Blotter: Aug. 2, 2014

Arrest in theft of rifles

The Grand Junction Police Department made another arrest in connection with Tuesday’s theft of two rifles from Cabela’s at Mesa Mall.

Adam James Rodriguez, 22, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of theft of between $2,000 and $5,000 from a building and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he was identified on video surveillance of the theft and his image from video was matched against prior booking photos, according to his arrest affidavit.

Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of an unrelated shoplifting incident Thursday when he was questioned about Tuesday’s theft at Cabela’s. He reportedly admitted to being present and knew Florencio Gonzalez, 16, who was arrested Tuesday, had stolen the rifles, but Rodriguez denied seeing the thefts. Video footage did not support that denial, the affidavit said.

No injuries in house fire


No one was injured in a Friday afternoon house fire at 3055 E Road, but 13 people were displaced after a basement fire caused substantial damage, particularly from smoke, to their rental home, according to the Clifton Fire Department.

Jose and Rebecca Montoya and their children were displaced and the Red Cross was called to assist the family.

The Fire Department said the amount of damage was “a substantial loss in contents for the family, as well as the home itself,” which is owned by Brian and Bobby Clement, who came to the scene to assist the Montoya family, the Fire Department said.

The fire reportedly started in the basement, and the one person home at the time was able to get out and call 911 at 1:16 p.m.

Fire damage in the basement was extensive with heavy smoke damage on the main and upper levels.

The cause of the fire was still being investigated late Friday, but Greg Martin, spokesman for Clifton Fire, said he did not believe it was suspicious at this time.

Three animals also were home at the time of the fire. Two were located. A third, a 7-month-old, brown and white Australian shepherd/border collie mix was outside and is believed to have escaped.

Solar lights vandalized


Several dozen solar-powered lights were scattered on a field adjacent to Grand Junction High School on Friday, and at least one homeowner had reported his lights missing as of Friday afternoon, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Homeowners with solar-powered lights are asked to check their property to see if any are missing and to call 242-6707 to report if any are.

Anyone with information about who stole the lights and took them to Grand Junction High School can call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867 or visit Callers may remain anonymous.

Weapons violation alleged


William Howard Lage, 56, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony menacing, prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment after he reportedly fired several shots from his .22-caliber gun in the air to try and break up juveniles arguing outside near the intersection of 32 3/8 Road and Rood Avenue, according to his arrest affidavit from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Lage reportedly told authorities, “Yes I have a gun and shot in the air to scare everyone away,” his affidavit said.

Several residents in the area reported that they felt endangered by the gun shots, his affidavit said.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Tiffany A. Sevenans, 39, was arrested and released on a summons Wednesday on suspicion of disturbing the peace and failure to confine a dog at 424 Pitkin Ave.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office: 

■ A 16-year-old boy was issued a citation Friday on suspicion of minor in consumption of alcohol after he was reportedly found passed out at 3:30 a.m. in the middle of a road near the 3000 block of Ronlin Road.

■ Mesa County Search and Rescue assisted Grand Junction Fire Department with a rescue of a woman Saturday, July 26, in the Echo Canyon area after she fell over a ledge. The victim had minor injuries.


According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Benjamin Samuel Levy, 27, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass, menacing, criminal mischief of between $500 and $1,000, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, second-degree criminal tampering and violation of a restraining order.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Deputies were dispatched to the 58900 block of Grandpa’s Trail three times in a five-hour span between late Thursday night and early Friday morning on the report of harassment.

■ Deputy responded Thursday to the 15000 block of 6900 Road on the report of a vicious dog.


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