Acting on a tip from a citizen, the Paonia Police Department was able to solve a burglary of a Paonia residence that occurred in June, 2018. Following an investigation, a search warrant for a residence in the county resulted in recovery of more than $6,000 in jewelry taken in the 2018 burglary, according to police chief Neil Ferguson. An arrest warrant for Tierra Ogle, 30, whose last known address is in Florida, was issued.
According to the Paonia Police Department, between March 1-15, officers responded to 36 calls resulting in three traffic citations, one citation for trespassing and one citation for a traffic accident. A citation was issued in response to a March 7 report of trespass on Grand Avenue. Two traffic citations were issued on March 3, and a third traffic citation was issued March 14, all on traffic stops made on Second Street.
The traffic accident occurred on March 2 in the 1200 block of Third Street. Ferguson said the driver swerved to avoid a deer, causing the vehicle to go off the side of the road, resulting in damage to the vehicle, but no injuries. The driver was issued a citation. The Police Department reminds the public that, due to this year's influx of deer within town limits, drivers should watch for animals in the road and resist swerving to avoid them.
On March 5 officers responded to a report of shoplifting at Don's Market. Officers also responded to two reports of fire. On March 4, a problem related to the town's recent water problems triggered a false alarm on Vista Drive; on March 5, the Police Department and Paonia Fire Department responded to an electrical fire on Dorris Avenue. "The residents thought quickly and turned off the breakers," which helped to contain the fire and prevent further damage, said Ferguson.
The public is reminded that charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.