Blotter, Feb. 5, 2014

Sex predator moving to GJ

The Grand Junction Police Department will broadcast a Community Notification meeting at 7 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday on Mesa County Cable Channel 12. The meeting will be about a state classified sexually violent predator moving into Grand Junction, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

The program will last about 20 minutes.

Door-to-door sales warning


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office issued another reminder to area residents Tuesday about the danger of letting strangers, particularly self-proclaimed salespeople, into homes for any reason. Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said her office had no reports of new scams but saw a message on Facebook from the Orchard Mesa area about a man claiming to be from a security company trying to gain access to a home.

Benjamin said people disguise themselves with various claims, so the Sheriff’s Office recommends people never let anyone into a home no matter what.

Legitimate business people will often be in marked vehicles, wear authorized uniforms, possess business cards and have the name of a supervisor when asked, she said.

Personally, however, Benjamin never answers the door for strangers.

“We recommend you never answer your door if you don’t know who is there. Period,” Benjamin said. “And, never let (strangers) in your home. Never. Legit business or not, they can leave a brochure at your door and you can follow up later if you are interested.”

Drugs in dorm suspected


One man is suspected of distributing a Schedule II narcotic and two other males are suspected of being in possession of a Schedule II narcotic after officers responded Jan. 23, to a Colorado Mesa University residence hall, 1200 Houston Ave., on a report that suspected illegal drugs were inside a room, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

When officers arrived, they found crushed pills on a table and several students who admitted to taking them. The case was sent to the District Attorney’s office for review, the Police Department said.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Thomas Alen Gosier, 20, Syracuse, N.Y., was arrested Monday on suspicion of criminal extortion.

■ Alejandro Garcia, 31, California, was arrested Monday on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a previous offender, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with an expired license and disregard of a stop sign. Vehicle passenger Alicia Reed, 23, was arrested and released on a summons on suspicion of unlawful use of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

■ Sandra Pacheco, 40, Grand Junction, was arrested Monday on suspicion of harassment and assault.

■ An apartment owner at 132 Gunnison Ave. reported Saturday that someone damaged a coin box on a machine in the facility’s laundry room, stealing money from the machine. There is no suspect information.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Earl Dee McGarland, 67, Grand Junction, was arrested Monday on suspicion of felony menacing.

■ A dryer at a property in the 500 block of 29 1/2 Road reportedly was damaged Monday when a coin box was stolen.


According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office:

■ A juvenile reportedly was bitten by a dog Friday, Jan. 31.

■ A sexual assault was reported Saturday in the Parachute area. The case is being investigated.


According to the Montrose Police Department:

■ Martin A. Dominguez-Diaz, 24, Montrose, was arrested Monday on suspicion of possession of an illegal weapon, a protection order violation and violation of bail-bond conditions.

■ The investigation of a sexual offense reported Monday continues.


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