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What began as a protection order against Crawford citizen Carl Page by town clerk Cally Gallegos is now a protection order with the Town of Crawford as petitioner after Ouray County Court Judge Cory Jackson approved a motion to intervene Friday in a continued hearing at Delta County Court.

Page is represented by attorney Michael Vaughn, of Michael Vaughn Law Offices in Delta.

On July 22, Judge Jackson continued the hearing to Aug. 2, due to time constraints in calling multiple witnesses, and to allow the respondent more time to prepare his case.

The civil protection order was filed June 30 following a June 29 incident when Page went to Town Hall to request contact information for town trustees. Gallegos denied him the information and alleges she felt threatened when Page "blew the whole thing out of proportion." She also alleges that Page has bullied former mayor Susie Steckel and former town clerk Jackie Savage. Both attended the hearing.

No previous formal complaints or orders against Page have ever been filed by the town. Page has denied the allegations.

A motion to intervene was filed by James D. Brown of Brown and Camp, LLC. Brown has been the attorney for the Town of Crawford since 1978. Attorney Terry Camp represented the plaintiff at the hearing.

The motion allows the town to intervene in the protection order, citing Colorado Revised Statues 13-14-106 (7) (b), which states that if a judge finds an imminent danger exists to the employees of a business entity, a civil protection order may be issued in the name of the business for protection of its employees.

The order alleges Page has engaged in a "pattern of conduct whereby he has vented his anger and rage against" the town, its board of trustees and employees, "making it appropriate for entry of a civil protection order in the name of the Town of Crawford, as an employer, not only for the benefit of the Plaintiff (Gallegos), but for the benefit of its employees and officials, including all members of the Board of Trustees."

In reviewing the temporary civil protection order, Judge Jackson reduced the distance Page must maintain from the Town of Crawford from 100 to 75 yards. Page is allowed to attend town council meetings.

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