Advocates, Residents to “Take Back the Trail” Nov. 5
Submitted by The Advocates of Lake County
The Advocates of Lake County have heard from several residents who are concerned about their safety in the aftermath of the sexual assault that took place near the intersection of 12th Street and Harrison Avenue, adjacent to the Mineral Belt Trail, on Saturday. Oct. 11. at 11:30 p.m.
In an effort to ease some of the fears that residents have expressed, the Advocates will ‘Take Back the Trail’ to show the perpetrators of this crime that we do not tolerate sexual assault in our community. Many residents have expressed a need to renew a sense of safety when walking or running the Mineral Belt Trail alone. By taking back the trail, we can show support to victims of sexual assault and break the silence surrounding violence and abuse.
If you would like to join the Advocates to “Take Back the Trail” please meet at the Lake County Intermediate School (LCIS) parking lot on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The group will walk the Mineral Belt Trail from the LCIS parking lot to the Lake County Public Library where there will be refreshments donated by Cookies With Altitude and conversation in the community room upstairs at the library. At 8 p.m. the group will walk back to the LCIS parking lot in silence with candles to represent the silence that surrounds sexual assault victims.
If you love the Mineral Belt Trail and want to show your support to keep Leadville safe, please join the Advocates on November 5 to ‘Take Back the Trail’. Please bundle up and bring flash lights. For more information about this event or The Advocates, contact 719-486-3530.
Established in 1983, the Advocates of Lake County’s mission is to assist any victim of crime, violence, or other traumatic event, primarily victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Advocates work for positive social change, seeking to promote a safe and healthy community. Contact 719-486-3530.
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Police Chief Leake to Release Update on Case Today
Amid growing community concerns, and a lack of details regarding the Oct. 11, 2014 sexual assault case in Leadville, Police Chief Mike Leake informed Leadville Today by phone yesterday that an update will be released today.
“I plan to provide an update regarding the case by the end of tomorrow (Oct. 28),” stated Chief Leake.
Since the crime occurred within the city limits, the Leadville Police Department (LPD) will act as lead investigator for the case. Chief Leake added that the investigation is ongoing and that his department would be conducting more interviews regarding the case today.
Since the LPD is the lead investigator on this case, they have the burden of gathering evidence, conducting initial interviews, including making an arrest, if their investigation leads to that course of action, and essentially helping to build the case against any suspects/perpetrators.
Once the LPD concludes their investigation, they turn their findings over to the District Attorney Bruce Brown. From there, DA Brown reviews their findings,to determine what charges, if any, are to be filed.
District Attorney Brown confirmed in a phone interview with Leadville Today that his office is in regular communication with the Leadville Police Department and Chief Leake regarding the case.
All parties seemed to concur that investigations take time. Stay tuned for any official updates from law enforcement.