EX-OFFICER ARRESTED IN EMBEZZLE CASE
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