Blotter, Jan. 15, 2013

Stolen car hit by train

David Ryan Goebel, 27, was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of stealing a car, then fleeing the scene after the car was hit by a train, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

A woman who said she met Goebel online told deputies she gave Goebel the keys to her 1997 Saturn while the two were at Infinity Nightclub, 2993 North Ave., because she did not have pockets for the keys, according to an arrest affidavit. Witnesses told deputies Goebel hit an SUV while driving the Saturn out of the club’s parking lot. A train hit the Saturn near Interstate 70-Business Loop and 29 Road moments later and a Grand Junction Police officer found Goebel walking in the area of 28 Road and I-70B 18 minutes after the collision, according to the affidavit.

Goebel was searched and was found in possession of the car owner’s keys and wallet, according to the affidavit. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree aggravated vehicle theft, first-degree trespass of a vehicle, careless driving, failure to notify police of an accident, leaving the scene after striking a vehicle and driving a vehicle while restrained for an alcohol offense, according to the sheriff’s department.

Drug class for teens, parents


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and Crime Stoppers of Mesa County will host a free drug education class for parents and teens at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Grand Junction City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.

January’s installment in a monthly series of classes hosted by the sheriff’s department and Crime Stoppers is called, “A parent’s guide to synthetic drugs and club drugs.” The effects of marijuana on the teen brain will be discussed, drug paraphernalia will be displayed and videos will be shown of teens abusing synthetic drugs.

The class is limited to 150 attendees. RSVP to mesa County Safe Kids at

Knives, wheelchair stolen


Zachary Lewis Bradford, 19, was arrested Friday on suspicion of theft and contributing to the delinquency of minors after a person reported seeing Bradford, a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old riding an electric wheelchair stolen from Walmart, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

An officer was dispatched to the area of Baseline Street and Rimrock Avenue at approximately 5:12 a.m. Friday to investigate the report. The three said they were riding in an electric wheelchair but returned it. When asked about an electric wheelchair lying in the snow down a small hill in the area, the three said they pushed it off the hill and planned to leave it there, according to the police department.

An officer found two knives on Bradford, two knives on one of the juveniles and the other juvenile dropped a knife when officers arrived. The knives were among $104.57 worth of items police suspect Bradford stole from Walmart.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■  Christina Dibenedetto, 25, of Harleysville, Pa., was issued a summons Friday on suspicion of possession of a schedule III controlled substance and drug paraphernalia at 230 S. Fifth St.

■  A woman reported she saw a man point a gun at her as she drove by him Saturday on U.S. Highway 6&50 near 25 Road. The report is being investigated.

■  A known person is suspected of causing serious bodily injury to a person Jan. 1 at Fairfield Inn, 225 Main St.

■  Three men are suspected of stealing a vehicle and other property Dec. 29 in the 700 block of S. U.S. Highway 50.

■  Someone broke into a residence Saturday in the 2900 block of Red Cloud Lane and removed less than $500 worth of property.

■  Someone stole less than $500 worth of items Saturday from a vehicle in the 2800 block of Elm Avenue.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■  Deon Troy Blackwood, 19, was arrested Monday on suspicion of second-degree burglary, criminal impersonation and stealing food from a freezer in the 2000 block of River Road.


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