Blotter: Aug. 22, 2009

Cops seek sexual predator

• Grand Junction police are asking for the public’s help in finding a sexually violent predator who failed to register with police.

Kirby Johnson, 56, was supposed to register at the Grand Junction Police Department on Aug. 17 but failed to do so, police spokeswoman Kate Porras said.

Johnson had reported he would be living homeless in the Grand Junction area.

Anyone who has seen Johnson or knows his whereabouts is asked to call 970-242-6707.

Drug dealing suspected

• Joe Nalson Norris Jr., 22, 1118 Main St., No. 4, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, unlawful use of a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana, distribution of marijuana, possession of marijuana, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Grand Junction Police Department officers responded to the apartment after being given information that a man by the name of “Joe” who lives there had been growing mushrooms and marijuana. They found eight marijuana plants, a large quantity of dried or drying psilocybin mushrooms and numerous plastic bags typically used for distributing drugs, according to an arrest affidavit.

Norris later admitted to officers to growing and distributing the drugs, as well as smoking marijuana with two 17-year-old girls who were at the apartment at the time of his arrest, the affidavit said.

Arson suspect arrested

• Wayne Charles Fenimore, 28, of Montrose, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of second-degree arson and criminal mischief.

According to an arrest affidavit, a neighbor saw Fenimore and two other men set fire to a vehicle in the 400 block of Harris Road in Grand Junction in the early morning of July 8.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• Timothy Miller, 21, was issued a summons Thursday on suspicion of stealing merchandise from 2355 Belford Ave.

• A thief stole the wheels and tires off a vehicle while it was parked in the 500 block of Southern Commerce Drive on Thursday. The loss was valued at more than $1,000.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• Travis Duane Carothers, 28, 476 N. 23rd St., was arrested Thursday after deputies attempted to contact him in a vehicle in the 500 block of 29 1/2 Road and he allegedly fled on foot. He was apprehended a short time later and was found to have warrants out for his arrest.
• Willy Matthew Southern, 22, 125 Laura St., was arrested Thursday on suspicion of second-degree burglary after he allegedly entered his ex-girlfriend’s house after being told he couldn’t come in to get his dog back.

• A woman living in the 300 block of Sunnyside Circle reported Thursday that someone broke a window at her house. The window was valued at $400.

According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department:

• Andres Marquez, 26, Rifle, was arrested early Thursday morning in a vehicle near Rifle on suspicion of speeding and being in possession of methamphetamine and cocaine.


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