According to the Paonia Police Department, between March 15-31, officers responded to two incidents of driving under the influence, also known as DUI. The department's bi-monthly police report states that officers arrested individuals on charges of DUI on March 17 and March 29.
"People are starting to drink, starting to drive," Police Chief Neil Ferguson said in presenting the report to the board of trustees on April 9.
The department also made 11 traffic stops resulting in one verbal warning, two written warnings, and nine citations. Many of the violations were a result of drivers rolling through stop signs, said Ferguson. "We are heavily enforcing stop sign violations now."
When asked if bicyclists are getting ticketed, too, Ferguson replied that officers are stopping cyclists who disobey traffic laws. Cyclists cited for any violation are subject to the same fines and fees as motor vehicle drivers, but are not assessed points against their drivers license.
Officers issued a total of six verbal and two written warnings during the two-week period, including a citation on March 24 for a marijuana infraction in the 200 block of Grand Avenue.
Officers also responded on March 22 to a report of child abuse/negligence on Onarga Avenue, and a report of a sex offense on Grand Avenue. Both were determined to be unfounded.
On March 22, officers responded to a report of burglary on Delta Avenue.
Code enforcement efforts resulted in a written warning on Orchard Avenue, and a verbal warning in the 200 block of Grand Avenue.
All charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.