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Former Lake County Undersheriff Indicted on Seven Charges

LEADVILLE, CO – Former Lake County Undersheriff, Fernando Mendoza, was indicted on seven counts today. The charges include: Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Child (F4), Attempt to Commit First Degree Aggravated Incest (F4), Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (F4), Attempt to Commit Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification (F5), Embezzlement of Public Property […]

Former Leadville Police Department Chief Pleads Guilty to Felony Weapons Theft from Evidence Locker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 Contact: John Bryan, PIO JBryan@da5.us C: 478-954-1909 LEADVILLE, COLORADO – Michael Robert Leake, 52, of Aurora, Colorado, who was Police Chief in the City of Leadville from 2009 until his resignation in December 2015, pleaded guilty today in Lake County District Court to Theft (a Class Four Felony) […]

Eagle Woman Pleads Guilty to Welfare Fraud, Ordered to Four Years Probation and Nearly $21K in Paid Restitution

EAGLE, COLORADO – Nancy Chairez-Hernandez, 33, from Eagle, CO, pleaded guilty and was sentenced yesterday, November 20, 2017, on a Class 6 Felony theft charge after she admitted to welfare fraud in Eagle County. Defendant Chairez-Hernandez fraudulently applied for Medicaid for herself and household members from May 2012 to January 2017 but failed to disclose […]

District Attorney Investigating Allegations of Sexual Harassment in Lake County

Contact: Bruce Brown, District Attorney bbrown@da5.us C: (303) 810-5557 The District Attorney of the Fifth Judicial District, which includes Lake County, has an ongoing investigation of alleged sexual harassment actions occurring within the Lake County Sheriff’s office. A complaint was received in early October 2017 causing the initiation of this investigation. The District Attorney’s office […]

DA Brown Holds Town Hall, Talks Crimes Present and Future Plans with Lake County Locals

DA Brown Holds Town Hall, Talks Crimes Present and Future Plans with Lake County Locals LEADVILLE, CO – 5th Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown led a Town Hall for local residents Oct. 16th, at the Lake County High School. Attended by approximately 20 people, DA Brown was joined by Lake County Sheriff Rodney Fenske, and […]