Blotter: Aug. 7, 2014

Driver tries to flee, arrested

Tavara Rae Seals, 34, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, vehicular eluding, obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest and failing to remain at the scene of a hit-and-run crash, among other charges, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Grand Junction police officers stopped Seals at a gas pump in the 2700 block of U.S. Highway 50 but she declined to get out of her Toyota 4Runner and drove away, nearly running into one the officers, according to an arrest affidavit. An officer watched Seals drive into a parked truck, then flee, even after an officer told her to stop, according to the affidavit.

A K-9 officer detected the smell of narcotics in the SUV and officers found more than 4 grams of suspected methamphetamine in a backpack behind the driver’s seat. Seals was arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail.

Officers break up party


The unexpected arrival of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at a party Saturday night off Forest Service Road 300 sent revelers scattering into the woods, according to a joint press release from the agencies.

Officers on routine patrol came across the party about 11:30 p.m. Most of the people at the party tried to flee, leaving behind a small group of people huddled around a large bonfire surrounded by trash and beer and liquor bottles. A search of the woods ended in approximately 20 people being brought back to the bonfire, where officers handed out 17 minor in possession of alcohol tickets and one citation for suspected possession of marijuana. One person who was named in an arrest warrant was taken into custody.

One person was taken to Valley View Hospital for severe intoxication. Those ticketed were told to clean the area by officers, who left the scene about 4 a.m. Sunday. The area was clean by Sunday afternoon.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone threatened an employee with a bike-lock cable Monday in the 200 block of Rood Avenue.

■ Jesse Bingham, 20, was issued a summons Friday at 484 28 Road on suspicion of possession of marijuana by an underage person.

■ Lyon Barrett, 33, was issued a summons Tuesday on suspicion of disorderly conduct after a fight at 120 North Ave.

■ Someone stole power cords valued at more than $2,000 from a construction site at Colorado Mesa University on Sunday.

■ Someone broke into a residence Tuesday in the 2400 block of Bookcliff Avenue and stole property valued at less than $750.

■ Someone broke into a vehicle July 29 in the 2400 block of Sandridge Court and stole property valued at less than $2,000.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Jeffrey Arthur Ackerman, 36, was arrested July 31 on suspicion of menacing at 481 1/2 32 1/8 Road in Clifton.

■ Theodore James Williams, 52, was arrested Tuesday at 2542 D Road on suspicion of harassment.


According to the Fruita Police Department:

■ A person is suspected of sexually assaulting a woman numerous times in Fruita, it was reported Friday.

■ A report of attempted sexual assault on a juvenile July 25 in Fruita is being investigated.

■ A report of suspected elder abuse Friday in the 200 block of North Cherry Street is being investigated.

■ Someone broke a glass window July 30 in the 1100 block of East Carolina Avenue, causing $90 in damage.

■ Someone broke a window with a rock July 28 in the 100 block of North Plum Street, causing $300 in damage.


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