In a ceremony at Buckley Air Force Base on April 1, Lieutenant Colonel André Schlappe took command of the 244th Engineer Battalion from outgoing commander, Lieutenant Colonel Eric Ferron. The 244th is an Army Reserve battalion headquartered in Denver, consisting of over 1,300 soldiers from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas. The battalion has a distinguished lineage of decorated service in World War II, Iraq and Kuwait. Its capabilities include combat engineering, military construction and route clearance.
As a civilian, André is employed as a civil engineering manager with Martin/Martin in Lakewood. He is a 1991 graduate of Delta High School and the son of Russel and Ritta Schlappe of Orchard City.
At about 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, officers of the Delta Police Department were dispatched to a robbery reported at Arby's, located at 107 Gunnison River Drive. An extensive search of the area was conducted and the suspect was not located.
The suspect was reported to have walked into Arby's and after a brief conversation with an employee, was able to leave the store with a small amount of cash and coins.