Our Book and Release schedule at the Purgatory Correctional Facility has changed. Beginning on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the Purgatory Correctional Facility will only be conducting Book and Releases on the following days and during the times listed:
Tuesday: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
During these times, the Purgatory Correctional Facility will have specific staff assigned to this task and, as such, any individuals needing to complete this process should be given the utmost priority. In addition to arriving during one of the allotted time slots, all individuals reporting for a Book and Release will still be required to bring with them a valid photo ID and any applicable paperwork from the Court(s).
On October 13, 2015, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office delivered a nice Halloween surprise to children Read more
The Bureau of Land Management has issued a Draft Resource Management Plan which will further restrict large areas in Washington County. The public only has until Oct 15, 2015 to comment on the proposed excessive public land regulations.
Washington County has developed a website that will assist you to send your comments directly to the BLM St George Field Office. Below is a sample of the email which will be sent on your behalf, should you choose to voice your opinion on https://secure.washco.utah.gov/signup/blm/ . Please look for the option to send the quick comment or the extended version.
Below is the example of the extended version, which will also help explain the vast proposed changes to Washington County that will impact many in this county. Please take a minute to send your comments via the website. It is fast and easy to use. Please join us in opposing these proposed land regulations so we may all continue to enjoy hunting, hiking, OHV use and many, many more activities which will become prohibited in these proposed areas. To read more about the proposal, visit the BLM NCA Resource Managment website.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and WCSO Search and Rescue teams are continuing to assist in the search for the missing six year old, Tyson Black. Sheriff Pulsipher and county staff have continued to meet with Hildale and Colorado City personnel to plan and coordinate search efforts. Using the expertise and knowledge of the Human Remains Detection (HR) K-9 teams, and experts in the search for missing persons, future searches will be targeted efforts. We will continue to evaluate and identify the highest probability areas and those will be the focus of searches.
Washington County has always been a great location to enjoy the use of Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs). The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is continually dedicated to educating the public in the safe and legal operation of OHVs. Our mission is to reduce injuries and fatalities through education. Read more
WCSO and the Washington County Drug Court Trackers would like to express their support for National Recovery month. Many of our deputies will be wearing the red ribbon in support of those who have successfully overcome addiction and those who continue to battle addiction. According to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality in a 2009-2013 national survey on drug use and health, Utah had about 59,000 individuals aged 12 or older who were dependent on or abused illicit drugs within the year prior to being surveyed. You can read more about the study here: Behavior Health Barometer-UT
During the month of September, many local events and celebrations will take place to recognize and increase the awareness of substance addition. We encourage you to support those struggling with addiction and attend an event in your area.
On August 24, 2015 at approximately 0145 hours, Deputy Graf initiated a stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. During contact with the driver, he detected an odor of marijuana and deployed his K9 partner, Tess, to search for illegal contraband. Tess indicated the presence of drugs, and during a search of the vehicle around 56 pounds of marijuana was seized.
Melvin Posey of Chicago, Illinois, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container of alcohol and lane travel violation. Rodrick Douglas of Gaithersburg, Maryland, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and open container of alcohol.
On July 18, 2015, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office hosted our 6th Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Nearly 50 staff members participated in the tournament, which took place at the Washington City Community Center. Read more
On July 9th, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office honored Deputy Marc VanDam as our Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2015 (April-June). Read more
The Southern Utah Bomb Squad is supporting the ATF to help promote safety, when dealing with explosive materials. There have been several incidents in which citizens arrive unannounced at police departments to turn in explosives, or persons accidentally kill themselves while trying to dispose of old dynamite. According to the ATF, it has investigated multiple explosive thefts, wherein explosives were not securely stored, resulting in explosives falling into the hands of felons and illegal drug users. Read more