Briefing Room June 2012
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Magazine
Sheriff David A. Weaver June 2012 YOUR LOCAL HEROES DOUGLAS COUNTY—They saved lives and went above and beyond the call of duty. Meet 11 local heroes. SEE PAGE 3 FOR MORE ON “LOCAL HEROES” DCSO’s OPEN HOUSE-4TH OF JULY, 11am—3pm HIGHLANDS RANCH—Fingerprint your children, talk to SWAT members, maneuver bomb squad robots and tour the Highlands Ranch Substation this Fourth of July—for free. It’s happening at the Highlands Ranch Substation, 9250 Zotos Drive, Highlands Ranch on July 4th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. SEE PAGE 4 FOR MORE ABOUT “4TH OF JULY” GRAB YOUR TOOL BELT, ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES, GET OUT YOUR WALLET… PARKER—Help build a home for Retired U.S. Army Cpl. Nick Orchowski on June 30th. He broke his neck while on patrol in Baghdad after an improvised explosive device detonated and he was ejected from his vehicle. “I’m not going to lie. It was a terrifying experience,” says Orchowski. SEE PAGES 6 AND 7 FOR MORE ABOUT “BUILD A HOME” Douglas County Sheriff’s Office 4000 Justice Way Castle Rock, CO 80109 303-660-7505 www.dcsheriff.net Non emergency: 303-660-7500 Patrol: 303-660-7546 Jail Info: 303-660-7550 Traffic Safety Hotline: 303-660-7539 Case Tip Line: 303-660-7579 Community Resources: 303-660-7544 Records: 303-660-7545 Vision: To BE THE LEADER in public safety! Page 2 Message from the Sheriff: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!! There’s no better way to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 than with family and friends, barbeques, parades, fairs, picnics and, yes, fireworks. But before you light up those sparklers and black snakes, you’d better know what’s legal and what’s not in Douglas County—and understand how to use fireworks safely. WHAT’S LEGAL Cylindrical or cone fountains, wheel and ground spinners, illuminating torches and colored fire, dipped sticks and sparklers, toy propellant or toy smoke device, trick noise makers and snake or glow worms are all permissible. WHAT’S ILLEGAL Essentially, a good rule of thumb is fireworks that leave the ground or produce a loud bang are NOT considered permissible to use. A few examples may be; cherry bombs, roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets, shells and rockets, M-80s and M-100s, and helicopters. All other fireworks are considered illegal for use in the State of Colorado. Use of illegal fireworks in the unincorporated county areas is considered a class 3 misdemeanor and can be punished by a fine of up to $750.00 and/or imprisonment. FIREWORK SAFETY I recommend you “leave fireworks alone and see a professional display.” If you must use fireworks... • • • • • • Use the non-emergency phone number (303-660-7500) for fireworks complaints. Do not allow young children to play with fireworks under any circumstances. Sparklers burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing. Older children should only be permitted to use fireworks under close adult supervision. Do not allow running or horseplay. Light fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from houses, dry leaves or grass and flammable materials. Keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks that don’t go off. Do not try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away. Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Vision: To BE THE LEADER in public safety! Page 3 YOUR LOCAL HEROES “Extraordinary” “Excellence” “Saved a life” “Proud” On May 16th, Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver honored 11 men and women, employees and civilians, for giving it their best every day… and then some. • • • • • “I am truly humbled to be surrounded by a group of people that show true heroism and dedication on a daily basis. This makes me extremely proud to be the Sheriff of Douglas County.” — David A. Weaver, Sheriff Deputy Gerritt Kaufman, who suffered a serious line-of-duty injury, received the Sheriff’s Cross. Deputies Niles Ackerson and John Knoth received the Life Saving Award for exhibiting extraordinary performance that saved lives. Captain Attila Denes, Lt. Laurie Anderson and Deputy Ann Walton were honored with Meritorious Service. Lt. Adam Cataffo, Deputy Jay Martin and Deputy Kevan Carlson received a Sheriff’s Commendation. Specialist Julie Widmer and Citizen Leslie Clemensen earned the Deputy Ron King Community Service Award. Vision: To BE THE LEADER in public safety! Page 4 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Substation 9250 Zotos Drive Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 11:00 am to 3:00 pm KIDS! Meet our K-9 unit, talk to Deputies and get a Sheriff’s badge! See the new “Bear Cat” armored vehicle for the SWAT team to use in emergenCHILD SAFETY AND FAMILY FUN Fingerprinting for your children Substation tours every 15 minutes Free Sheriff’s Deputy badges for kids Talk to the SWAT team and Bomb squad Watch robot demonstrations Meet the K-9 Patrol Look through jail vehicles See the new “Bear Cat” armored car • • • • • • • • • • • • STAGE ONE FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY No open burning of any kind allowed No buying or using fireworks Fires in stoves and in fireplaces are allowed Tiki torches, small recreational fires in permanent fire pits or fire grates with flame lengths not in excess of four feet and which are supervised by a responsible person at least 21 years of age are allowed. Violation of these fire restrictions is a Class-2 Petty Offense, punishable by up to a $600.00 fine and a $22.00 surcharge. Vision: To BE THE LEADER in public safety! Page 5 LOOKING FOR AN INMATE? JUST CLICK ON WWW.DCSHERIFF.NET DOUGLAS COUNTY—Now there’s a quick and easy way to find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Douglas County Detention Center. Just go to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office website (www.DCSheriff.Net) and look for the “Inmate Services” tab on the left side of the page. After that, click on “Inmate Inquiry” and you’re on your way. Learn inmates’ booking numbers, bond amounts and offense dates. You’ll also be able to see pending charges against them in jail. FREE HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL ROUNDUP DOUGLAS COUNTY—Don’t know what to do with that old paint, automotive fluid and other household chemicals? Drop them off at one of three drive-through chemical roundups across Douglas County this summer and fall. The events are hosted by the Tri-County Health Department. • JUNE 16 at Parker Joint Services Center, 17801 East Plaza Drive, Parker 9am to 3pm • AUGUST 11 at Shea Stadium, 3270 Redstone Park Circle, Highlands Ranch 9am to 3pm • SEPTEMBER 15 at Town of Castle Rock Utilities, 175 Kellogg Street in Castle Rock 9am to 3pm The Roundups will take aerosols, paint and paint products, automotive fluids, house, garden and pool chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs and CFLs; items containing mercury; propane tanks (1-20 lbs); and passenger vehicle and pickup truck tires (removed from the rim). What’s NOT allowed: waste from businesses, radioactive waste, smoke detectors, scrap metal, oil drums, asbestos and explosives stronger than fireworks. Additionally, residents with waterbased, latex paint products are encouraged to dry the paint at home using absorbent (kitty litter, sand, dirt), and dispose of the dried paint with regular garbage. While the events are free, you’ll be asked for a $25 donation to help pay for the high cost of hazardous waste disposal, which private companies often charge $100 per house. Participants will be asked for a driver’s license, water bill, utility bill or phone bill to verify residency. Vision: To BE THE LEADER in public safety! Page 6 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! HELP LANDSCAPE A HOME FOR VETERAN ARMY CORPORAL NICK ORCHOWSKI PARKER--Can you plant flowers, dig holes and eat pancakes? Please join ‘Home For Our Troops,’ the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and many other volunteers on June 30th to landscape Corp. Nick Orchowski’s new home. There will be a hot pancake breakfast fundraiser too! Orchowski was on his first mission in Baghdad when his Humvee hit an improvised explosive device and he was ejected out of the vehicle. Orchowski broke his neck and couldn't move. Before he passed out, all he could think about was his new wife and unborn child. After multiple surgeries, Orchowski today can walk. He’s a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America and is grateful for everyone who’s helped build a home for his family. In May, Nick, his wife Jamie and two children Mikayla and Colton attended the opening ceremony of the Homes for Our Troops Build Brigade. For three days, more than 600 volunteers helped build the air tight seal of the home. Their house will be finished early August. On May 16th, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office recognized Nick for his services as a Military Police Officer in Iraq and for his service to the local community and fellow veterans. The Sheriff’s Office presented the family with a trip to Sea World and Disneyland in California! Donations came from Southwest Airlines, United Travel, Joy Travel, Enterprise Rental Car and others for the vacation. Nick and Jamie say “Thank you,” to each and every person who has helped build and raise money for Homes for Our Troops and disabled Veterans. WHEN: JUNE 30TH, 8:00AM until the job is done! WHERE: 3004 Coal Creek Street, Parker, CO 80138 BRING: Shovels, rakes, buckets, ice buckets, ice, gloves and work clothes. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER: http://hfot.volunteerhub.com/Events/Groups.aspx LEARN MORE: http://tinyurl.com/orchowski Vision: To BE THE LEADER in public safety! Page 7 The Sheriffâ€™s Office thanks all veterans and servicemen and women for their sacrifice. Vision: To BE THE LEADER in public safety! Page 8 NEW 12AM TO 5AM CURFEW TEENS MUST BE HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners has approved a new 12am to 5am curfew every day of the week, year-round, for teenagers across unincorporated Douglas County. The new curfew apthan 18. It has been and municipalities to uniform across exception of Larkfew. plies to anyone younger approved by most towns make the midnight curfew Douglas County, with the spur, which has no cur- Any teens out after midnight and before 5:00am must be with a parent, guardian or an adult older than 21. It’s also OK if the teenager is with an adult in a car, if they are headed to or from work, school or a school activity with an adult, if they are married or if they have written consent from their parent or guardian to be out during curfew hours. The new curfew should reduce the number of teens out loitering, fighting, and committing crimes late at night and in the early morning. Anyone who breaks the law and parents who knowingly let their teens stay out past curfew can be charged with a Class II Petty Offense. BOWLATHON RAISES $90,000 TO HELP ABUSED AND NEGLECTED KIDS DOUGLAS COUNTY—A Motley Crew of Douglas County Sheriff employees and their families went ‘all the way’ by raising nearly $4,000 in the 10th annual SungateKids bowlathon. Overall, the bowlathon raised more than $90,000. The money supports SungateKids, a special facility in the 18th Judicial District. SungateKids provides forensic interviews and support services for children who have been neglected or abused. The DCSO team also won a fundraising award for its donations. GO TEAM! Vision: To BE THE LEADER in public safety! Page 9 DOUGLAS COUNTY, TOWN OF CASTLE ROCK AND CITY OF LONE TREE RECEIVE AWARD FOR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver, Lone Tree Police Chief Stephen Hasler, and Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley DENVER—The Denver Regional Council of Governments honored Douglas County, the Town of Castle Rock and the City of Lone Tree with a Local Government Award for their Community Safety Volunteers programs. The award was presented at the regional council’s 2012 awards celebration May 2 at the History Colorado Center. The safety volunteer programs save taxpayers money and improve the level of service. Volunteers help with non urgent matters such as writing theft reports, traffic control and safety presentations. Residents have given more than 100-thousand hours of their time in the last six years. The agencies have 45 volunteers in their programs and 20 are about to begin the 7th CSV Academy. PUT THE PEDAL TO THE METAL Vroom! KIDS RACE-A-COP On June 2nd, high school students drag raced Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies at the Bandimere Speedway in Morrison . The Sheriff’s drag cars were hard to beat. Only one students crossed the finish line earlier. The Race-A-Cop program promotes positive interaction between police and kids through common interests like cars, speed and music. It works with the Douglas County School District’s automotive technologies programs to teach responsible driving and about the dangers of racing. Vision: To BE THE LEADER in public safety! Page 10 DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Things to do Calendar of Events Upcoming events at a glance June 2012 9th—Castle Rock Ducky Derby & Festival 11:00am to 5:00pm Perry & 2nd Street, Castle Rock. Ducks Race at 3:00. 9th—Parker Day Parade, Starts at 9:00am Parade travels along Main Street and Victoria in Parker. 9th—Donut & Bakery Sale in memory of Officer Jeremy Bitner to benefit his two children. 5:00am to 3:00pm, Lora’s Donuts & Bakery 11804 East Oswego Street, Englewood. 12th—Be a Hero/Need a Hero lunch; Group matches volunteers with people who need help. Douglas County Neighbor Network, 11:30am Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel, 9808 Sunningdale Blvd. $10 cost for lunch. Presented by the ‘Living Well in Lone Tree Speaker Series.’ 16th—Household Chemical Roundup 9am to 3pmJuly 2012 At Parker JointDouglas Services Center, 17801 East Plaza Drive, Parker 4th—Fourth of July County Sheriff’s Office OPEN HOUSE At the Highlands Ranch Substation 11:00am—3:00pm 9250 Zotos Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129. 30th—Volunteer Day & Hot Pancake Breakfast for Cpl Nick Orchowski 4th—Fourth of July Parade, Highlands 3004 Ranch Town Center Square 8:00am to 5:00pm, Coal Creek Street, Parker, CO 80138 9:00am to 10:45am, with F-16 flyover at 10:35am. August 2012 9th-12th—Douglas County Fair & Rodeo, Old Fashioned County Fair, Parade & Barbeque. Various times. Douglas County Fairgrounds, www.douglascountyfairandrodeo.com/ 11th—Touch-a-truck in Highlands Ranch. Kids can climb on, touch, and experience various vehicles. 10:00am to 4:00pm at Cherry Hills Community Church. 11th—Household Chemical Roundup 9:00am to 3:00pm At Shea Stadium, 3270 Redstone Park Circle, Highlands Ranch. September 2012 8th—South Metro “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk to prevent suicide 9:00am Registration, 10:00am Walk, Highlands Ranch High School. www.OutOfTheDarkness.org 8th—Mental Health, Criminal Justice Issues Symposium, 9:00am to 3:00pm Homeless, school violence, elderly issues discussion. University of Phoenix, Lone Tree Campus. 15th—Household Chemical Roundup 9:00am to 3:00pm Town of Castle Rock Utilities, 175 Kellogg Street, Castle Rock. Vision: To BE THE LEADER in public safety!