Blotter: February 22, 2009

Four escape home on fire

•  Four people escaped unharmed after a fire broke out inside their downtown Grand Junction home Saturday morning, according to the Grand Junction Fire Department.
A customer at a nearby car wash called 911 at 11:06 a.m. to report the fire at 342 Pitkin Ave., Battalion Chief John Williams said. The people inside the home were unaware of the fire until Grand Junction police alerted them.
The first crews on scene saw heavy smoke coming from the roof. Firefighters eventually found flames in the attic and controlled the fire in about 15 minutes, Williams said.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Damage is estimated at $10,000.

Sexual predator arrested

•  A sexually violent predator who recently moved in Grand Junction was arrested Friday on suspicion of violating his parole.
Mesa County sheriff’s deputies arrested Carl Vincent Avery, 44, 430 Chipeta Ave., No. 27, at his apartment and booked him into jail. Details about the suspected parole violation were not available.
Earlier this month, Grand Junction police notified the public that Avery had moved to the Chipeta Avenue address. He was convicted of sexual assault in Mesa County in 1997 and attempted sexual assault in Garfield County in 1999.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Joseph Allen Wilson, 24, 3206 Kennedy Ave., and Samuel Thomas McCarver, 33, 651 U.S. Highway 50, No. 16, were arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of first-degree burglary and third-degree assault. The men were taken into custody at 19th Street and Kennedy Avenue.

•  James Aaron Wallace, 26, 2859 1/2 Texas Ave., was arrested early Saturday morning at 20th Street and Elm Avenue on suspicion of menacing with a deadly weapon.

•  Rebecca Rufina Rivera, 21, of Delta, and Mario Joseph Bishop, 28, of Denver, were arrested Friday on suspicion of shoplifting merchandise valued at less than $1,000 from Kohl’s, 636 Market St. They also were named in arrest warrants.

•  Someone entered an unlocked office at St. Mary’s Pavilion on Thursday and stole a wallet, then used credit and debit cards to make purchases.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  A man living in the 3200 block of White Avenue reported Friday that someone stole a car battery from his vehicle.

•  A woman living in the 2900 block of Parkway Drive reported Friday that a gate in her yard is found open every morning after being closed every night. The woman requested extra patrol in the area.

•  A man reported Friday that he saw three men ages 17 to 25 load items into a vehicle from a home in the 2500 block of H Road. The men left the area before deputies arrived.


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