On Friday, June 1, at approximately 5 p.m., the Delta County dispatch received a 911 call from the address of 4764 1900 Road. This address is located east of Delta in Peach Valley.
The initial 911 call was made by Christy Spinell, 26, stating her husband John Spinelli, 54, was out of control and in an altercation with Robert "Bob" Neirinckx, 76. Christy asked law enforcement to respond. A second 911 call came in to the communication center from Howard Fasick,75, giving the same information and stating that Neirinckx had Spinelli on the ground and was holding him there until law enforcement could arrive.
Shortly after 5 p.m., Deputy Jim Lester arrived on scene and observed Neirinckx restraining Spinelli on the ground. Neirinckx released his hold, Deputy Lester observed that Spinelli was not moving. Deputy Lester quickly realized Spinelli was not breathing and was not responsive. Deputy Lester began lifesaving measures and requested an ambulance.
A short time later Delta Ambulance arrived and took over lifesaving measures from Deputy Lester. Delta Ambulance was unable to revive Spinelli and pronounced him deceased.
Delta County investigator Kris Stewart arrived on scene and began the death investigation. Neirinckx was taken into custody and transported to the Delta County Memorial Hospital for minor injuries he obtained during the altercation. Neirinckx was released from the hospital and transported to the Delta County jail where he was booked for manslaughter a class 4 felony. His bond was set at $25,000.
This case is still under investigation.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.