Thursday, August 25, 2016

High Speed Chase and Fire near Genoa

Two suspects in Custody after lengthy chase, fire and manhunt. 

Investigation continues. 

By Will Bublitz

Two suspects were arrested after leading Lincoln County law enforcement officers on a high speed chase that caused a grass fire near Genoa late Monday afternoon, Aug. 22.

The suspects, a man and a woman, were finally apprehended hiding in a culvert. They are now facing multiple felony charges.

Monday’s incident began around 5 p.m. when Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy Tyler Yowell spotted a Ford F-350 pickup on Interstate 70 that matched the description of a vehicle reported stolen in Northglenn over the weekend.

“Deputy Yowell attempted to execute a traffic stop, but the suspects refused to pull over,” Capt. Michael Yowell, Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said. “A high speed pursuit ensued.”

The fleeing Ford F-350 exited I-70 at the Genoa exit and headed north of State Highway 109.

“The suspects’ vehicle continued speeding down the county roads and then across pastures between the town of Genoa and home of Charles and Jessica Hoffman (publishers of The Limon Leader and Eastern Colorado Plainsman),” Yowell said. “During the pursuit, a wildland fire was sparked. We’re 99 percent certain that fire was caused by the suspects’ vehicle.”

As the pursuit continued, law enforcement officers  began converging on the area and cordoned it off. In addition to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, officers from the Limon Police, Hugo Marshal’s Office and Colorado State Patrol responded to the scene.

“The Ford F-350 pickup ultimately got high centered and stuck on the railroad tracks a mile west of the Genoa Wonder Tower,” Yowell said. “Because  of the rugged terrain, the officers were not in the immediate area when the pickup came to a stop. The suspects fled the vehicle on foot.”

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Water Alert

***Attention Hugo Residents*** Earlier this afternoon Hugo Public Works notified Lincoln County Sheriff's Office that there was evidence of THC in the Town of Hugo's water supply.

We are asking everyone on Hugo water to avoid drinking, cooking, and bathing in Hugo Water.

At this time, Investigators are assessing the situation with state and federal authorities. Bathroom usage is still safe, but until more information is known to us, out of an abundance of caution, avoid drinking Town of Hugo Water.

Fresh water is on the way to the community.

The Sheriff will update everyone via Facebook and Twitter when it arrives.

Follow us on twitter: @LincolnCountySO with ‪#‎HugosWater‬

Hunting License Update

CPW reminds hunters of license sales dates, July 26, Aug. 2

DENVER - Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that over-the-counter licenses with caps and over-the-counter unlimited licenses are available for purchase beginning July 26 at 9 a.m. MDT, online, by phone 1-800-244-5613 or at CPW locations and license agents.

“A valid license is an important step in planning your hunt this and every year in Colorado,” said Cory Chick, CPW’s license manager. “A familiarity with CPW’s hunting regulations and brochures can help you decide on the right tag for the right location and appropriate rules to follow in those areas.” 
Leftover limited licenses (licenses remaining after the primary and leftover draws) go on sale in person and by phone Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 9 a.m. MDT. These licenses are available online starting at midnight on Aug. 3. MDT. The list of leftover licenses available for purchase will be available July 27 at

All purchases require a current and valid photo ID, proof of residency, social security number, and a Hunter Education card, unless the hunter was born on or before Jan. 1, 1949. Online verification requires input of the hunter education information located on the card and the state in which it was issued. Bring this card with you for in-person sales.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

General Aviation Month

Governor Hickenlooper Declares June

“General Aviation Appreciation Month”

The Alliance for Aviation Across America today thanked Governor John Hickenlooper for declaring June 2016 “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” Colorado’s general aviation airports contribute $2.4 billion to the state’s economy.

“Because of Colorado’s geography, general aviation is a critical lifeline linking the state’s communities and businesses,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “General aviation and community airports support the continued flow of commerce, tourists, and visitors to Colorado’s communities.  We thank Governor Hickenlooper for this proclamation and look forward to working with him to general aviation in the future.”

According to the proclamation:
“Colorado aviation activity sustains 265,700 jobs and a payroll of nearly $12.6 billion, a significant amount of which is contributed by our 60 general aviation-only airports.”

Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 6,300 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interests of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Two injured in fire

By Will Bublitz

An explosion rocked the Loaf ‘N Jug convenience store on Hugo’s main street last Friday, June 10 as one of its gas pumps went up in flames.

Two people at the gas pump were injured in the explosion and fire. They were rushed to nearby Lincoln Community Hospital for treatment.

“The initial 911 call came in at 12:44 p.m.,” said Capt. Michael Yowell of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. “We then had multiple 911 calls come in about the gas pump fire.”

Firefighters, rescue crews and vehicles from the Hugo Fire & Ambulance, Limon Fire Department, Limon Ambulance and Genoa Fire & Rescue were dispatched to the scene.

Before any of them arrived, Lincoln County Sheriff’s personnel as well as other county employees rushed to the Loaf ‘N Jug to provide assistance.

“They were at the annual County Employees Picnic being held outside the courthouse when we heard the explosion and the 911 calls came in,” Yowell said. “After we got there, the Public Health Office’s nurses triaged and assessed those injured at the scene. Members of the Lincoln County Detention staff assisted the State Patrol in handling traffic on Highway 40/287. The highway was closed for about 15 minutes.”

The Hugo firefighters arrived within minutes of the explosion. They were able to quickly extinguish the flames using fire-suppression foam.

“Immediately after the explosion, the Loaf ‘N Jug employees activated the emergency fuel stop to the pumps,” Yowell said. “Shortly after that, electricity was cut to both to the pumps and store. The convenience store’s employees and customers were evacuated from the building until after the fire was extinguished.”

A man and a woman from the Matheson area, who were injured in the explosion and fire, were treated and released later that same day from Lincoln Community Hospital.

A initial investigation by the Hugo Marshal’s Office believed the explosion resulted from static electric igniting gasoline fumes, but further examination has led its officers to believe there may be another cause.

“It’s still under investigation,” Chief Marshal Jesse Schier said. “I’ve contacted the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and discussed the incident with its fire safety investigator. He suggested contacting the Colorado Division of Oil & Fire Safety to request assistance. Hopefully, one of their investigators will be here later this week.”