Blotter: December 17, 2008

Teen found in trailer

• An officer reporting for work early Monday morning at the Grand Junction Police Department discovered a teenager inside one of the agency’s modular trailers at 625 Ute Ave.
Kate Porras, spokeswoman for the Police Department, said the teen was trying to keep warm and found an unlocked door to the trailer that houses parts of the agency’s information systems and communication training programs.
She said the Police Department has had issues with the trailers, but is trying to make them work: “We’re doing the best we can with what we have.”

Simply Clean catches fire

• An fire early Tuesday caused an estimated $50,000 in damages to Simply Clean Laundry, 666 Patterson Road, according to the Grand Junction Fire Department.
“The fire appears to be unintentional and ignited on oily rags in the rear of the business,” according to a media release from the fire department.
According to the Fire Department, firefighters had the fire under control shortly after 6 a.m.
No one was injured in the fire.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• Hugo Martinez-Diaz, 28, 4660 32 1/8 Road, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and criminal impersonation Monday evening. He was booked into Mesa County Jail.

• Someone shot out the windows of a home and vehicle in the 900 block of Independent Avenue sometime Sunday afternoon.

•  Someone discharged fire extinguishers inside a building in the 100 block of North Fifth Street sometime Monday morning.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Deputies ticketed a man after he allegedly sped out of the intersection of Interstate 70 Business Loop and North Avenue to get the snow off his car and then attempted to scrape down his windshield — using a library card — while driving.

•  John Steve Prodromides, 50, of Cottonwood, was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of stealing a car after deputies contacted him at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department. He was booked into Mesa County Jail.

•  Nichole Annice Halstad, 25, 412 Wedgewood Ave., was arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of drug possession after deputies contacted her near the intersection of Mountain Brook Drive and Appaloosa Lane. She was booked into Mesa County Jail.


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