On 6/18/14 a Deputy responded to a location near County Road 52 and County Road D on a report of a cattle theft. On 6/20/14 another Deputy responded to a report of a “mutilated cow” near County Road 54 and County Road H. It was determined that the cow was not mutilated but rather was in a partial state of butchering and had been abandoned at that location during the process.
With the assistance of the State Brand Inspector’s Office, the cow’s hair was clipped and the brand was confirmed to be that of the stolen cattle reported two days earlier. The Deputy who took the original case conducted a very thorough investigation and was able to develop a suspect; Kelly Gardell Korf of Eckley.
Korf was evasive during the investigation and could not be located for questioning. Through further investigation the Deputy obtained probable cause against Korf and was able to obtain a warrant for Korf’s arrest for Agriculture – Theft of Animals/Livestock, Livestock Carcass – Killing for Own Use Without Hide and Theft $20,000 to $100,000. Korf was arrested on the warrant on 7/20/14 and is currently being held in the Yuma County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
Sheriff Chad Day is pleased to announce a partnership agreement that was recently struck with Viaero Wireless. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and Viaero are working together on a project to put web enabled tablet devices in all the patrol cars of the Sheriff’s Office. The majority of the cost is being covered by Viaero as a true test of their data capabilities.
The combination of these types of devices with reliable data coverage in most of the areas that Yuma County Deputies are responsible for covering has not been possible before. This will allow deputies to have instant access to report writing systems, timekeeping systems, fleet management, some dispatch information, and many other systems that the Sheriff’s Office is in the process of researching and potentially implementing for the purposes of increase efficiency.
One of the other benefits of this project, is that Sheriff’s Deputies will now, not be so closely tied to the Sheriff’s Office building in Wray. A large portion of the responsibility of this industry is documentation.
“For deputies to have access to that information and the systems used to input information is a huge step in the right direction for us and for this county. I’m excited and thankful that Viaero is taking this step with us, and shown such concern and cooperation for public safety in the areas they serve. As a company, Viaero has been very easy to work with in setting this project up and covering the majority of the project costs. This will be a good test of Viaero’s systems and capabilities as well. They have a lot to gain through this partnership as we communicate its effectiveness.”
Yuma County is the test case for this kind of patrol resource in northeastern Colorado. So far, the Deputies are impressed by their newfound freedom of movement, and operations should see an increase in efficiency and productivity as a result. There are still plenty of tasks that keep Deputies in the courthouse, but this capability allows some of what historically had to be done in Wray to occur all around the county as Deputies are on patrol.