The Nederland Police Department asked for and received an emergency phone which hangs in between its two front windows: a bright yellow lifeline to Boulder County Sheriff’s Dispatch. A free 911 call.
The idea to have an emergency phone began when two people who had been slashed with a machete at Gordon Gulch last summer showed up at the PD in search of a phone and there was none. It is a push button device that cannot end up like most public pay phones do. Police administrator Lois was instrumental in lobbying for the phone.
On February 3, a local walked into the police station to report a road rage incident. The man explained that he had been traveling west on Hwy 72 near the Nederland Community Center. He admitted he crossed over the double yellow line by a few feet. Another vehicle was heading east and as the vehicles passed each other, the other driver flipped him off.
The reporting person said there was no reason for this action because the oncoming vehicle had been far away and there was no hazard. He followed the other vehicle to Nederland Middle Senior High School and confronted the driver in the parking lot. He told the man he should have beat his ‘ass’ and he is tired of this kind of thing going on. There was allegedly no physical contact, but the officer described the reporting person as emotionally charged.
The Nederland officer told that man that what he did was inappropriate and very dangerous if he had been anywhere else.
Fifteen minutes later, a BC deputy came to the PD with the other half of the story, the man who was the second driver in the incident. He had two small children with him and the little girl appeared to have been crying. He described what happened, saying he did not flip the first driver off, merely motioned with his hand in the air. The rest of the story was the same.
On February 5, the first driver came to the PD and asked if the other driver came forward. The officer said yes and there were charges pending. The man responded, “Good, I want him charged too.”
On February 7, a Ned officer was summoned to a local bar on a report of felony menacing. When the officer arrived he talked to the man who said he was smoking outside the bar. As he stood there a man was tossed out of another bar and pulled a knife, threatening the other man before he left in a Subaru Outback.
The officer went to talk to the bartender who said that the suspect had refused to pay for his beer and walked out. The bartender followed him out and told him not to come back. The suspect shined a flashlight and said, “You’re done.” The bartender said the suspect didn’t have a weapon.
Because of conflicting descriptions of what happened, the officer was not able to prove felony menacing and there were no charges.
On February 10, a Nederland officer responded to a report of a disturbance. When he arrived at the scene, a female resident said she had been verbally abused and threatened by her neighbor. She said that a friend’s truck became stuck in the snow blocking the entrance to her neighbor’s house. He came to her house and began screaming and yelling insults and verbally threatened her using vulgar language.
The woman said that the man then got in his car and tried to run her over and she had to jump out of the way. The Ned officer drove to the neighbor’s house to talk to him. He said he had repeatedly asked the woman not move the truck. He denied driving his vehicle at or near the victim and denied any wrongdoing. When the officer said that dispatch had heard him screaming on the victim’s cell phone line, he admitted he had yelled and screamed.
The victim proceeded with charges and he was served with a municipal summons for disorderly conduct.
On February 12, while patrolling westbound on Highway 72, near mile marker 29, a Ned officers patrol car lost traction on an icy bend. Road conditions were icy with whiteouts. The front grill guard of the patrol car hit a traffic sign damaging the right front indicator lens and the right front plastic bumper covering. The officer completed an accident report and sent it to the Colorado State Patrol.
On February 14, a member of the Louisville Police Department called the NPD about an assault in Nederland that occurred the day before. The Ned officer went to the address where one of the roommates said that the suspect became very intoxicated and charged his friends and roommates. Finally one of the roommates beat up the suspect but no-one would say which roommate did it.
The officer learned that, after the fight, the roommates took the injured man to the hospital. The roommate told the officer that all the guys were fine, that they had ‘hugged it out.'”
The officer called the hospital and talked to victim who said it was all his fault, that he started it and didn’t want to press charges. He had a broken hand, fat lips and a lot of black and blue on his face but he said he was going to be fine.
The officer went back the next day and told the roommates that they had better get along or he would be back and people would be in trouble.
On February 15, a reported assault sent on officer to a Nederland home where two deputies were already on the scene. The deputies indicated a bedroom at the rear of the house where the suspect was inside with his two children. When the officer questioned the man, he refused to say anything. The officer noticed drops of blood in the entryway, living room and kitchen.
The suspect said he lived with his family and two other people. He had become upset about the noise that caused his two young children to wake up, resulting in an argument. He said he had an argument with one of the roommates and that he threw a cooking pan the man, hitting him in the shin. The officer informed the suspect that the incident was under investigation pending location of the alleged victim.