I'm used to the sound of gunfire in my neighborhood as I live near the duck blinds of Sweitzer Lake and the shooting range at the vo-tech school. And I'm not normally an alarmist. However, I was startled this morning shortly after daybreak by the sound of automatic gunfire coming from the direction of the vo-tech pistol range. I'm familiar enough with guns to tell the difference between the report of a 9 mm cartridge and a 223 NATO cartridge. This sounded like a full auto M-16 which raised questions in my mind. Are our local SWAT officers now armed with Army-type machine guns? If the local criminals are that dangerous maybe we all need machine guns? I've always felt so safe in Delta County...up till now.
At about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a robbery reported at Arby's, located at 107 Gunnison River Drive. An extensive search of the area was conducted and the suspect was not located.
The suspect was reported to have walked into Arby's and after a brief conversation with an employee, was able to leave the store with a small amount of cash and coins.