On March 6, Cedaredge Police Department asked for an agency assist after a physical altercation between Officer Roy Spiker and Kent Church, 45, of Cedaredge. Church fled the scene but on March 10 was spotted parked on a back road near Aspen Trails Campground. Keeping Church in sight, the officer radioed for backup. Church reportedly spotted the additional officers as they were arriving, bailed out a window and took off running through the woods.
Delta County Undersheriff Mark Taylor says officers were able to track Church's footprints for some distance, but ultimately lost sign of him.
Assistance was requested from Montrose County Sheriff's K-9 unit, but the dog team was also unable to locate Church and he remains at large.
Church is wanted on an outstanding warrant for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, menacing and criminal mischief (a felony). Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 874-8810.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.