Routt County sheriff hopefuls have 4 years of history

Missteps play into campaigns for sheriff

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Gary Wall, left, and Garrett Wiggins will face off in November's Routt County sheriff race.

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■ Learn more about Gary Wall at www.sheriffwallforsheriff.com.

■ Learn more about Garrett Wiggins at http://www.facebook.com/wigginsforsheriff.

— Since the last election for Routt County sheriff, the two candidates who faced each other in 2006 have done good works and bad and had their names tarnished by missteps. They now prepare to face each other once again in November.

Gary Wall and Garrett Wiggins will stand on their accomplishments as they try to woo voters, but their public mistakes also will play into the election.

A rundown: Wall, the current sheriff, was arrested and convicted in 2007 for driving while ability impaired, and he often has publicly clashed with other officials, including Wiggins. Wiggins is commander of the All Crimes Enforcement Team, and two officers under his command were arrested and convicted for wrongdoings on the job, and he was caught in court with a miscount in the amount of drugs a drug dealer was accused of holding.

Wall refused to allow Colo­rado State Patrol troopers to test his blood alcohol level after he was pulled over Oct. 27, 2007, at Walton Creek Road and U.S. Highway 40. The trooper reportedly pulled Wall over because he did not dim his headlights. Wall has since said he regrets not having his blood alcohol content tested that night.

Wall was driving his county-owned vehicle when he was pulled over, and a jury found him guilty of DWAI.

Wall’s license also was suspended for one year, despite two appeals by Wall. He took the time during an interview leading into the election to bring up the subject.

“It was a humiliating experience. There were mistakes made. It happened three years ago. It was reported in great detail by the paper, and there probably isn’t anybody who has followed that who hasn’t formed an opinion,” Wall said. “I don’t have any more to say about it.”

Wall said Friday that he has added information about the event to his website, www.sheriffwallforsheriff.com, and if voters ask him about the incident, he will pass out copies of what’s on the site.

Wall also has clashed with public officials (usually about budgets, though he has not exceeded his), but none so personally as with Wiggins. Also on his website, Wall includes letters he has written to Steamboat Springs Police Chief JD Hays about why he does not want the Sheriff’s Office to rejoin the multi-agency ACET.

In one letter, he cites the cases of Ken Johnson and Bob Brabo, the two officers who were convicted for professional misconduct, and takes aim at Wiggins’ command of the office.

“Garrett Wiggins, and ACET, under his command, continue to misuse the power of law enforcement to do their job,” Wall wrote in his most recent letter, dated Dec. 10, 2009. “I have knowledge of confidential informants, personally screened by Wiggins, under the supervision of ACET, commenting crimes while under contract with ACET. I can not, in good conscious associate the Office of Sheriff with either Wiggins or ACET in the future because of these troubling cases.”

Wall has a section of his website devoted to the three letters and documents from an investigation into Wiggins.

Learning experiences

Wiggins described his missteps as something he has learned from, and he said he was disappointed in his officers’ actions.

“Those have been learning experiences,” he said during an August interview. “Those individuals made some poor choices, and they made those choices on their own, which reflected negatively not only on themselves but on the task force and their agencies.”

Both men worked for the Craig Police Department under Wiggins’ supervision. Wiggins is employed by the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

“One of the things I’ve lear­ned is even though you trust people with your life and you trust people to a degree that you would almost trust your own family members, people still have a tendency to let you down and make choices that reflect negatively on their department and on the task force.”

Wiggins also ran into trouble while on the witness stand during the prosecution of Jose Orduno-Acuna. He was asked to add up the amount of methamphetamine and found that it didn’t match the weight he listed in a report and did not meet the requirements for a special charge prosecutors were trying to get.

Wiggins said the mistake happened when he mixed up gross weights and net weights listed in his officers’ reports.

“It was all factual. My report is factual. That was a very big, detailed case, and there were a lot of reports,” he said.

He said when he wrote down the weights, he used the gross amounts that include the weight of the drugs and the packaging. When asked to count up the amounts in trial, it was a question about the net weight — just the drugs.

He said he was not trying to get additional charges in the case, those were added by prosecutors, and it wasn’t until he got back to his office and looked over the reports that he realized where the discrepancy came from.

“At that point in time in court, I couldn’t remember,” he said.

He said he has heard some other allegations, but calls them “baseless,” and said his high conviction rate — he lists it at 98 percent — would not be possible if he were breaking the law as Wall contended in his letter.

Wiggins, using a Facebook page for supporters at http://www.facebook.com/wigginsforsheriff, also has several endorsements from local law enforcement officials, including Hays, District Attorney Elizabeth Old­ham, Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz and Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch.

Forum

The men will have the chance to answer questions from the public at a forum today in North Routt County. All candidates are invited to the forum from 4 to 6 tonight at the North Routt Fire Station No. 1, on Routt County Road 129 in Clark.

Comments

ftpheide 3 years, 7 months ago

Here it is afternoon and still no comments. I've got something to say. Most of Sheriff Wall's complimentary letters are from people that can't believe they didn't get speeding tickets. As far as his "Issues" he blames the news paper for fasely reporting his being rude to the commisioners. The Steamboat Police Department, The D.A.'s office ,Hayden police and Craig's law enforcement are supporting his opponent. His DWAI he chooses not to further comment on that subject. His undersheriff needs to travel to Utah to get his office furniture. What happened to "buy locally?" His shopping trip cost Routt County a bunch because apparently he can't drive. Wall wants to protect citizens constitutional and civil rights. So he illegally and forcefully enters two homes in South Routt. That didn't work out very well for him. He doesn't answer for his mistakes. Other important law enforcement agencys don't want to work with him. He choses not to comment when he screws- up. He's scary!

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aichempty 3 years, 7 months ago

Dwight Wiggins stated right out plain there for everyone to see that his error was in trusting people. That's what supervision is supposed to be for . . . to make sure people are doing their jobs correctly. Trusting people around here to do the right thing is a waste of time, and that includes everyone from neighbors to kids to spouses to employees to employers.

Part of "trust" is dealing with people who demonstrate the dedication and openness to prove they can be trusted. Trust is not hoping for the best until you get screwed -- at least it's not the second time around unless you are really, really stupid. You can only trust people who demonstrate there is no reason to mistrust them.

From what I read in the Pilot, Dwight Wiggins has done nothing significant to make my life better since the last election. The fact that Sheriff Wall does not trust him does mean something, and in fact, Wall's mistrust has been justified by the wrongdoing we've seen in the ACET officers whose misdeeds have been made public.

If Wiggins cannot get the weights of confiscated drugs right, does he have the capacity to do anything involving numbers? 98% conviction says that 98 out of 100 people were convicted.

How many have been arrested? There's no way to get a 98% conviction rate unless you have arrested at least 50 and 49 were convicted. 24 of 25 is 96%. 19 out of 20 is 95%. 9 out of 10 is 90%. 4 out of 5 is 80%. So, what's the real number? Why should we trust what you say?

The worst thing a police agency can do is refuse to investigate crimes and refuse to enforce the law. That's what we used to have in Routt County. I want to hear Wiggins' plan for how he's going to do a better job enforcing the law than Sheriff Wall has done. Nothing else matters. Does Wiggins expect us to "trust?" him.

Put the names of people who were convicted in writing, tell us what they were charged with, and post it all on your website, Dwight. Prove we can trust you. If it's true, what's the harm? Convictions are a matter of public record. Lay out the data and prove it. ACET should have all those records, right? Give me a reason to vote for you, and I will.

I'm actually on your side. I'd really like to see a lot of drug traffickers and users busted and run out of town. It's a huge problem that the general public doesn't seem to worry about. I'd just also like to know that your deputies are not going to tell me to hire a lawyer when the laws the RCSO is supposed to enforce are being broken. Loose dogs, trespassers and people plowing snow from their driveway across the road onto mine are real problems too, and the Sheriff needs to pay equal attention to all of them, not just the speed-bleed-weed crimes that are all exciting and stuff.

If I'm going to vote for YOU, what are you going to do for ME? That's what this election is about.

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sledneck 3 years, 7 months ago

My vote for the favors you can do for me. That seems to be what every election has devolved into.

What is a yellow-dog democrat? It's someone that would sooner vote for a yellow dog than a republican.

Well, I'm a yellow dog libertarian. I'd vote for a yellow dog before I'd vote for a DUI cop.

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aichempty 3 years, 7 months ago

Notes to self:

Add "Garrett" to spell checker! :-)

Don't let inside jokes get onto the Pilot forum ever again.

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ftpheide 3 years, 7 months ago

Sled, I think he bargained his DUI down to a DWAI. You know he refused to take the mandatory alcohol testing and all. We would have been hauled off to jail but that wasn't a requirement for him. Did the tax payers have to pay for his attorney? Aich isn't going to like that! Isn't he still trying to get the tax payers to pay another attorney's fees for his refusal to accept wage adjustments during a recession? He is a spoiled little 69 year old!

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aichempty 3 years, 7 months ago

Hmmmm . . .

Garrett Wiggins

Gary Wall

Why don't we just call them "good Gary" and "bad Gary" from now on and you can decide which one you mean in your head.

They won't even have to change the monogram on the hand towels in the bathroom.

I've enjoyed Gary Wall's time in office. He made my life better by making my community more peaceful and aware of the laws that govern everybody on our roads and public areas. After the dust from the DUI scandal settled down, there was not much to complain about around here regarding the operation of the RCSO.

Garrett Wiggins seems to put a lot of value in the word, "trust." If he is elected, I'm going to trust him to do the right thing as defined by the laws he will be sworn to uphold.

The voters did the right thing for Steamboat 700. I think we can trust them to do the right thing for the Routt County Sheriff's office too.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 7 months ago

ftp, I can find no evidence that taxpayer paid for Gary Wall's attorney for his dwai case. Why post that sort of lie?

I don't doubt Wiggins 98% conviction rate. Presumably, that includes the people that take a plea deal and so might even include people that accepted probation. Though, if we are to view a 98% conviction rate as important then what should me make of a bad officer rate apparently more than 15%? So if he becomes Sheriff we should expect 10 cases of bad officers with a 98% conviction rate of other criminals?

My lingering criticism of Wiggins supervision of ACET is that the external review by an experienced CBI officer did not say the issues were merely a question of misplaced trust, but also included practices prone to corruption. I have not heard him say why he had a "hot cash" program. A program which the review said was a bad idea from all aspects from creating ease of corruption to putting officers in dangerous situations without management knowledge or oversight.

I am concerned that Wiggins seems confident that he has done so well at ACET and does not appear to acknowledge his mistakes. Sheriff is a much bigger job and if he has issues with seeking advice and looking critically at himself and his policies then he could be a really bad Sheriff.

I think the best grade that Wall as Sheriff can get is a B-. Wiggins can easily get an A for his personal conduct, but I am not convinced he has learned enough as a supervisor that he'd easily get a good grade for supervising the Sheriff's dept. I'd like Wiggins to explain the history of hot cash and what he learned from it. His insipid election website that is more appropriate for running for high school cheerleader does not help.

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ftpheide 3 years, 7 months ago

Scott, Read my comment again. I asked if the taxpayers paid for his attorney? No lie was posted. It was a question!!!

I agree with aich- the voters made the right choice with the 700. Hopefully we will make the right choice for Sheriff as well.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 7 months ago

Is ftpheide a crackhead that wants Wiggins to be Sheriff so ftpheide can become a police informant while maintaining the crackhead lifestyle without fear of arrest?

By your standard, just asking a question.

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ftpheide 3 years, 7 months ago

I must of accidently embarrassed you by politely correcting your statement that I had posted a lie. Now you have become defensive. The answer to your question is "no".

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jerry carlton 3 years, 7 months ago

Scott I want to talk about Bustos again. Awhile back on a post you told me that he was in Utah getting a "unique" piece of office furniture. I responded and asked if the furniture was for his job or for his home? Did he pay for the damage to the county car? Was he disciplined internally for the episode? What kind of furniture is worth going to Utah for in a county car? The questions were and are endless. All we got from the paper and Wall was a coverup.

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tcb 3 years, 7 months ago

Wall's website is a joke. He states on it how he didn't submit to testing the night of his DUI stop should've...blah blah blah.....then goes on to link the article from Rob Douglas that seems to claim some sort of law enforcement conspiracy was involved. How did that whole conspiracy investigation go for you, Wall? You and OJ Simpson still looking for the culprits?

Earlier this year during a candidate debate at Moonhill, it was brought up that 3 of Wall's employees were operating their own personal business operating a concealed weapons carry class in Steamboat Springs. No big deal, right? Except that they were using their county-issued vehicles and equipment to run their personal business and were using county-issues cellphones and email addresses as contacts for their PERSONAL business. A complaint letter was sent to the commissioners about it and the commissioners replied saying that they had previously sent a letter to Wall about the same issue in 2008 already and they were dismayed that it was still continuing. Commissioners said they would again direct Wall to have his staff members discontinue....and gee, how about that.....the information on the website miraculously changed a few days later. Must be an election year, huh?

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ftpheide 3 years, 7 months ago

jlc, l will guarantee you Bustos wasn't disciplined internally. This is Wall's buddy from the "Vail Days". You'll never get the whole story on that office furniture and auto accident.That's something else Wall doesn't want to comment on. You can't blame the newspaper for a cover up. They only print what the Sheriff Office tells them. The taxpayers are Wall's employers. He has a duty to answer to them..

tcb, Wall's employees you mention,that were illegally profiting off County equipment for their personal bussiness were most likely Klinger, De Young and ?. Was it Mackay? Perhaps the Colorado Bureau of Investigations should look into this.

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tcb 3 years, 7 months ago

ftpheide;

the employees in question are Klinger, Deyoung and Curzon. For those doubters out there, I have the correspondence etc between the Commissioners and the person that filed the complaint(a friend of mine). I find it funny that Wall rails against Wiggins for failing to provide the proper oversight of his employees while Wall was doing the very same. He was warned about the misuse of county property in 2008, yet apparently chose to do NOTHING until recently(after a complaint was lodged). Amazing how things finally get fixed when an election is on the line. By the way, the information was forwarded to 9 News for investigation, also. Who knows what that will bring(if anything), but it's time the people learned what a hypocrite Wall is.

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John Fielding 3 years, 7 months ago

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The driving of the police car and carrying the service firearm while on personal business are not misuses of those county assets. In a great many jurisdictions officers are expected or required to do so for the very practical reason that it effectively puts them on duty without additional pay.

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ftpheide 3 years, 7 months ago

John, This is "pushing it" to the extreme. Are you saying if an officer does plumbing on the side, for extra income, he can use the squad car? If these three officers used and supplied county pistols, ammunition, ear protection, etc,for their own financial benefit- they have broken the law. Do these officers even have a state license to run this business? Are they paying taxes on this income? Now it's OK if Klinger wants to sleep in his bullet proof vest but lets face it the tax payers can't afford this other BS. We have milage fees to pay!

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ftpheide 3 years, 7 months ago

John, One more question. This loophole ,you spoke of, is this the reason why it was O.K. for the undersheriff to take a county vehicle to Utah? Was he still on duty?

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tcb 3 years, 7 months ago

these deputies were using county equipment to run their own personal business in the same way wall used his car in the commission of a crime(DUI arrest). apparently wall condones such behavior, but it is NOT to be tolerated by those of us who pay his salary. i am tired of both wall and wiggins, frankly, and don't think either one is capable of being sheriff. wall, though, has many more glaring issues as far as i'm concerned. his behavior(DUI)was criminal...and some of his staff are not too far behind.

i love wall's talk about "healthy" attrition as far as staff is concerned, yet it was unacceptable for the previous administration to have such attrition. i can tell you, folks, that he has terminated 2 employees this year who had patterns of ongoing behavioral trouble that had been reported to him by citizens and other police officers, yet he waited until it was an election year to terminate them. wall can talk all he wants about wiggins inability to manage, but it only makes him a hypocrite.

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aichempty 3 years, 7 months ago

ftp and tcb,

Please clarify it for me:

What, precisely, is the "law" broken by officers using county pistols, ammunition, ear protection, etc. for their own financial benefit? Ammunition would be an issue if they did not replace it at their own expense, but at the same time, firing pistols on the range requires ammunition for regular training and qualification. The value added by having these officers out in touch with the gun-toting segment of the community has some value to the law-abiding population as well.

When police officers are hired for private security and traffic control (such as directing traffic for churches on Sunday morning, or to accompany funeral processions), they do everything except fire off a few rounds for dramatic effect while using their government owned vehicles and equipment. Most government agencies allow employees to use computer systems for limited personal business such as some e-mail, and things like completing online educational courses or writing papers for school outside of normal working hours, at the discretion of the supervisor. Abuse is the criteria.

If you think these officers are evading taxes or don't have required licenses, then you should complain to the Colorado Secretary of State and Colorado Department of Revenue, and the IRS as well. The FBI might even get involved since the controversy would involve potential misconduct by law enforcement officers.

The previous administration let some rather serious violations of the law go unpunished. I know of a case where a deputy employed by the previous administration released vicious dogs to a friend, who then allowed them to run loose in a densely populated neighborhood, and resulted in an attack on a completely innocent bystander who was out for a morning jog. Another deputy allowed a person who threatened to shoot me in the back (left a recorded message on my answering machine, giving details) go free by failing to return the paperwork to the DA's office, resulting in a dismissal of the case. The undersheriff in that case advised me to carry a sidearm for protection since the RCSO was at least 20 minutes away, if I could get a call through to 911 on my cell phone from North Routt County. The previous administration refused to do anything about people violating county regulations on county-owned roads, declaring them to be a civil matter (a situation that had to be corrected by the county commissioners).

I completely understand how you would take exception to things that have a political overtone, but the situations I know about from personal experience are nothing but negative before Wall's election, and nothing but positive since.

I see nothing on Wiggins' facebook page except "support" from various citizens. Where is that detailed accounting of the 98% conviction rate claimed by Wiggins? If he's running on his record instead of, "I'm not Gary Wall," then where is the evidence to encourage me to vote for him?

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ftpheide 3 years, 7 months ago

aich, I know you had a several bad experiences with the sheriff's dept. before Wall was elected. That's what they were - bad experiences. Not laws broken. It hasn't been all positive since Wall took over. Wall isn't accountable for his actions or the actions of his personel. He acts like his and thier mistakes are none of are business. Most of his errors are do to his lack of experience and failure to be responsible. He refuses to learn! His famous quote " I have no more to say on that subject..." Wiggin's has answered for all of his errors. I'm sure it wasn't pleasant for him but he didn't run and hide. I voted for Wall at the last election. I made a mistake!

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aichempty 3 years, 7 months ago

Bad experiences?

How about gross negligence?

Didn't break any laws? How about obstruction of justice? Willful or not, that's what actually happened. Was there an investigation? Was anyone disciplined? Not that I ever knew about.

What about endangering the public by releasing vicious animals from the pound?

If Wiggins got his law enforcement experience from the SSPD, that tells me he comes from a department that doesn't bother with doing much to help victims of small crimes. It also tells me that he comes from a department that lays in wait to settle scores -- like the guy whose truck they spotted parked in front of the VFW about two weeks after he got his license back from a DUI suspension, let him get in and drive it about two blocks, and pulled him over for a second DUI that sent him to real jail (no probation). Why? Well, he was drunk, and he deserved what he got. However, the reason they were waiting for him was that he fought with them during a previous arrest, and they couldn't wait to get back at him. How do we know they confine their grudges to law breakers? And why do you think I've never been convinced that Wall was not set up for his own DUI stop? Because I know that's how some of the local folks settle a score.

Remember Wall saying he didn't want to have a department where his deputies were out to "get" someone?

If whoever is the sheriff was out to "get" all the criminals and drug traffickers in the county, I'd be 100% behind him. Our law enforcement agencies should be about one thing; enforcing the laws. Setting someone up to "get" him means they are simultaneously ignoring everyone else who may be doing something wrong. Is that why ACET only seems to make an arrest when they can make an undercover drug buy -- you know -- setting someone up?

Nobody says that Wiggins is not a good patrol officer. Nobody says he's not honest and well-meaning. However, what does he know about investigating anything? Can he understand what an economic crime is? Does he know what the word "extortion" means? Net weight was apparently something beyond his grasp until it became an issue in court. What does he know about the law beyond what his limited experience has taught him? Why is he a better choice than Wall? I've read nothing to convince me to take a chance on him.

I'm still waiting for confirmation of that 98% conviction record.

How hard can that be? It's public record.

So . . . ?

For the record, I did not support Wall in the last election and I did not vote for him. That was a mistake. I don't care if the cops don't like him. I haven't heard ANYONE else complain about the RCSO since the DUI fiasco, but ACET made the news a lot lately. So, given the choice, there's not much of a choice. Maybe four more years of ACET with a record of investigating and convicting a few people other than Mexicans, meth-heads and ACET officers is what Mr. Wiggins needs to get ready for the job.

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jerry carlton 3 years, 7 months ago

aichempty Man, I have only lived in Routt County for 13 years but if I had all the problems you had with the previous Sheriff I would have gotten out 0f Dodge.

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John Fielding 3 years, 7 months ago

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ftp In those jurisdictions the deputy could certainly carry plumbers tools, take the kids to school, or go shopping for furniture in the squad car. The officials believe that the presence of that marked car driving around will deter lawbreakers, and that if the officer observes a crime he will respond as if on duty. It seems to work quite well actually.

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aichempty 3 years, 7 months ago

jerry,

Everybody had those same problems. The rest of you just don't know it.

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ftpheide 3 years, 7 months ago

John, He was shopping in Utah. Wouldn't that be a bit out of his jurisdiction? Does are SO have power and authority in Utah? Keep in mind that alot of the citizens, that pay the undersheriffs salary, are now required to pay milage fees. All of the citizens,of Routt County, have to absorbe any insurance increases his accident may have prompted. I agree with you that having plumbers tool in a county vehicle is not a crime. My question was "if an officer,does plumbing on the side, for extra income". This is a misuse of the county's assets! These officers made extra personal income using county property!

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ftpheide 3 years, 7 months ago

aich, Why didn't you file a complaint with the County Commissioners when you were experiencing all those problems with the Sheriff Office. You could have even written a "Letter to the Editor' of the newspaper. With everyone was experiencing your same problems,your support group would have been endless. Wiggins does investigate. That's why his cases aren't tossed out of court.On Wall's one and only attempt, he forgot to investigate. He therefor didn't have any evidence for probable cause. I'm going out on a limb here and state "Wiggins is better at investigating". If the information you request is of public record - why wait any longer. Look it up! I don't have any comments on how we can get Wiggins to arrest lighter skined people. Hopefully the opportunity for him to do this will come soon and you will be happy.

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aichempty 3 years, 7 months ago

ftp,

The commissioners who were in office at the time also ignored the problem. That has changed for the better, and we are all very grateful for their efforts. It proves that a vote can make positive changes.

I sometimes ask myself why the County plows a whole mile of road that serves only one home, but then refuses to plow 2 or 3 miles of road that serve 100 or more homes. We pay taxes for road maintenance, and would gladly pay a little more if the County would put the private services out of business. My question is why private plowing of county-owned roads is even allowed. That seems like a misuse of government resources for private profit, because the County has no say in how much is charged and us homeowners are held hostage by the County, which requires emergency access, but then does nothing to provide it when it's really their job. Once the roads are built to County specifications at private expense and deeded over to the County, don't they have a responsibility to the taxpayers to provide the services we are paying for in our property tax bills?

Try going down to the courthouse and asking the clerks for a list of people who were convicted after being arrested by ACET. I dare you.

You can find public records on individuals if you have identifying information, but combing through the records looking for such nuggets is not something that you're normally going to be allowed to do, unless possibly you are an attorney. The general public can't just go down there and browse through the files.

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ftpheide 3 years, 7 months ago

Aich, Is that one home on a county road? Are those 100 plus homes in a private subdivision? If not call "road and bridge" under Routt County Government. If your not happy with their answer get ahold of the commissioners. I don't want to look up the ACET's arrest record. I'm not doubting them. If you find something deplorable get back with us. The clerk and recorder employees will help you with your search. If you try to obtain this information on line from your home there is a fee per search.Yes, that sucks!

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ftpheide 3 years, 7 months ago

Aich, While your in Steamboat looking in to Wiggins record- find out what happened to Lawrence Crawford Glueck age 61. He is an attorney, in Steamboat, that was arrested July 28, 2010. He was driving after dark with his headlight off. He was a duid, possession and drug paraphernalia . His wife is a school teacher in Steamboat. He has light skin. You may already know this but what ever came of the law suit between Wall and the county commissioners over Wall's legal fees. You know that $16,000.00 . Did the county get that dismissed? That would have been around April 10, 2010. Thanks!

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aichempty 3 years, 7 months ago

ftp,

I don't want to bust on you, so please take this as an observation and not an attack.

You don't know very much about how things really work, or you wouldn't be making the suggestions you've made.

Do you really think that one person calling Road and Bridge is going to do anything about getting the County to plow and maintain roads which they own (they were deeded over to the county many years ago), which were constructed to County specification by the developers (that's how it's done), which are free and open to the general public, which the County says must be plowed to allow emergency service access, and which they have been ignoring for years? Do you really think this is the first time the subject came up? No, of course not. We're just grateful at the moment for the RCSO enforcing the laws on the county roads. What would the County do if there was no private contractor doing their job? Maybe one of these days they'll have to deal with it and face up to the situation.

As for getting the people in the clerk and recorder's office to look up ACET convictions, wow, they have nothing to do with the court system. It's the people in the court offices (the clerks of the court, namely, the 14th District Court) who would have to do it. They work for the state, not the county. Like I said, go ask them. I dare you. You might ask the DA for the same information, but good luck with that one, too.

Someone who knows so little (and that's most people, by the way) coming out in support of a candidate does not carry much weight. Your political views are yours and that's fine. It's your right to support whoever you want. "Just because," is a good enough reason, but when the things you think you know are so far off base, it makes me believe you don't know much about the candidates either.

As for the attorney being arrested, okay, he was arrested if you say so. If he was not prosecuted, talk to the DA about it. If a judge dismissed the case, talk to the judge about it. How does any of that affect the SSPD, RCSO or CSP (assuming one of those agencies made the arrest)? I would guess it's a problem in the courthouse if somebody got a DUI swept under the rug.

As for the legal fees, if the County was not providing adequate legal advice and representation to the RCSO, maybe the expense was warranted. Maybe it's a sign that somebody was actually attempting to operate in accordance with the law.

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