Blotter: February 27, 2009

Man accused of drug use

• A Grand Junction man who was stabbed in Orchard Mesa last month was arrested Wednesday on charges he was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the altercation.
Julio Vargas-Herrera, 20, 2686 Milo Drive, No. 4, was jailed on suspicion of unlawful use of a controlled substance and false imprisonment in connection with the Jan. 28 stabbing. He is being held on $1,000 bond and an immigration hold.
Mesa County sheriff’s investigators said Vargas-Herrera planned a meeting in a park with a 17-year-old boy, blocked a gate when the boy tried to get him to leave and threatened to assault him when the boy refused to get down on his knees. The boy told investigators he stabbed Vargas-Herrera, according to an arrest affidavit.
Vargas-Herrera was treated for his injuries at St. Mary’s Hospital, where a lab test of his urine turned up positive for cocaine, the affidavit said.
The 17-year-old was not charged because he acted in self-defense, investigators said.

Lamp may have caused fire

• A fire that damaged a mobile home in Clifton may have been sparked by a defective lamp, officials say.
Clifton Fire Protection District crews were called out to the Picture Ranch Mobile Home Park, 3251 E Road, around 10:30 a.m. Thursday after witnesses saw smoke coming from one of the mobile homes.
Nobody was home at the time of the fire. Firefighters said the home was a total loss.
The Western Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross is providing assistance to the family.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  William Eugene Stark, 32, and Talia M. Stark, 27, 2858 North Ave., No. 17, were arrested Wednesday after they were allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

•  Jennifer Womack, 30, address unknown, was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly assaulted an employee of a business in the 500 block of 28 3/4 Road and damaged property belonging to the victim and business.

•  Joshua Mansur, 28, address unknown, was issued a summons Wednesday after he reportedly stole merchandise from City Market, 200 Rood Ave.

•  Someone stole tires valued at more than $1,000 from a business in the 2400 block of Industrial Boulevard on Wednesday.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Telesfor Hamilton Zamora, 29, 1140 Walnut Drive., No. 13, was arrested Wednesday after being contacted in the area of North Avenue and 29 Road and allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine.

•  A vandal spray-painted graffiti on the side of a building in the 3100 block of Mesa Avenue on Wednesday. Deputies said the painting appears to be affiliated with gang activity.

•  A woman reported Wednesday someone entered her vehicle in the 3000 block of F 1/2 Road on Wednesday and stole more than $400 in property.

•  A man reported Wednesday someone entered his vehicle in the 3200 block of Main Street and stole about $850 in property.


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