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Former Teller County official arrested for harassment

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Apr 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-18 20:33:06-04

TELLER COUNTY — Former Teller County Director of Emergency Management Don Angell was arrested for verbally attacking and harassing the Fire Chief of the Florissant Fire Protection District, Michael Bailey.

According to the affidavit obtained by News 5, Angell went to Bailey's house on April 2 at around 1:30 p.m. to assist in the collection of fire equipment and a vehicle.

Angell then began to use "offensively coarse" and "racial language" toward Bailey, who is a black man.

Angell then reportedly "lunged" at Bailey and grabbed his wrist. Bailey was able to break away and turned to sign a document related to the release of fire equipment and vehicle.

Angell then tried to "aggressively" lunge at Bailey again but was unsuccessful.

The affidavit also states that another victim witnessed the exchange and now has nightmares and trouble sleeping.

The third victim also has been asking Bailey questions like, "if someone came here to kidnap me what could you do?"

Angell is now charged with the following:

  • Harassment-strike/shove/kick
  • Bias-motivated Crime-places Victim In Fear
  • Harassment-insults/taunts/challenges
  • Child Abuse-negligently Cause Bodily Injury

The charges fall under either a Class 1 or 2 Misdemeanor.

According to the Teller County Administrative Office, Angell was terminated from his post as the Director of the Office of Emergency Management on March 2 due to "personnel mattes."

His arraignment hearing will be on April 28.

Fire Chief Michael Bailey is currently on Administrative Leave, Erik Holt has taken over as the Interm-Fire Chief.

This is a developing story.

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