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March 25, 2013This report is an executive summary of an extensive personnel investigation into allegations ofserious misconduct involving Boulder Police Officers Sam Carter and Brent Curnow. Somedetailed information is included, while other details have been excluded to protect informationbelonging to other agencies and/or the criminal case that has yet to be concluded.
FULL REPORT SEE HERE:
Some names have been redacted to protect department members’ personnel privacy rights. Investigative
reports on personnel matters are typically not made public. The decision to release this report
was made in the interest of transparency (to the degree possible) and due to the already public
nature of the incident, the degree of public concern expressed over the incident, and the fact that both officers are no longer with the departmentOn January 1, 2013, at approximately 2255 hours, Officer Sam Carter shot and killed an elk with
police issued shotgun on the corner of 9th and Mapleton while on duty. Officer Carter had
made prior arrangements with off duty Officer Brent Curnow to assist him in loading the elk in
Curnow’s truck for later processing. Officer Carter made no attempt to report that he had
discharged his shotgun or that he had killed the elk. (Officers sometimes have to euthanize
injured animals to prevent further suffering.) Officer Carter did not notify a supervisor, dispatch,
or file any reports about the incident.
On the morning of January 2nd, the department began to receive media inquiries about the killing
of the elk. The department had no knowledge of any officer involvement in the killing at that
time. The department continued to follow-up on reports that an elk had been killed by a Boulder
officer and learned on the evening of January 2nd that Sam Carter had killed the elk. The
department then began a preliminary internal investigation to determine the circumstances and
why Carter did not report the shooting to anyone. As information was developed, it became
obvious that there were serious questions around the circumstances of the shooting and the
actions of the officers involved.
On January 3rd, a formal Internal Affairs Investigation (IA) was initiated against Officers Carter
and Curnow (see attached complaints officially filed January 4th). Both officers were placed on
administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. At about the same time, a
criminal investigation was initiated by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife (CPW).
While information was shared with CPW, the investigations remained separate and distinct. The
goal of the department’s IA investigation was to determine whether Officers Carter and Curnow
had violated any department rules and/or policies. The criminal investigation was left to CPW
and eventually forwarded to the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. We did not conduct
a personnel investigation into the actions of Deputy Jeff George. That responsibility fell to his
employer, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.
On January 18th Officers Carter and Curnow were arrested and charged with multiple offenses
related to the elk shooting. On the same date, both officers were placed on leave without pay and
given appointments to report to the police department for their formal IA interviews on January BOULDER POLICE DEPARTMENT
21st. Rather than appear for their interviews as scheduled, their attorney Marc Colin appeared
and announced that both officers would resign effective January 22nd. Boulder Police continued to investigate to determine the facts and whether other employees were potentially involved. The department did not find any other violations of rules or policies by any other employees. Some employees had overheard statements by Carter and or Curnow about
wanting to get the elk, or shoot the elk. However, the context in which these statements were
made did not lead those employees to believe either officer would illegally or without
justification shoot the elk. Both officers were hunters, as were other members of the department,
and would often talk about hunting, so this type of conversation did not seem alarming. Often,
job related joking occurs at briefings to start the day, so it is not unusual to hear officers make
statements in jest. As one officer put it, Carter was always making brash statements in briefing
but never did any of the things he joked about. No one took him literally when he said he
wanted to kill the elk. Officer Curnow also reportedly teased a Sergeant about putting the elk
down as he knew that Sergeant was an animal lover.
The elk in question had been around Boulder for many months and was admired by many
officers. Some officers even took pictures of the elk due to its size and beauty. After the
shooting, the officers who worked with Carter and Curnow were shocked, disappointed, and
angry that they would do such a thing.
All of the information gathered during the investigation was provided to supervisors and the
department’s 12 member IA Review Panel, (six community members and six department
members). All reviewers were unanimous in recommending the allegations against Carter and
Curnow be sustained. Chief of Police Mark Beckner agreed with these recommendations and
entered a sustained finding in the personnel files of both Carter and Curnow.
None of the reviewers or panel members believed any disciplinary action was appropriate for any
other officer. The Chief of Police also asked specifically for feedback from supervisors and the
IA Review Panel in regards to some decision making on the part of two other officers. One
involved a post on a Facebook page about the elk and the other involved being more timely in
letting the department know of Carter’s involvement. The consensus feedback was that both
situations were best handled as learning experiences to be addressed through documented
counseling with supervisors. The Chief accepted this recommendation.
On Thursday, March 7, 2013, Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner will present 24 awards to police department employees and community members to recognize them for their outstanding efforts to keep Boulder safe. The ceremony will take place at the Public Safety Building, 1805 33rd Street, starting at 3:30 p.m.
Outstanding Citizenship Awards will be presented to Dylan John, George Derrington and Nicholas Bonn for their actions that led to the arrest of a serial burglar who confessed to more than 50 burglaries in the University Hill neighborhood. Keith Hayse will also receive an award for assisting police in apprehending an armed shoplifter.
Department employees being honored include:
Medal for Lifesaving
Officers Adrian Drelles, Ashly Flynn and Ryan McAuley for saving the life of a suicidal man.
Award for Excellence
Officer Scott Adams for reducing repeat calls-for-service by developing a partnership between property owners and managers and helping them problem-solve;
Detective Chuck Heidel for his continued efforts in investigating and solving serious crimes that include the cold case arrest and conviction of Michael Clark for the 1994 murder of Marty Grisham.
The Boulder County Drug Task Force unit, which is comprised of members of the Boulder Police Department, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Louisville Police Department, Erie Police Department and Lafayette Police Department for its work in solving two major drug cases. The investigations were lengthy and complicated and resulted in the arrests of major dealers in the region.
Police Chief’s Certificate of Commendation
Officer Don Schuler after he resuscitated a heroin overdose victim;
Dispatcher Jamie Burch for her patience and quick thinking while helping a young boy get medical assistance for his unconscious mother;
Dispatcher Don Jackson for his patience and fast reactions helping a foster mother assist her choking infant.
On Sunday, February 9, 2013 at 11:28 pm, the Boulder County Regional Communications received a report of an explosion and fire at 5479 Jay Road, just outside the City of Boulder. At 11:31 pm, Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff George was first on scene, to find the home on fire. A neighbor advised Deputy George that an elderly woman lived alone in the residence. Deputy George forced entry into the home and found 83 year old, Marvyl Holder on the floor in her bedroom.
The neighbor, John Walpole, followed Deputy George into the residence and assisted in removing Marvyl out of the residence. Boulder Police Officer Ed Burke, the second responder, assisted George in carrying Marvyl away from the residence just moments before a second explosion in the residence.
Fire personnel from Boulder Rural Fire, City of Boulder Fire, Rocky Mountain Fire, Lafayette Fire and Mountain View Fire responded and extinguished the fire. The Boulder County Multi-Agency Fire Investigation Team (MAFIT) will investigate first thing this morning, but preliminary indications are pointing towards a gas leak. The home is considered to be a total loss.
Marvyl Holder and Deputy Jeff George were both evaluated by paramedics from AMR Ambulance and found to be alright, suffering from only minor smoke inhalation.
The Boulder County Drug Task Force (BCDTF) and the Denver Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announce the conclusion of a significant investigation of a cocaine distribution organization operating in the Counties of Boulder, Weld, and Adams, and the City/County of Denver.
Today, 210 law enforcement personnel represented by the BCDTF, Denver Field Division of the DEA, Denver Division of the Internal Revenue Service, Boulder Police Department, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Louisville Police Department, Longmont Police Department, Adams County Sheriff’s Office, North Metro Task Force, and the Weld County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants of eleven (11) residences (5 City of Boulder, 1 City of Louisville, 1 City of Longmont, 2 Unincorporated Weld County, 1 Unincorporated Adams County, and 1 City/County of Denver), and the pursuit of twenty (20) suspects based on Grand Jury Indictments and Arrest Affidavits detailing over 300 Felony counts of Possession of a Schedule ll Drug, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule ll Drug, Conspiracy, and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon.
The seventeen-month investigation utilized various investigative techniques leading to the seizure of significant amount of cocaine. The accomplishment of the case is based on the partnerships of the BCDTF, DEA and the North Metro Task Force.
The efforts of this investigation will put a significant dent in the flow of cocaine into our local communities and hopefully make the communities safer.
DEA Special Agent Barbra Roach stated, “This investigation has cut off a pipeline from Mexico to Boulder that brought cocaine and weapons to our streets. Boulder and the surrounding communities are safer today due to the cooperative efforts of federal, state and local agencies”.
The Boulder County Drug Task Force is comprised of personnel of the Boulder Police Department, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, 20th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, University of Colorado Police Department-Boulder Campus, and the cities of Erie, Lafayette and Louisville. The BCDTF encourages citizens to contact the BCDTF at 303.441.1690 if they wish to share information regarding the illegal sales and distribution of dangerous drugs in the communities we serve.
A supplemental media release will be electronically distributed at 4:00/pm today with the identification of the suspects taken into custody.
The names of those arrested:
Antonio Chaparro dob 6/18/78
Vicente Espinoza-Gonzales dob 7/18/66
Manuel Galindo-Lopez dob 3/29/77
Jorge Zavala-Ramirez dob 10/22/79
Juan Carlos Chaparro-Salcido dob 5/5/83
Claudio Omar Mallo dob 5/2/70
Jesus Garcia-Bueno dob 12/12/74
Miguel Angel Ruiz-Morales dob 4/18/91
Benito Beruman-Serate dob 4/5/72
Juanita Burciaga dob 12/12/74
Diego Arellano-Rodriguez dob 4/21/91
Craig Carl Dagostino dob 9/29/59
Cheryl Harvanek dob 11/12/56
Jose Alejandro Rivera-Segura dob 11/19/79
On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “29th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and Target, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 36 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ on August 7th.
The Sheriff’s Office and its partners will be hosting five events this year. Each of the events will feature static emergency vehicle displays, animal control officers on hand to answer questions, meet and greet with canine deputies and their furry partners, SWAT deputies, patrol deputies, and other emergency service personnel:
San Lazaro Community Complex – 5505 Valmont Road
From 6:00 – 8:30 pm, the Sheriff’s Office and its partners will be hosting a community BBQ at the San Lazaro Community Complex, located at 5505 Valmont Road in unincorporated Boulder County. Boulder Sheriff’s K-9 partners, SWAT equipment, Patrol Vehicle demos, and fire apparatus from the Boulder Rural Fire Protection District will be present.
Heatherwood Community – 4775 Cambridge Street
The Heatherwood Community will be hosting an ice cream social and Green Event at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church located at 4775 Cambridge St. in unincorporated Boulder County from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. The Sheriff’s Office Mobile Command Post, fire apparatus from the Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, SWAT equipment, and Boulder Sheriff’s Office K-9 partners will be there to meet the kids.
Town of Superior Community – East Community Park, 1600 East Coalton Road
The Sheriff’s Office is also hosting National Night Out in Superior, located at East Community Park, near the 1600 block of East Coalton Road (just west of the Superior Safeway), from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. This event will also be an ice cream social of a rather large scale. The Boulder County Bomb Squad vehicle, fire apparatus from Rocky Mountain Fire Protection District, a Flight for Life Helicopter, and Boulder Sheriff’s K-9 partners will be on hand. There will be jumping castles, games, a petting zoo, and a face painter present.
Gunbarrel Commons Park – Indigo and White Rock Circle
The Sheriff’s Office is also hosting a National Night Out event at Gunbarrel Commons Park located at Indigo and White Rock Circle from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. This event will be an ice cream social accompanied by Patrol Vehicle demonstrations, fire apparatus from Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, SWAT equipment, and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office K-9 partners.
Town of Lyons – Sandstone Park, 300 Block of Broadway
Form 6:00 – 8:30pm, the Sheriff’s Office and its partners in the Town of Lyons will be hosting a community BBQ at the Sandstone Park, located in the 300 block of Broadway in down town Lyons. Boulder Sheriff’s K-9 partners, SWAT equipment, Patrol Vehicle demos along with the Sheriff’s Office new Rescue Vehicle, and fire apparatus from the Lyons Fire Department will be present.
The goals of the NNO events are to: (1) Familiarize the communities with the different facets of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and local Fire Protection Districts by providing events where members of the community and emergency service personnel can interact; (2) Distribute crime prevention and fire safety materials; (3) Provide community events such as a BBQ or ice cream social to promote and foster open communication and dialogue among community members; (4) Recruit members of the respective communities to participate in planning additional community events, including community service projects, social gatherings and community meetings.
If you have any questions, please contact Sergeant Jason Heathman at 303-441-3650. Additional information concerning the National Night Out events sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch is available on their website, www.nationalnightout.org .
Woman grabbed on bike path; police looking for assailant
Boulder police are looking for a suspect in an attack that took place on Saturday, March 31 in the 300 block of Canyon.
At 7:31 p.m., a 22-year-old woman was walking alone along the bike path when she says she was grabbed from behind. The male suspect grabbed her around the waist, neck and thighs as she was on the sidewalk. The victim fought back and may have kicked her assailant in the groin area; he abruptly let go of her and she ran away and immediately called police.
She last saw the suspect walking south on 6th Street near the Criminal Justice Center. Police officers and a Boulder County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit scoured the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is wanted for Attempted Sexual Assault.
The woman suffered several scratches, but was otherwise unhurt.
The suspect is described as:
- Approximately 50 years old
- White male
- 5’6” tall
- White hair in a 6-inch-long ponytail
- Brown and white beard, approximately 6 inches long
- Missing a front tooth
- Wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans and carried a backpack
- Witness described him as dirty, and smelling bad
The case number is 12-4340.
A composite sketch of the suspect is attached. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jack Gardner at 303-441-1851. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
The thief made off with guns, badges, handcuffs, portable police radios. computers
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
On December 7, 2011, a Boulder County Sheriff’s deputy reported that his residence had been burglarized and a number of items had been stolen, which included two handguns, portable police radio, two sheriff badges, X26 Taser, two computers and a number of other items. Yesterday afternoon, January 24, 2012 investigators with the
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a residence in the 3700 block of Dexter Court in Denver. During the search one of the handguns (Glock .45 caliber), portable police radio, sheriff badges, X26 Taser, and some other items were recovered at the residence.
Monday, January 16, 2012
On January 15, 2012, at approximately 5 pm, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the Boulder Fire Department, AMR Ambulance Service and Rocky Mountain Rescue responded to the second flatiron, west of Boulder. Harry Bucy and his son were climbing when Harry fell approximately 30 feet. Mr. Bucy was rescued and transported to the Boulder Community Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Forty minutes after responding to the for-mentioned rescue, rescuers were called to another fallen climber on the first flatiron. Daniel Garcia had fallen approximately 15 feet, also sustaining non-life threatening injuries and transported to the Boulder Community Hospital.
Neither rescue, nor the victims were associated with each other.
Police have arrested Donald Paul Williams (DOB 4/5/1982) of Denver in connection with an aggravated robbery attempt that occurred at the Bustop Gentlemen’s Club on Aug. 11, 2011.
Williams was arrested on suspicion of Criminal Attempt – Aggravated Robbery and Felony Menacing. He was linked to the crimes through evidence left at the scene as well as from information received from the public.
Witnesses say that a suspect matching Williams’ description entered the Bustop a little before 1 p.m. and confronted the owner, demanding money and brandishing a gun. When the bar owner told another employee to call the police, the suspect fled on foot and was last seen in the industrial complex in the area where the Bustop is located.
Police searched for the suspect and requested assistance from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office canine team, but weren’t able to find him. They have been actively trying to locate him since the incident. Williams was found in Denver and arrested over the weekend. He is currently in custody at the Denver County Jail.
Issues would modify term limits for the Sheriff, create a Mountains Forest Improvement District and create a special assessment for two local improvement districts
Boulder County, Colo. – The Boulder County Commissioners have referred one countywide ballot issue and three local improvement district issues to the November 1, 2011, Odd-Year Coordinated Election ballot. They include:
The modification of term limits for the Office of the Boulder County Sheriff (countywide);
The creation of the Boulder County Mountains Forest Improvement District;
A Special Assessment Bond Issue in the Pine Brook Hills Local Improvement District;
A Special Assessment Bond Issue in the Crestview Estates Local Improvement District.
The ballot titles for the four issues were certified today by the Board of County Commissioners and sent to the County Clerk for inclusion on the ballot. The certifying resolution reads:
WHEREAS, based upon the proposals for each of these ballot questions/issues, this Board considered and adopted appropriate ballot titles for each proposal in Resolutions Nos. 2011-97, 2011-94, 2011-95, and 2011-96; and
WHEREAS, this Board is required to certify these ballot questions/issues and titles to the County Clerk and Recorder for publication of the ballot titles on the ballots for the voters for the November 1, 2011, odd-year coordinated election, on or before September 2, 2011, and to meet all other requirements of state election law; and
WHEREAS, subject to any amendments or modifications or additions that the Board desires to make and of which the County Clerk is notified prior to such deadline, the Board desires to proceed to certify these ballot questions/issues according to their respective approved ballot titles to the County Clerk for placement on the ballot for the November 1, 2011, odd-year coordinated election.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the aforementioned ballot questions/issues, each of which is a referred measure, as represented by these ballot titles complete with submission clauses, shall be placed upon the November 1, 2011, odd-year coordinated election ballot, and all other constitutionally and statutorily required matters shall be performed in order to effectuate the election on each of these questions/issues.
COUNTY QUESTION 1A: [MODIFICATION OF TERM LIMITS FOR THE OFFICE OF THE BOULDER COUNTY SHERIFF]
SHALL THE TERM LIMITS IMPOSED BY STATE LAW AND IN ARTICLE XVIII, SECTION 11, OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION ON THE OFFICE OF SHERIFF OF BOULDER COUNTY, BE MODIFIED SO AS TO PERMIT AN ELECTED OFFICEHOLDER IN THAT OFFICE TO SEEK AND, IF THE VOTERS OF BOULDER COUNTY CHOOSE TO RE-ELECT THAT PERSON TO A FOURTH TERM IN OFFICE, TO SERVE A FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TERM?
YES ___ NO ___
PINE BROOK HILLS BOULDER COUNTY LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ISSUE 5A: [SPECIAL ASSESSMENT BOND ISSUE IN THE PINE BROOK HILLS LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT]
SHALL BOULDER COUNTY DEBT (FOR PINE BROOK HILLS BOULDER COUNTY LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT) BE INCREASED $ 2,654,593 , WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF $ 4,644,700 , FOR THE PURPOSE OF REHABILITATING EXISTING PAVED ROADS, INCLUDING COSTS INCIDENTAL THERETO, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RESERVES THEREFOR, BY THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENT BONDS PAYABLE FROM SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS IMPOSED AGAINST BENEFITED PROPERTIES LOCATED WITHIN THE DISTRICT AND OTHER LEGALLY AVAILABLE FUNDS, WHICH BONDS SHALL BE ISSUED, DATED AND SOLD AT SUCH TIME OR TIMES AND IN SUCH MANNER AND CONTAIN SUCH TERMS, NOT INCONSISTENT HEREWITH, AS THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MAY DETERMINE; AND SHALL THE REVENUES FROM SUCH SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS AND ANY EARNINGS THEREON AND FROM THE INVESTMENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH BONDS CONSTITUTE A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE?
YES ___ NO ___
CRESTVIEW ESTATES BOULDER COUNTY LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ISSUE 5B: [SPECIAL ASSESSMENT BOND ISSUE IN THE CRESTVIEW ESTATES LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT]
SHALL BOULDER COUNTY DEBT (FOR CRESTVIEW ESTATES BOULDER COUNTY LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT) BE INCREASED $ 871,560.80, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF $ 1,357,600, FOR THE PURPOSE OF REHABILITATING EXISTING PAVED ROADS, INCLUDING COSTS INCIDENTAL THERETO, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RESERVES THEREFOR, BY THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENT BONDS PAYABLE FROM SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS IMPOSED AGAINST BENEFITED PROPERTIES LOCATED WITHIN THE DISTRICT AND OTHER LEGALLY AVAILABLE FUNDS, WHICH BONDS SHALL BE ISSUED, DATED AND SOLD AT SUCH TIME OR TIMES AND IN SUCH MANNER AND CONTAIN SUCH TERMS, NOT INCONSISTENT HEREWITH, AS THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MAY DETERMINE; AND SHALL THE REVENUES FROM SUCH SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS AND ANY EARNINGS THEREON AND FROM THE INVESTMENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH BONDS CONSTITUTE A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE?
YES ___ NO ___
BOULDER COUNTY MOUNTAINS FOREST IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT QUESTION 5C: [CREATION OF THE BOULDER COUNTY MOUNTAINS FOREST IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT]
SHALL THE BOULDER COUNTY MOUNTAINS FOREST IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT BE CREATED FOR THE PURPOSES OF IMPROVING FOREST HEALTH AND REDUCTION OF WILDFIRE HAZARDS, AS WELL AS OTHER PURPOSES AUTHORIZED BY LAW, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE COLORADO FOREST IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ACT, AS MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ RESOLUTION NO. 2011-94?
YES ___ NO ___
Copies of the ballot language resolutions are available online at www.bouldercounty.org.