Blotter: December 08, 2008

Woman is assault suspect

• A Grand Junction woman was arrested Saturday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child.
Maria Elena Kennedy, 2532 D Road, was arrested on a warrant on suspicion of sexual assault on a child and sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.
No other information was immediately available.

3 towns lose gas service

• Residents of three Western Slope communities were without gas service overnight Saturday after a line was cut.
Xcel Energy officials said just before midnight, a backhoe operator cut a main line in Rulison, leaving Parachute, Battlement Mesa and De Beque without service. Crews repaired the line and restored gas flow to all three areas by 4 a.m.
Xcel crews spent much of the day Sunday relighting pilots in customers’ homes.
Officials believe the operator of the backhoe took off after cutting the line. Authorities are investigating.

GJ sex assaults reported

• Grand Junction police are investigating separate reports of sexual assault.
Officers received reports Saturday of a sexual assault near 21st Street and North Avenue and of a juvenile female being sexually assaulted in the southwest part of the city by a male she knew.

Four hurt in Vail area wreck

• Four people were injured Saturday night after a car missed a turn in Beaver Creek and struck a tree, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
The accident happened just before midnight. A 1998 Honda Civic driven by Justin M. Cody, 32, was northbound on Village Road when it went off the road on a right-hand curve and hit a tree, the State Patrol said in a news release.
Cody, Lidia B. Patrick, 28, and Joshua Cook, 30, all of Avon, and Chance Humphrey, 24, of Eagle-Vail, were taken to Vail Valley Medical Center, troopers said.
Investigators suspect alcohol and excessive speed may have contributed to the accident.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Johann Stefan Marais, 25, 1125 White Ave., was arrested early Sunday in the 1200 block of Kennedy Avenue on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving.

•  A vandal entered a home in the 400 block of Bear Dance Drive on Saturday and caused less than $1,000 in damage to items inside.

•  A thief stole more than $1,000 in merchandise from a business in the 300 block of Main Street on Saturday.


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