Blotter: April 03, 2009

Seat belt campaign begins

• If you plan to drive around at night through this week, be extra sure you’re buckled in. The Colorado State Patrol, the Grand Junction Police Department and other law enforcement agencies are conducting a first nighttime seat belt enforcement effort through April 7.
Statistics show motorists are more likely to be involved in fatal crashes at night, partly because fewer people buckle up, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Last year in Colorado, 182 people were killed in nighttime crashes with 54 percent of those people not wearing seat belts. In comparison, 39 percent of motorists killed in crashes during the daytime were not buckled up.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  David Majors on Tuesday was arrested and booked into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of four counts each of attempted theft, criminal possession of a forged instrument and forgery. Police allege Majors was attempting to pass a forged payroll check at four area businesses.

•  A 17-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday for alleged menacing in the 2700 block of south U.S. Highway 50.

•  A bicycle valued at $1,000 was stolen Wednesday from behind Quincy’s Bar and Grill, 609 Main St.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Joseph Charles Orris III, 45, 519 Pisces St. in Fruita, was arrested Wednesday and booked into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a restrained license and not having proof of insurance.

•  A 9 mm pistol valued at $200 was stolen Saturday from an unlocked pickup parked in the 500 block of Arrow Court.


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