Blotter: Aug. 19, 2009

20 busted in cocaine probe

• A five-month undercover investigation in the Roaring Fork Valley netted 1.6 pounds of cocaine and the arrest of 20 men, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release Tuesday.

An additional five men, Jose Ramon Estrada-Medina, 26, of Basalt; Claudio Pacheca Bernal, 41, of Basalt; Eutiquio Castillo Hernandez, 25, of Aspen; Jesus Castillo Ortega, 22, of El Jebel; and Armando Esparza, 18, of Basalt, are still wanted in connection with the suspected drug ring, the Sheriff’s Department said.

During the past five months, 20 people allegedly sold cocaine to undercover agents, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Reward for vandalism info

• The city of Delta is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects in the destruction of restrooms at the visitor center at Confluence Park and at Cleland Park on Aug. 10.

The vandals used rocks to do most of the damage, said Jamie Head, a police spokeswoman. Sinks, toilets and urinals were smashed. Towel dispensers were shoved into toilets, outdoor lights were destroyed, and stall doors were removed, police said.

If the vandalism continues, some city facilities may have to be closed, City Manager Lanny Sloan said.

Police ask anyone with information to call the department at 874-7676 or Crime Stoppers at 874-8810.

Ticket issued in bike crash

• A man was ticketed on suspicion of careless driving and driving an off-road vehicle on a street after he crashed a dirt bike on F Road about 1 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department. When deputies attempted to stop the man, he lost control of the dirt bike and crashed at the corner of F Road and Shoshone Street. The driver had minor injuries, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• Jeremy Alan Kulp, 25, homeless, was arrested Monday on suspicion of weapon possession by a previous offender, possession of an illegal weapon and a parole violation.

• Dana Louise Johnson, 38, homeless, was arrested Monday on suspicion of criminal impersonation and two warrants.

• Someone cashed a fraudulent check in the 2800 block of North Avenue on Monday, causing the business to lose more than $1,000.

• A 17-year-old boy was arrested Aug. 12 on suspicion of auto theft. Two other males, including another juvenile, were arrested but released until an investigation is completed.

• Three juveniles caused more than $1,000 in damage to a property at 26th Street and Orchard Avenue on Thursday. The victim did not want to press charges.

• A juvenile girl reported Thursday she was sexually assaulted in the northeast part of the city by a man she knows.

• Someone entered an unlocked home in the 2600 block of Lanai Court on Sunday and stole more than $1,000 in property as well as a set of keys. A vehicle outside was then stolen from the residence.

• Someone stole more than $1,000 in property from a vehicle parked in the 200 block of Hall Avenue.

• Someone caused more than $1,000 in damage to a tree by the entrance of the Summer Hill subdivision.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• Kevin James Holcomb, 18, 424 32 Road, No. 427, was arrested Monday on suspicion of criminal impersonation and possession of alcohol by an underage person.


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