Blotter, Feb. 26, 2014
Man accused of phone theft
Michale Vereen Porter, 22, was arrested Monday night on suspicion of stealing another man’s cellphone.
According to the Grand Junction Police Department, Porter approached a man outside Sabrosa, 122 South Fifth Street, and asked to borrow his cellphone. Porter then ran away with the phone, according to an arrest affidavit, and the phone’s owner chased him. The phone’s owner found Porter behind a restaurant on Seventh Street “leaning up against the wall gasping for air,” according to the affidavit, and reported Porter threatened him.
Officers later reported encountering a man matching Porter’s description at McDonald’s on North Avenue, according to police, and he was found walking down North Avenue west of 12th Street. Police found a cellphone matching the description of the one stolen, police reported.
After being arrested, Porter told officers he stole the phone so he could sell it and return to Texas, according to the affidavit.
Child abuse alleged in arrest
Michael Fox, 35, was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of child abuse and violating a protection order.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, a 4-year-old girl without a coat or shoes was seen riding a bike to Diamond Shamrock at E and 32 Roads. The girl was unable to tell deputies where she lived, but contacted her mother at work to get the address, according to an arrest affidavit.
At the home, Fox told deputies “I dozed off,” according to the affidavit. Deputies then learned that Fox has an active protection order restraining him from the residence where he had fallen asleep, according to the affidavit.
The girl’s mother told deputies Fox lived at the address and that she and Fox were trying to get the protection order removed, according to the affidavit.
Facebook scam reported
The Grand Junction Police Department is looking for a local woman believed to have scammed more than $1,000 worth of baby items through requests for donations on Facebook.
According to police, victims reported responding to a Facebook post asking for donations of baby items for newborn triplets. The woman asking for donations is believed to have used a fake name, according to police.
Police advise people to stop donating to the woman until their investigation is concluded. Anyone who has already donated items and now believes it might have been a scam, or who has further information about the case, should call 242-6707.
Cops seek owner of truck
The Grand Junction Police Department is trying to find the owner of an older model, purple Ford pickup, which officers believe may have been stolen.
The truck recently was recovered in Grand Junction, according to police, and anyone with information should call 242-6707. Because the investigation is ongoing, no further information is being provided.
According to the Grand Junction Police Department:
■ Paul Lewis, 20, was issued a summons Friday morning in the 1100 block of Texas Avenue on suspicion of consuming alcohol.
■ Jordan McClanahan, 22, was arrested and released on a summons Saturday evening on suspicion of shoplifting items valued at less than $500 from Walmart, 2545 Rimrock Ave.
■ James Harris, 18, was issued a summons Sunday morning at Cannell and Glenwood avenues on suspicion of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
■ Daniel Rankin, 22, and Ryan Lendrum, 21, were issued summonses Sunday morning in the 1000 block of Walnut Avenue on suspicion of having a disorderly house.
■ Sean Davis, 34, was issued a summons Sunday evening on suspicion of shoplifting at Walmart, 2545 Rimrock Ave.
■ Matthew Wood, 24, was arrested Sunday evening in the 1100 block of North 16th Street on suspicion of violating a restraining order after a verbal altercation. The restraining order prohibits him from drinking alcohol, but officers reported he had been drinking before his arrest.
■ Brandon Moncy, 32, was issued a summons Tuesday morning in the 300 block of 27 3/8 Road on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.