Blotter: Aug. 08, 2009

Vail fire kept from homes

• Firefighters were working to contain the Stephens Park Fire in West Vail, which started late Friday afternoon, burning about an acre in size and forcing the evacuation of Vail Mountain, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department.

Firefighters set up in the West Vail neighborhood close to the fire, but no home evacuations were expected there Friday night, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. 

Crews from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Vail Fire Department, Greater Eagle Fire Department, Eagle River Fire Protection District and Grand Junction Air Center were fighting the fire. A heavy air tanker from the Air Center and a helicopter from Rifle Helitack made multiple retardant and water drops, which helped control the fire, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Smelly problem reported

• Deputies received a smelly complaint Thursday night when a woman called the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department to report litter and dog excrement have been showing up in the backyard of an unoccupied home in the 100 block of William Drive.

The woman is watching the house while it is for sale. Another neighbor told deputies children from a nearby apartment building play in the backyard, deputies said. Residents were told to call 911 if the juveniles trespass again.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• Isaac R. Aceves, 23, was arrested Thursday night in the 2800 block of Globe Willow Avenue on suspicion of illegal weapon possession, being a previous weapon offender, tampering with evidence, resisting arrest, obstruction and third-degree assault. Aceves was accused of resisting arrest and trying to flee deputies, they said.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• John Michael Saenz, 26, was arrested Wednesday following a traffic stop. Police said Saenz was named in an arrest warrant, and they found him to be in possession a weapon and, later, suspected methamphetamine while he was being booked into Mesa County Jail.

• A thief stole a dirt bike from at trailer parked in front of 332 Sherman Drive. Police took the report Wednesday morning.

• A thief stole more than $1,000 from Freeway Bowl, 1900 Main St.


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