Blotter, April 9, 2014

Burn on BLM land to begin

Federal fire officials plan to begin a prescribed burn today 16 miles north of Fruita in Garfield County.

According to the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit, the fire will include about 285 acres of oak brush on Bureau of Land Management land. The goal is to reduce dangerous fuel loads that have accumulated in areas vulnerable to wildfire.

However, the burn will proceed only if conditions are deemed safe, which means scrutinizing weather, moisture and fuel conditions. If they are deemed safe, Grand Valley residents may see smoke north of 16 Road.

Fake tax man reported


The Fruita Police Department received a report Tuesday of a caller impersonating an Internal Revenue Service agent and threatening arrest because an outstanding tax liability.

According to police, the reporting party said the caller had a “Middle Eastern” accent and threatened that a warrant for the reporting party’s arrest would be issued due to the tax liability.

The caller ID number was 1-888-918-1021 and when a Fruita police officer called it and identified himself, he was promptly disconnected.

The Fruita Police Department has advised caution with personal information and asks that people not hesitate to contact law enforcement with any suspicious activity.

Prescription drug turn-in


The Delta Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration later this month will give the public its eighth opportunity to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. 

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., residents can bring their medications for disposal to the Police Department at 215 W. 5th St. in Delta. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Residents should remove or mark out all personal information from labels.

The service is open to all Delta County and surrounding area residents, care facilities and medical providers. 

The following items will not be accepted: needles, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, aerosols or illicit drugs.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Rusty Marrow, 38, was arrested and released on a summons March 29 on suspicion of stealing items valued at less than $300.

■ Dominic Trujillo, 20, was arrested and released on a summons Saturday morning in the 500 block of 28½ Road on suspicion of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

■ Carla Higgins, 60, was arrested and released on a summons Saturday afternoon on suspicion of failing to notify police of an accident, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident without providing information, after an incident that occurred in the 600 block of Starlight Drive.

■ Tyler Gauntt, 28, was arrested Sunday morning in the 500 block of Alta Drive on suspicion of false imprisonment, third-degree assault, obstruction of telephone service and criminal mischief.

■ Kyle Fay, 23, was arrested Monday morning in the 2300 block of Redlands Parkway on suspicion of assaulting a woman.

■ James Vanfleet, 35, was issued a summons Monday evening in the 1900 block of Bunting Avenue on suspicion of trespassing.

■ Alexander Schreiber, 32, was arrested Monday night on suspicion of injuring someone with whom he had previously been in an intimate relationship.

■ Tre Richardson, 20, was arrested Monday evening on suspicion of violating a protection order and third-degree assault after an incident with his ex-girlfriend.


According to the Fruita Police Department:

■ Prescription medication was reported stolen from the Oaks Assisted Living Center on March 17.

■ Daniel Marquez, 52, was arrested March 18 on suspicion of driving with a revoked license and no proof of insurance.

■ Someone fired a gun at a garage in the 900 block of 17½ Road March 21, causing about $1,000 in damage to the garage and a vehicle.

■ Tools valued at $500 were stolen from a shed in the 100 block of South Maple Street March 24.

■ Robert C. Boos, 62, was issued a summons March 26 in the 1100 block of Black Ridge Drive on suspicion of harassment and disorderly conduct.

■ Two boys broke a window at the Fruita Community Center March 28 by throwing rocks.

■ Jamie Hansen, 19, was issued a summons March 30 in the 800 block of East Ottley Avenue on suspicion of carrying a concealed illegal weapon.

■ Sean Jackson, 41, was arrested April 1 in the 500 block of Lonnie Way on suspicion of violating a restraining order and violating a bond condition.


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