Blotter, Feb. 9, 2013


8 pounds of pot found

Jesse Smith, 31, and Schuyler Smith, 26, both of Dryden, N.Y., were arrested Thursday morning on Interstate 70 near Mack on suspicion of possession of more than eight pounds of marijuana and distribution of marijuana, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

A sheriff’s deputy pulled over the brothers after he saw the driver, Jesse Smith, speed within one car length of a sport-utility vehicle near mile marker 5 on I-70, according to an arrest affidavit. The deputy smelled marijuana and saw partials of marijuana inside the Smiths’ Cadillac and searched the vehicle for more marijuana. The deputy found marijuana smoking pipes, a “large glass jar” filled with marijuana and a duffel bag that contained approximately eight pounds of marijuana inside the car, according to the affidavit.

Jesse Smith also was arrested on suspicion of following too closely and driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs. According to the affidavit, Smith told the deputy he smoked marijuana two hours before he was stopped by law enforcement. Both men were booked into the Mesa County Jail.

Sheriff confirms shooting


Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap confirmed in a news release Friday that some of the department’s deputies were involved in a shooting during a traffic stop Thursday in the western portion of Montrose County.

The stop occurred at approximately 9 a.m. on Colorado Highway 145. Tryllen Richards, 32, of Naturita, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction to be treated for a single gunshot wound suffered during the traffic stop. Richards was an occupant in the vehicle stopped by deputies.

Ashley Ware, 25, and Mechelle Lee, 33, also occupants in the vehicle, were arrested on warrants during the traffic stop.

Boys accused of burglary


Charges were determined Thursday for a 17-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy suspected in a burglary that involved stealing computers, guns and ammunition Tuesday at 1189 Woodland Court in Fruita, according to the Fruita Police Department.

The 17-year-old has been charged with second-degree burglary, theft, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, violation of bail-bond conditions and driving a vehicle without a valid driver’s license. The 14-year-old has been charged with suspected second degree burglary and theft.

The burglary was reported around 10 a.m. Tuesday. The person who called 911 to report the burglary provided the license plate number of a white truck that left the area and Mesa County sheriff’s deputies stopped the truck in the area of 24 and H roads. The 17-year-old and 14-year-old in the truck were jailed at the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■  Alex Sanchez, 22, was arrested early Friday morning in the 2700 block of Crossroads Boulevard and booked into the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault, theft and criminal mischief.

■ Someone unlawfully entered a business Feb. 2 in the 2300 block of River Road and removed more than $1,000 worth of property.

■ Timothy Stapleton, 25, was arrested Jan. 3 on suspicion of unlawful possession of a Schedule II drug at Rite Aid, 400 N. First St.

■ A known person is suspected of sexually assaulting a child in the southeast quadrant of the city beginning as far back as Jan. 1, 2006.


According to the Palisade Police Department:

■ On Feb. 1, an officer pulled over a driver whose vehicle matched the description of a possible drunk driver in the area of Logan Street and N. Frontage Road. An investigation revealed the person was elderly, not intoxicated, and the person was given a verbal warning.


According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department:

■ Deputies received a report Thursday of a sex assault in the Glenwood Springs area.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department:

■ A deputy was dispatched to a report of a burglary Thursday in the 23100 block of 6875 Road.


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