Blotter, Feb. 27, 2014

Weed on Central campus

Two boys were ticketed Tuesday on suspicion of smoking marijuana on school grounds. A third boy was issued a summons on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

The teens allegedly had a container marked “medical marijuana” in their possession at Central High School.

Crime Stoppers of Mesa County and Safe Kids America is hosting a free community class to educate parents and the community about marijuana influences on teens from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mesa County Libraries Central Branch, 443 N. Sixth St. Class size is limited.

Register at or by calling 986-1187.

Creepy behavior reported


A woman reported Monday that a man she believed to be escaped sex offender Eric Hartwell of Denver followed her granddaughter and her granddaughter’s friend, both 11, in a maroon-colored SUV as the girls walked Sunday afternoon from Longs Park toward Grand Mesa Middle School, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said neither her office nor the Grand Junction Police Department received other reports of Hartwell sightings since the man escaped from Denver on Friday. She also said Denver law enforcement hasn’t notified local authorities that Hartwell may be in this area, Benjamin added.

The woman reported that while she was at Longs Park with the children Sunday a man was standing there just watching the kids play.

When the girls walked toward Grand Mesa Middle School, the man got into an SUV and slowly followed them, the woman reported.

She then got into her vehicle to follow the girls, eventually parking her car to ask the man what he was doing. As she walked toward him, he sped off, she reported.

The school resource officers at Grand Mesa Middle School and patrol at Longs Park have been notified.

Road rage altercation


A 55-year-old man allegedly was assaulted Tuesday in the parking lot of a business complex in the 3200 block of I-70 Business Loop, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

The fight reportedly started over a driving issue when the older man confronted the younger suspect in the parking lot by Jimmy John’s, 3203 I-70B, about cutting in front of him without the right of way at the intersection from I-70B into the business complex.

The suspect reportedly told the older man, “I couldn’t give a (expletive) about a right of way,” and hit the man in the face. When the man tried to run away, the suspect grabbed the man’s shirt, ripping it, then hit him “a couple more times,” the older man told authorities.

People at nearby Auto Zone, 3201 I-70B, stopped the fight, but the man got into his vehicle and left, heading south on 32 Road in a Jeep. Witnesses didn’t get a full license plate number, the report said.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 20s, about 5-foot-11, with dark hair and a mustache and medium build. He was wearing a dark tank top and jeans.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone made multiple online transactions Thursday, Feb. 20, using a victim’s credit card, causing a loss of $300.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Glen Ryan Knotts, 24, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while his license was revoked for an alcohol offense and two outstanding warrants.


According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office:

■ A burglary was reported Tuesday in the Rifle area. The case is under investigation.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office:

■ A sex offense was reported Tuesday in the 14700 block of Marine Road. An investigation is ongoing.

■ A deputy found a horse in the road while on patrol Tuesday in the 8800 block of 6400 Road. The horse was moved into a pasture.


According to the Montrose Police Department:

■ A theft was reported Tuesday in the 3500 block of Wolverine Drive. An investigation continues.

■ Four reports of graffiti were made Wednesday morning between the 700 and 900 blocks of East Main Street.


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