Blotter, Jan. 23, 2014

Rangers search for body

Colorado National Monument rangers responded to the report of a body in Monument Canyon shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, said Nick Myers, Colorado National Monument lead ranger.

The body of the unidentified person was situated in Monument Canyon near the base of Otto’s Trail, Myers said.

The body was lying northeast of Independence Monument at the bottom of a cliff. Myers said the cause of death is unknown but speculated it may have been caused by a fall.

Two park rangers and members of the Mesa County Search and Rescue body retrieval team were still hiking into the area late Wednesday afternoon, Myers said.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone broke into a vehicle in the 400 block of North 15th Street and stole property Jan. 10, causing damage and a loss of less than $300.

■  An unknown male committed forgery when he paid with counterfeit money at a retail outlet in the 2400 block of U.S. Highway 6&50 on Jan. 19.

■  Someone caused a loss of more than $2,000 at a rental business in the 2300 block of U.S. Highway 6&50 on Jan. 13.

■  Someone caused a loss of less than $2,000 when a check was removed from a home, forged and cashed, without the knowledge or consent of the owner Jan. 7.

■  Michael Gagne, 49, was arrested and booked into the Mesa County jail on suspicion of possession of illegal drugs and on a warrant after being contacted Tuesday in the 2900 Block of Unaweep Avenue.

■  Anya Abachiche 30, was arrested and released on a summons on suspicion of theft of less than $750 from a store in the 2400 block of Rimrock Avenue on Jan. 17.

According to the Montrose Police Department:

■  Eric Giron, 24, of Montrose was arrested Tuesday in the 400 block of South First Street on a warrant.

■  A 14-year-old girl was arrested Tuesday in the 100 block of South Townsend Avenue on suspicion of abusing toxic vapors.

■  Brandon Lewis, 28, was issued a summons in the 1200 block of North First Street on suspicion of harassment, criminal mischief, and obstructing telephone service.


According to the Fruita Police Department:

■ Jerald Herkimer, 31, was arrested Jan. 15 in the 800 block of East Ottley Avenue on suspicion of first-degree burglary, assault on an at-risk adult, third-degree assault, vehicular assault, careless driving, violation of a protective order, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


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