MANITOU SPRINGS POLICE BLOTTER

CHRISTOPHER SHORT Updated: July 28, 2009 at 12:00 am • Published: July 28, 2009

Police say that two people who allowed them to search their car had a lot to hide.
Shortly before 7 a.m. on July 25, an officer stopped a car for failure to signal several successive turns. The driver, Larry Fincher, 53, and passenger, Jami Panno, 28, both of Colorado Springs, exhibited signs of drug use, according to the police report.
They gave the officer permission to search them and the vehicle — as witnessed by another officer, and despite being told they didn’t have to, according to the report.
The officer found 1.3 grams of methamphetamine, a syringe loaded with meth mixture, nearly 4 grams of marijuana, and paraphernalia including a pipe and a digital scale.
Fincher and Panno were arrested and taken to the county jail on a variety of recommended narcotics charges. Panno is being held on a $50,000 bond; Fincher was released on a $3,000 bond on Monday.

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July 20
• At about 5:45 p.m., officers responded to a non-injury traffic crash in the 200 block of Manitou Avenue. One driver was issued a municipal court summons and released.

July 22
• Shortly after 7:30 p.m., an officer responded to another non-injury crash in the 200 block of Manitou Avenue. A driver was issued a municipal court summons and released.

Thursday
• At about 4:30 a.m., officers responded to a noise complaint at a residence in the 800 block of Manitou Avenue. Smelling marijuana smoke, they searched the people at the residence, and one was cited for possession.

Friday
• Shortly before 11 a.m., an officer took a report of a crash in the 100 block of Via San Miguel. The suspect, a neighbor who accidentally backed into a parked car, was cited.
• An officer stopped a vehicle with a non-working tail light and smelled marijuana smoke. The officer found a glass pipe and a small amount of marijuana on the driver. Then a police dog took over and found about 14 more grams of marijuana. The driver got a municipal court summons, and was released.
• At about 11:30 p.m., an officer stopped a car in the 600 block of Manitou Avenue for making an illegal turn. The driver was found to have been drinking, and failed a roadside-maneuver test. She refused to take a blood or breath test.
The driver was taken to the police station, where she was issued a court summons for driving under the influence, and for the moving violation.

Saturday
• At about 1 a.m., police stopped a vehicle for weaving in the 300 block of Manitou Avenue. The driver told police he had been drinking, and was unable to complete roadside maneuvers.
A breath test at the police station indicated an alcohol content of 0.58 percent, according to the police report — below the 0.8 limit for driving under the influence, but above the 0.5 limit for driving while ability impaired. He got a court summons for DWAI, and was released to a responsible party.

Sunday
• Officers responded to the La Fon Motel, on a report of a man believed to possess illegal narcotics. The officers found methamphetamine, and also learned that the suspect had a warrant for his arrest. He was taken to the El Paso County jail. No further information was available on Tuesday.
• At about 9:45 a.m., an officer responded to a vehicle-theft report in the 200 block of Crystal Park Road. The victim said his red 2005 GMC pickup had been stolen from his driveway, some time between 10 p.m. July 25 and 6 a.m. July 26. No arrests were made.
• At about 11 a.m., an officer responded to a report of a vehicle break-in at the 300 block of Ruxton Avenue. A hiker told police his passenger-side window had been smashed, and numerous items taken, between 9 and 11 a.m. No arrests were made.

Monday
• At about 1 a.m., officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 200 block of Ruxton Avenue. A man told police he’d been arguing with his girlfriend, who was gone by the time they arrived.
About an hour and a half later, officers patrolling the area found the woman, who gave them false information about her identity, according to the police report. She was arrested on suspicion of false reporting and criminal impersonation.

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