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October 8, 2016 - 2:45pm



On October 7, 2016 at approximately 7:45 PM the Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority was advised of a possible homicide at the Pinon Pines apartments in Glenwood Springs. Deputies responded to the location and located a deceased 24 year old female.

As the investigation continued, Gustavo Olivo-Tellez was identified as a primary suspect in what appears to be a case of extreme Domestic Violence. This act was made even more tragic given the fact that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Further investigation revealed that Olivo-Tellez was possibly in the Grand Junction area. Appropriate search warrants were obtained. The suspect was apprehended shortly after 8:00 am this morning by the Grand Junction SWAT Team following the coordinated efforts of several agencies. Olivo-Tellez, wanted on a previous Domestic Violence warrant was also charged with first degree murder following last night’s incident.

The name of the victim will be released by the Garfield County Coroner once the appropriate family members have been notified.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize and thank: the Glenwood Springs Police Department, Garfield County Coroner’s Office and Colorado State Patrol as well as the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for their speedy response to the site of the shooting and for securing that site until a proper analysis of the scene could be made.

Additional thanks and appreciation is extended to the Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority, the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Grand Junction Police Department, US Marshals Service, Garfield County Department of Human Services, Mesa County Department of Human Services, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Junction SWAT Team.

Note: A photo for Olivo-Tellez will be provided when it becomes available.

No further information will be released. available.

October 3, 2016 - 9:35am



The best way to fight Domestic Violence is to make people aware of what it is so they can recognize it and be pro-active in combating it. Only in this way can we curtail and minimize this scourge on society. Towards that end Sheriff Lou Vallario has written a letter that not only defines domestic violence in Colorado but explains what is required of law enforcement officers when confronted with this crime.

Please feel free to share this letter in its entirety.


Clarifying Colorado Domestic Violence Laws

In the early 1990's, I was trained by a nationally recognized victim's rights group on the dynamics of Domestic Violence laws with the requirement that I trained as many law enforcement officers in the judicial district as possible. I continued to provide that training at the Law Enforcement Academy for over 12 years, so I feel confident in addressing this topic.

"Under Colorado law, “Domestic Violence” means "an act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor / suspect / defendant is or has been involved in an intimate relationship". “Domestic Violence” also includes any other crime against a person, or against property, including an animal, or any municipal ordinance violation against a person, or against property, including an animal, when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. “Intimate relationship” means a relationship between spouses, former spouses, past or present unmarried couples or persons who are both the parents of the same child regardless of whether the persons have been married or have lived together at any time." As you can see, it does NOT require physical contact or "touching" as a minimum standard to make a mandatory arrest.

The ultimate responsibility for those who work in the judicial system, including the District Attorney, is to ensure that offenders are held responsible and victims are provided with what they need. They have rights and most among them is to feel safe and make sure that those who commit crimes against them are held accountable. What we do know is that when a lawful arrest is made, the accountability process for the victim begins. Without that, the victim is left in a potentially unsafe or unsettled state. Anyone who has ever been a victim of a crime, be it a property crime or personal crime, knows that when an arrest is made, they begin to feel whole again.

Many years ago when states were researching Domestic Violence crimes, they discovered that when an arrest was made, the violence stopped in 50% of the cases and victims felt safe. As a result, mandatory arrest laws were enacted "requiring" law enforcement to arrest when "Probable Cause" of a Domestic Violence crime occurred, or if the offender was not present, to obtain an arrest warrant based on that same "probable cause". This is mandatory!

Domestic Violence cases are very complex and are not as simple as two guys pushing each other over a game of pool in the local bar. Instead, they involve years of manipulation, coercion, destruction of self-esteem, isolation, threats and physical violence. These cases require special consideration and training to be able to successfully prosecute the offenders and provide for the victims.

Because we know that one of the dynamics of DV cases is that an extremely high percentage of victims recant their story because of fear and intimidation, getting a successful prosecution in these circumstances is very difficult for the DA, yet the law still mandates that an arrest be made. This is so the victim is provided their rights and protections under the law and the offender can enter into the process of accountability, including mandatory protection orders, counseling, etc.

If on the other hand, the District Attorney fails to recognize or believe these dynamics and the importance of Domestic Violence laws and providing for the safety of victims, but would rather concern themselves with their win percentage in court, a large majority of Domestic Violence cases will go unresolved and the victims will suffer the greatest fear of all; not being able to reach out to anyone in the criminal justice system for help. That results in hopelessness for the victim and empowering the offender.

All of us who work in the criminal justice system as well as the public we serve need to understand that Domestic Violence is a crime that requires mandatory arrest. Even though these cases are difficult to prosecute, the District Attorney must make every attempt to follow through with obtaining convictions so that the offenders are held accountable for their crimes against their loved ones and the victims can be provided the services they are allowed by law to ensure their safety.

Lou Vallario
Sheriff of Garfield County

September 19, 2016 - 3:10pm



Today at about 1:30 PM a large truck, hauling trash, went off the road towards the Colorado River at South Canyon. The bridge crossing the Colorado River near mile marker 111 on I70 accesses the City of Glenwood Springs’ landfill, the South Canyon shooting range and several homes.

The road will be limited to one lane of traffic today and tomorrow with plans to remove the truck on Wednesday. The Colorado State Patrol and the hazardous materials team have been notified and are on scene as well as Glenwood Fire and Deputies from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

It is expected that a full road closure may be necessary on Wednesday. People needing to access their homes or the land fill should plan accordingly.

We are asking people not to stop in the area unless absolutely necessary. This is a “higher hazard” area of I-70 with curves and limited visibility for traffic passing through this area.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

September 6, 2016 - 5:30pm



The plume of smoke visible from I-70 in Garfield County and North of Silt and the Harvey Gap reservoir appears closer than it is. The smoke is rising from a fire on Forest Service property in Rio Blanco County.

The fire has been designated as the Lost Solar Fire. More information is available on by going to

The fire was part of a prescribed burn in the area. The Garfield County Dispatch and Emergency personnel are aware of the fire. We extend our thanks to the responsible citizens who have reported seeing the smoke.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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September 1, 2016 - 10:40pm




Amy Kent and Delbert Willeford (pictured above), were arrested today and are being held in Gonzalez County, Texas in connection with charges made by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office involving a September 14, 2015 stabbing that occurred in No Name, just east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Five days after the stabbing, on September 19, 2015 Amy Kent and Delbert Willeford were arrested by the Colorado State Patrol in Chaffee County, Colorado on unrelated charges. It was later discovered that DNA found at the scene of the September 14th stabbing matched the DNA of Delbert Willeford.

This story demonstrates the value of DNA evidence in a case and exemplifies the collaborative effort demonstrated by several law enforcement agencies to find and apprehend these suspects.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (DNA testing), the Nixon Texas Police Department (Arresting Agency), the United States Marshal’s Service, the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office, the Missouri Department of Probation and Parole, the Gonzales County Probation Department all who played key roles in the final apprehension of these two suspects.

The suspects will be returned to Garfield County to face charges by the Ninth Judicial District based on the evidence that was collected and the efforts of all parties involved.

No further information will be released.

The mission of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is to provide solutions for the people by utilizing and employing strong morals, good character, untarnished integrity, technical knowledge and fiscal responsibility through professional, ethical and equitable conduct.
Walter Stowe
Community Relations Deputy / PIO
Garfield County Sheriff's Office
106 County Road 333-A
Rifle, CO 81650
Phone: (970) 309-9697

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