Blotter: November 25, 2008

Woman’s car found in Utah

• The vehicle of a New Castle woman reported missing was discovered Monday in Emory County, Utah, in a parking area at Goblin Valley State Park.
Rosalie Backhaus, 54, was last seen checking out of the La Quinta Inn in Moab that morning after a weekend of hiking in the area. Friends reported her missing after she didn’t show up for work Nov. 17 at Copy Copy in Glenwood Springs.
According to New Castle Police Chief Chris Sadler, Backhaus’ off-red 2004 Ford Explorer was discovered Monday afternoon at the park by an employee of the Emory County road department, who recognized the vehicle from a missing-persons flier posted in the area. Sadler said the search in the Goblin Valley part of Emery County was expected to resume today.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Bruce Seagrave, 35, was arrested on suspicion of threatening a person with a knife, unlawfully entering a vehicle and causing inconvenience or annoyance to the person. Seagrave was booked into Mesa County Jail.

•  A thief entered a business in the 700 block of Horizon Drive and stole a cash register containing money estimated at less than $500.

•  A thief stole a vehicle from a parking lot in the 2600 block of North Avenue.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  A vandal used a skid steer to move dirt and block the entrance of a park in the 3100 block of E 1/2 Road on Sunday.

•  David John Banks, 51, of Grand Junction, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and on two outstanding warrants.

•  Gary Lee Proctor, 58, of Delta, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a revoked license and speeding.

•  Ryan Michael Schwettman, 31, of Fruita, was arrested on suspicion of harassment and criminal mischief.

•  Steven Wayne Gearhart, 46, of Grand Junction, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, illegal weapons possession and drug paraphernalia possession. He also was named in arrest warrants.

•  Brandon Joseph Pinger, 33, of Grand Junction, was arrested on suspicion of theft of property valued at more than $1,000.


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