Blotter, Jan. 21, 2014

Erratic driver arrested

Alert neighbors in Fruita helped deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office locate the driver of a vehicle who was acting suspiciously.

According to an arrest affidavit, it was about midnight Friday when William Blaine Eller, 42, was driving around in the area of 17 and O roads, shining lights on homes and telling neighbors he was lost and having car trouble. Deputies arrived and attempted to stop Eller’s vehicle, which was going as fast as 90 mph in a 50-mph zone, the affidavit said.

After the vehicle eventually stopped, Eller was called out of it at gunpoint, with his shorts around his knees and a pornographic magazine on the front passenger seat. Eller was arrested on suspicion of vehicular eluding, obstructing a peace officer, criminal mischief and reckless driving.

Meth suspected in arrest


Jerry Blake, 46, of Grand Junction and Zach Hart, 32, hometown not released, were arrested after a traffic stop in the area of 29 Road and North Avenue on Sunday.

According to a report, a deputy found a scale with white residue that tested positive for methamphetamine in the Dodge Durango that Blake was driving. Deputies determined that Blake was restrained from driving.

Blake was arrested on suspicion of driving on a restrained license, violation of a restraining order and possessing a controlled substance. Hart received a summons on suspicion of having an open container of alcohol.

Boy admits starting fires


Grand Junction police officers arrested a juvenile male on Friday in connection with setting several fires, including setting an office chair on fire on a hillside near the Tiara Rado Golf Course. When authorities arrived, the boy told them he saw two men set the fires. The boy later told police that he started the fires using beer bottles and gasoline. The boy was taken to Grand Mesa Youth Services Center on suspicion of possessing an incendiary device and on a charge of second-degree arson, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone stole items valued at more than $50 after breaking into a vehicle in the 600 block of 25 1/2 Road on Jan. 10.

■ Someone caused damage of less than $1,000 after breaking into two locked vehicles parked in the 1300 block of Hall Avenue on Wednesday.

■ Two juveniles received summonses on suspicion of shoplifting items valued at less than $1,000 at Walmart, 2545 Rimrock Ave.

■ A person is suspected of assaulting another person and causing serious bodily injury in the 100 block of South Fifth Street on Friday. Police are investigating.

■ Deana Cox, 54, received a summons on suspicion of shoplifting at Walmart, 2545 Rimrock Ave., on Saturday.

■ Two men are suspected of first-degree assault, felony menacing and criminal mischief following a fight in the 2700 block of C Road on Sunday.

■ Kara Lovato, 32, received a summons on suspicion of drunken driving, failing to notify police of an accident and leaving the scene of an accident at 2920 River Bend Lane on Sunday.

■ Richard Thompson, 45, was contacted by police as being a suspicious person in the 2900 block of North Avenue. Officers determined there was a warrant for his arrest.

■ Someone stole items valued at less than $5,000 from a home in the 200 block of Ophir Court on Sunday.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Deputies are seeking information on a woman who stole items from a Clifton convenience store at 8 a.m. Jan. 13. The woman left the store in a gold or silver Honda Civic sedan. To see a photo of the suspect, visit

■ Deputies responded to a report that someone threw a rock through the window of a home in the 600 block of 32 Road on Sunday. People at the home said they caught a glimpse of the vehicle associated with the crime and thought it was green in color and sounded like a “weed eater.”


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