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COUNTY» The JEF­FER­SON for­mer sec­ond in com­mand at the Mor­ri­son Po­lice Depart­ment has been in­dicted on crim­i­nal charges by a grand jury.

An­thony Paul Joiner, 38, is ac­cused of steal­ing more than $132,000 from the town be­tween De­cem­ber 2010 and Fe­bru­ary 2016, ac­cord­ing to a dis­trict at­tor­ney’s news re­lease.

The grand jury re­turned a 29-count in­dict­ment against the for­mer lieu­tenant, in­clud­ing charges of theft, at­tempt to in­flu­ence a pub­lic ser­vant, em­bez­zle­ment and forgery.

Joiner’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties with the depart­ment in­cluded mak­ing bank de­posits, as­sign­ing ex­tra duty con­tracts and ar­rang­ing cell­phone con­tracts for the town’s em­ploy­ees, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. He also acted as the depart­ment’s fleet man­ager.

Ac­cord­ing to an in­dict­ment, Joiner cre­ated and over­saw a depart­ment ac­count, the 5280 Po­lice Mo­tors Me­mo­rial Fund. Joiner is ac­cused of mak­ing nu­mer­ous de­posits of town funds to the ac­count and us­ing the money for per­sonal ex­penses.

Sev­eral of the al­leged theft and em­bez­zle­ment amounts are in the $5,000 to $10,000 range.

Kayaker who drowned in the Yampa River is iden­ti­fied.


MON­U­MENT» A 66-year-old man who drowned in the Yampa River when his kayak hit a rock and flipped has been iden­ti­fied. Michael Brinks of Craig was on a two-per­son pri­vate trip us­ing an in­flat­able kayak Satur­day in Di­nosaur Na­tional Mon­u­ment when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the mon­u­ment.

The crash hap­pened about 2 p.m. in the Tepee Rapid. Brinks, who was re­ported to be wear­ing a per­sonal flota­tion de­vice, didn’t resur­face. Af­ter the craft cap­sized, the sec­ond kayaker pad­dled 24 miles down­river to Hells Canyon Ranch to re­port the in­ci­dent. Brinks’ body was spot­ted Sun­day morn­ing by he­li­copter.

Shots fired dur­ing Ar­vada home evic­tion; sus­pect in cus­tody.

Gun­shots were fired Tues­day af­ter­noon in Ar­vada dur­ing a home evic­tion. The in­ci­dent hap­pened in the 5900 block of Gar­ri­son Street, ac­cord­ing to the Jef­fer­son County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. Shots were fired at a deputy, the sher­iff’s of­fice said, and the deputy re­turned fire. The deputy was not hit or in­jured. The man be­ing evicted, who fired at the deputy, bar­ri­caded him­self inside the home. The man was taken into cus­tody a short time later.

Long­mont to pay $10K to $15K to in­ves­ti­gate coun­cil ha­rass­ment claim.

LONG­MONT» The city es­ti­mates it will spend $10,000 to $15,000 to in­ves­ti­gate sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing City Coun­cil mem­bers, of­fi­cials said.

The Times-Call dis­cov­ered on July 11 that the city hired Den­ver law firm Gor­don & Rees Scully Man­sukhani to in­ves­ti­gate “al­le­ga­tions of ha­rass­ment against fe­male city coun­cil mem­bers by male city coun­cil mem­bers.”

Two coun­cil mem­bers — Bon­nie Fin­ley and Brian Ba­gley — have said they sus­pect the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated. Ba­gley added that he thinks the al­le­ga­tions of ha­rass­ment are re­lated to a set of dis­agree­ments he has had in open meet­ings with Coun­cil­woman Joan Peck. — Staff and wire re­ports

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