Blotter, April 23, 2012

Utah man killed in rollover

A 37-year-old Salt Lake City man was killed Saturday in a one-vehicle rollover near Moab, Utah, according to the Grand County Sheriff’s Department.

Ricky L. Rush was driving a pickup north on Kane Creek Road, a dirt road near the Grand County-San Juan County line seven miles southeast of Moab, about 3 p.m. when it went off the left side of the road and struck a large boulder about 30 feet off the road. The truck rolled over, ejecting Rush, and then rolled over Rush, killing him, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Rush was the sole occupant of the truck.

Man is meth suspect


Michael Harry Balentine, 48, 1317 North 20th St., was arrested Saturday after he was found in possession of suspected methamphetamine during a traffic stop on North Avenue, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputies stopped the vehicle after noticing the license plate sticker was covered with spray paint and wasn’t legible. The plate turned out to be expired, according to an arrest affidavit.

The passenger, Balentine, refused to give deputies his name, although deputies already knew it. He had a warrant out for his arrest, and a search of him turned up a small plastic bag of meth in his jeans pocket. Balentine claimed he got the jeans just a few days ago and didn’t know anything about the meth, the affidavit said.

The driver, Michael Lie Mills, 33, 2853 North Ave., was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Jon M. Gerberg, 50, was issued a summons Friday on suspicion of taking less than $100 in merchandise from Kohl’s, 636 Market St. Gerberg received the summons after trying to return the items.

■ Five juveniles were issued summonses Friday on suspicion of trespassing in a backyard in the 3100 block of Summit Meadows Court. One juvenile was in possession of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A sixth juvenile is believed to have been involved in the trespass but fled.

■ A thief entered a vehicle in the 2400 block of U.S. Highway 6&50 on Friday and stole a wallet. Total loss was estimated at less than $500.

■ A thief stole items valued at less than $500 from an unlocked vehicle in the 2900 block of North Avenue on Thursday.

■ A thief forced entry into a vehicle in the 1000 block of North First Street on Thursday in an attempt to steal it, causing less than $500 in damage.

■ A thief stole items valued at less than $500 from a vehicle in the 2600 block of Dane Lane on Wednesday.

■ A thief entered a dormitory at Colorado Mesa University on Wednesday, stealing items valued at less than $10,000 and causing less than $500 in damage.

■ A thief stole less than $500 in items from a vehicle in the 700 block of Flower Street on Wednesday.

■ A thief caused more than $1,000 damage to a monument in the 700 block of 26 1/2 Road on Tuesday.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ The Sheriff’s Department didn’t produce an activity report Sunday.


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