Blotter, Aug.6, 2014

Cougar stalks woman

A Placerville woman reported being stalked by a mountain lion Monday afternoon on a trail above Down Valley Park in Placerville.

According to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office, the woman said she was hiking alone on Coltrains Trail when she noticed the lion was following her. She called a friend for help and the friend called 911. Sheriff Bill Masters and six deputies responded to the trail head, where the woman ultimately emerged, according to the sheriff’s office.

The woman reported that the stalking lasted about 20 minutes. She said she first grabbed a large branch to “attempt to look big,” and when the lion didn’t attack she tried singing to scare it away. The lion lay down and began grooming, but when she tried backing away the lion leaped into a crouching position, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman reported that cycle repeated several times.

The lion eventually retreated several minutes before she reached the trail head, the hiker reported.

Arrest at Racquet Club


Travis William Waugh, 37, was arrested early Monday morning at the Racquet Club Apartments on suspicion of assault and burglary, among other charges.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of a woman being set upon Sunday night by an ex-boyfriend and two other women. The woman said the three kicked her in the head and neck and stole her phone, according to an arrest affidavit.

Deputies contacted Waugh, the ex-boyfriend, who told them he and the woman had “bad blood” between them. Determining there wasn’t sufficient evidence to amount to probable cause, deputies left the scene but were called back several hours later for reports of an altercation between Waugh and other apartment complex residents, according to the affidavit.

Deputies reported hearing a gunshot coming from Waugh’s apartment and responded, according to the affidavit. They eventually found a shotgun, to which Waugh directed them, and his ex-girlfriend’s cell phone inside the apartment, according to the affidavit.

Waugh was arrested on suspicion of assault, theft, child abuse, domestic violence, prohibited use of a weapon and obstruction of telephone service.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ A man entered a home in the 600 block of Arapahoe Way July 29 and stole property valued at less than $2,000.

■ Someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked in the 1900 block of Ouray Avenue July 30 and stole property valued at more than $750.

■ Michael Cullen, 29, was arrested and released on a summons Sunday morning in the 400 block of Main Street on suspicion of urinating in public.

■ Anthony Cruze, 42, was arrested Sunday afternoon in the 2100 block of North Avenue on suspicion of assaulting someone.

■ Cynthia Cardoza-Villalobos, 52, and Jesus Villarruel, 41, were arrested Sunday afternoon after being involved in a crash at 29 Road and North Avenue.


According to the Montrose Police Department:

■ Eric Costello, 32, was arrested Monday night in the 3200 block of Meadows Parkway on suspicion of violating a protection order.


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