Blotter, Aug. 9, 2013

Michael Pfifer

Child molestation reported

Michael Dean Pfifer, 36, 2841 1/2 Elm Ave., was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, a 3-year-old girl living in the same apartment as Pfifer told investigators that Pfifer had sexually assaulted her after her bath on July 11 while the girl’s mother and Pfifer’s girlfriend were at the store.

Arrest on warrants, meth


Pedro Alberto Carbajel, 21, was arrested early Wednesday morning on suspicion of possessing more than two grams of methamphetamine.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, a newspaper delivery person reported seeing two suspicious men in the area of 29 1/2 Road and Cedar Place. Responding deputies found Carbajel and a friend in that area, according to an arrest affidavit, and learned Carbajel had three outstanding warrants for his arrest.

During a pat-down search, according to the affidavit, deputies found more than four grams of methamphetamine in a folded dollar bill.

Thief wearing plaid shorts


Mesa County Crime Stoppers is searching for a man who stole a laptop computer from the Colorado Mesa University Center between 12 and 12:30 p.m. July 24.

According to Crime Stoppers information, video surveillance shows a Hispanic male, approximately between 18 and 25, with short, dark hair and a goatee enter the south ballroom at the CMU University Center and take a black Hewlett-Packard laptop valued at more than $1,100.

The man was wearing plaid shorts, a white, sleeveless T-shirt and blue tennis shoes, and he left the campus on a silver BMX-style bicycle.

Video surveillance footage of the incident can be see at

Anyone with information can call 241-7867, and information leading to an arrest can earn up to $1,000.

Home burglary interruptus


Authorities are seeking the public’s help in tracking down those behind an unsuccessful New Castle burglary attempt in which parties had moved the goods as far as the garage but no further.

A news release from Garfield County Crime Stoppers, based on a report from New Castle police, said the burglars entered the home on July 29-30 while the residents were on vacation, and went from room to room moving valuables to the garage for later pick-up. The homeowner discovered the possessions there after something apparently foiled the burglars’ efforts and they left.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Garfield County Crime Stoppers at 970-945-0101.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone fraudulently cashed a check in the 600 block of 28 1/4 Road July 20, causing a loss of more than $5,000.

■  Ericka Gomez, 31, was arrested July 31 on suspicion of stealing an item from Walmart, 2545 Rimrock Ave.

■  Martell Walker, 22, was issued a summons Saturday night on suspicion of trespassing at Emerson Park after hours.

■  Items valued at less than $1,000 were stolen Saturday morning from a business in the 2200 block of Broadway.

■  Someone entered a business in the 1400 block of Motor Street Tuesday evening and caused damage valued at less than $20,000 by igniting materials and emptying fire extinguishers.

■  Bradford Chitwood, 37, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of remaining unlawfully in a residence in the 2000 block of Bunting Avenue, obstructing a telephone call and causing less than $100 in damages to property.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department:

■  A deputy responded to the 65800 block of Solar Road Wednesday afternoon on a report of a snake in the residence. The snake was captured and released on Sims Mesa.


According to the Montrose Police Department:

• Julie Cavaliere, 53, of Olathe, was arrested Wednesday morning in the 1800 block of Pavilion Drive on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

• Robert Glass, 21, was arrested Wednesday night in the 16700 block of S. Townsend Avenue on suspicion of criminal impersonation and obstruction a peace officer, and for three active warrants.

• Melody Varnell, 25, of Gunnison, was arrested Wednesday night in the 16700 block of S. Townsend Avenue on suspicion of criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer, and for an active warrant.

• James Ash, 29, was arrested early Thursday morning in the 600 block of Roma Court on suspicion of assault and harassment.


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