Blotter, Feb. 18, 2014

Residents flee fire

One of three police officers who responded to an early morning fire at a small apartment complex on Colorado Avenue in Grand Junction was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation, according to the Grand Junction Fire Department.

Other residents of the first floor of the two-story apartment building, which burned at 1018 Colorado Ave. about 4:30 a.m. Monday, were lucky to get out after being awakened by the commotion. There was no evidence of smoke detectors in the building, Fire Department officials said.

“The occupants of the upper apartment were alerted to the fire by noise from the people below getting out and although very smoky they were able to get out without injury,” according to a Fire Department news release. “It was very fortunate that one of the occupants of the ground floor apartment woke up early and discovered the fire and called 911.”

The kitchen and the living room of the building’s first floor had significant structural damage, and smoke damage was evident throughout the complex.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the blaze.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■ An occupant of a home in the 600 block of 30 Road reported that someone attempted to burn the home on Friday.

■ Cody Wayne James Wardell, 18, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of first-degree motor vehicle theft, two counts of introducing contraband into the jail, unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.


According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Deputies responded to a suicide attempt at Rifle Gap State Park on Thursday.

■ Deputies took a report of a missing juvenile in the Glenwood Springs area on Sunday.

■ John Cameron Gibson, 22, was arrested Sunday in Parachute on suspicion of attempting to elude officers, reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to report an accident.


The Grand Junction Police Department did not release crime reports on Monday.


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