Blotter, April 23, 2013

Man flashes gun

Jonathan Laitinen, 19, was arrested Sunday at 3229 White Ave., No. 3, Clifton, on suspicion of felony menacing after he allegedly threatened a teenager with a gun, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

The teen told a sheriff’s deputy that Laitinen threatened to kill him and lifted up his shirt to show he had a black handgun in the waistband of his pants, according to an arrest affidavit. Witnesses said they saw Laitinen display the gun but did not see him remove it from his pants at any time.

Laitinen initially denied having or displaying a gun, but later told a deputy he showed the teen a broken BB gun and “was either going to scare him with the gun or he was going to assault him,” according to the affidavit. Laitinen told the deputy he threw the gun into a canal by the Clifton Water Plant.

Passed out in drive-through


Daniel E. Groot, 25, was issued a summons early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving with excessive blood alcohol content after he passed out in the McDonald’s drive-through at 1212 North Ave., according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

McDonald’s employees told police Groot passed out while sitting in his vehicle in the drive-through lane and that they tried to wake him several times before he moved his vehicle forward to wait for his food, according to the summons. When police arrived, Groot said he was “just waiting for his food” and had not passed out. An officer noted in the summons Groot had bloodshot eyes, was slurring his words and his breath smelled like an alcoholic beverage. According to the summons, Groot also tried to put his vehicle in park twice during the interview even though it was already in park, and raised and lowered his driver’s side window a couple times.

Groot completed a breath test that showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.143, over the legal limit of 0.08 to drive in Colorado, according to the summons. He was issued a summons and released to wait for a taxi ride home.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Johnathan A. Lopez, 26, was arrested Sunday at 2830 North Ave. on suspicion of possession of two glass pipes that contained white residue and a bag that contained mushrooms and stems.

■ Steven Karp, 40, was arrested Thursday at Ninth Street and Pitkin Avenue on suspicion of possession of less than 2 grams of a Schedule Two drug and drug paraphernalia, obstructing officers during an investigation, and driving while his license is revoked.

■ Robert Hays, 24, was arrested Saturday at 2910 Bunting Ave., No. 27, on suspicion of trespass and possession of less than 2 grams of methamphetamine.

■ Michael Ouerfelli, 22, was arrested Friday at 2215 Mesa Ave. on suspicion of possession of a Schedule Two controlled substance.

■ Johannes VanHerk, 38, was issued a summons April 16 on suspicion of being intoxicated and in a roadway, unlawful consumption of alcohol and trespass after allegedly trespassing at 1600 North Ave. and walking through traffic.

■ Someone stole a vehicle Friday at 225 Main St.

■ Someone forced entry into a vehicle Saturday in the 400 block of Broken Arrow Drive and removed property from the vehicle, causing a loss of less than $1,000.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ A man reported his dog was shot Friday night or Saturday morning in the area of B 1/2 Road and Nancy Street.

■ A deputy on Saturday found a man stumbling in the roadway west of 32 Road on E Road. The deputy gave the man a ride home.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Tex E. Piele, 36, Delta, was arrested Friday on suspicion of first-degree forgery, theft, identity theft, possession of a financial transaction device, resisting arrest and second-degree assault on an officer.

■ Jason L. Bestland, 29, Montrose, was arrested Friday on suspicion of third-degree assault and criminal mischief.


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