26, and Ian Gregg age 23, and are from Oklahoma.

On May 18th, Matthew Harl was arrested on a traffic stop near Tulsa, Oklahoma. On May 22nd, Ian Gregg was arrested by
Tulsa PD and Secret Service after refusing to come out of his house.  Entry was made into the house and Gregg taken into
custody.  Etumudor was arrested in Oklahoma on May 23rd.   All three are awaiting extradition.

Lincoln County to utilize CodeRED Emergency Notification system

July 23, 2013

Lincoln County has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system
provides Lincoln County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county.

Sheriff Tom Nestor, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. "If your phone number is not in
the database, you will not be called." One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their
own phone numbers directly into the system's database, this is an extremely important feature.

“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Nestor said urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the Lincoln
County Sheriff website,, and follow the link to the "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" page. Those without Internet
access may call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (719-743-2426), Tuesday through Friday, (8AM-5PM) to supply their information over the phone.
Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number,
additional phone numbers can be entered as well.

All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the
past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.

Nestor explained, "CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls
are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to
provide relevant messages."

Nestor stated, "CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used
for emergency notification purposes." Questions should be directed to Captain Michael Yowell at (719) 743-2

Public should expect an informational phone call from “Code Red” within the next week, This will verify that the system works, as well as
prompt the public to register their phones.