Blotter, Dec. 20, 2012

Mom cited in son’s joyride

Alisha Baker, 27, was issued a summons Saturday afternoon on suspicion of child abuse and neglect.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, on Saturday afternoon her 9-year-old son took his grandmother’s car from their home on Meadow Lane in Clifton’s Grove Creek subdivision, drove down the 3100 block of Chipeta Avenue and crashed into a willow tree at 470 Ananessa Drive.

The boy was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital and Baker was contacted at home, where she told deputies she was asleep with her 2-year-old child when her 9-year-old took the car, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies reminded her of an incident in August when the boy took his grandmother’s car and crashed it through a fence, according to a report of Saturday’s incident.

The boy was placed in Department of Human Services custody and Baker was issued a summons for child abuse and neglect.

Menacing with club alleged


Steven Andrew Lavornia, 21, 206 Lila Ave., was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of burglary, menacing and criminal mischief.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, a 24-year-old man told deputies that Lavornia and three other males broke into his home Dec. 12, entering his room while he slept and throwing beer on him. The men forced the victim to kneel and threatened him with a club, according to an arrest affidavit, then smashed his 32-inch TV on their way out of his home.

The victim told deputies he believed the males were upset about a fight that had happened at his home the previous evening during a party at his house.

Young boy found wandering


A young boy was found wandering outside in the 400 block of Mae Street on Monday night after escaping from the apartment where he lives with his grandparents.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, neighbors found the boy outside wearing pajama bottoms and a T-shirt, and he was unable to show them where he lived.

However, he took responding deputies to his home, according to a report of the incident, where his grandmother and grandfather said they’d all gone to bed but the boy had slipped out without them knowing.

The grandfather told deputies he would fix a latch on the door that the boy wouldn’t be able to open, according to the report.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Lisa Peterson, 40, was arrested in the 1300 block of M 1/2 Road Dec. 13 on suspicion of assault and domestic violence.

■  Someone put nails on the road near Escalante Canyon and Brushy Ridge Road Dec. 13; they were found and removed before any damage was done.

■  A license plate was reported lost somewhere between Grand Junction and Denver on Saturday afternoon.

■  A 1997 Ford crew cab truck valued at about $10,000 was stolen from Collbran Monday morning; Craig police arrested a suspect in the incident.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department:

■  Deputies responded to a dog bite in the 67700 block of Sunshine Road Tuesday morning.

■  A vehicle was abandoned in the 14700 block of Marine Road Tuesday morning.

■  A stray dog was at large in the 16000 block of 6250 Road Tuesday morning.

■  Someone complained of a stray dog in the 14700 block of Mustang Lane Tuesday afternoon.


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