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Police calls include injured deer and criminal mischief

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According the Paonia Police Department, officers responded to 58 calls during the month of February. Officers issued two verbal warnings, five written warnings, five citations, and assisted other agencies on four occasions.

Traffic stops resulted in three written warnings and five citations, also known as traffic tickets.

On Feb. 28 officers responded to a report of criminal mischief at the Technical College of the Rockies campus on Fourth Street. Since juveniles were involved, details weren't available, said Paonia Police Chief Neil Ferguson.

During the month no burglaries were reported. Officers did respond to a report of a trespass on Grand Avenue on Feb. 28, which involved an un-welcomed party refusing to leave private property.

Officers responded to two calls about injured deer. At 3:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Delta County Sheriff's Office didn't have a deputy in the area and asked Paonia police to respond to a report of a deer that was attacked by another animal outside of town limits on Gunnison Mountain Lane. The animal was deceased when the officer arrived.

At 6:56 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, officers responded to a report of a deer tangled up in a fence on Rio Grande Avenue. That animal was injured and was put down, said Ferguson.

Both calls were "kind of unusual," said Ferguson. "But we've had an influx of deer calls this year."

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