Blotter: Aug. 25, 2009

Arson ruled out as cause of Delta fire

• Delta police have ruled out arson as the cause of the blaze that destroyed The Salvation Army and Nichols House of Carpet on July 18. An empty space formerly occupied by the Ocean Pearl restaurant also burned.

Investigators with the Delta police and fire departments, the Grand Junction Fire Department and insurance companies concluded that the fire started in the Nichols House of Carpet warehouse. The investigation also concluded that the fire was accidental or electrical. Two electrical engineers assisted investigators.

Insurance companies still are investigating the cause of the fire, but police have ended the criminal investigation.

Father pleads not guilty in death of child

• A 10-day trial was scheduled to start Feb. 9 in Delta after 20-year-old Daven Beck pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death of his 5-month-old daughter.

Beck’s plea was entered Monday in Delta County District Court. Beck’s daughter died in December 2008 of blunt-force trauma to the head and neck.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• A man suffered a fractured arm early Sunday when he said he was assaulted by three or four men near 12th Street and Gunnison Avenue. The man called police from Community Hospital and said he and his girlfriend were approached by the men as they were walking down the street.

• Boxes valued under $500 were reported stolen from a screened-in porch at a home in the 1100 block of Ouray Avenue on Aug. 22 or Aug. 23.

• Sandra Dunn-Lewis, 45, and Joshua MacQuoid, 25, addresses unknown, were issued summonses Saturday on suspicion of trespassing after trees, plants and shrubs were damaged in the 600 block of Main Street.

• A dirt bike was reported stolen Saturday from the bed of a trailer in the 2700 block of Cheyenne Drive.

• A motorcycle was reported stolen Sunday from the 900 block of North Eighth Street.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• Deputies said an air gun may have been used late Saturday or early Sunday to blow out the back window of a vehicle parked in a driveway at the corner of 30 and D 1/4 roads. There were no injuries.

According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department:

• Several handguns may have been removed from a home outside Silt on Sunday morning.


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