Blotter, Jan. 26, 2014

Rollover puts 1 in hospital

A Wisconsin man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday evening after he was involved in a rollover accident on an eastbound off-ramp near mile-marker 28 on Interstate 70.

Twenty-one-year-old Christopher Goree was the sole occupant of a 2009 Honda Fit that wrecked at 5:13 p.m. Saturday, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, and the Fit was towed from the scene.

Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash.

Lewis said he was unsure Saturday night how extensive Goree’s injuries were, but they were not life-threatening.

Crash in De Beque Canyon


The driver of a 2005 Ford pickup was taken with non-life-threatening injuries to St. Mary’s Hospital after a crash shortly before midnight Friday on Interstate 70.

The pickup rolled into a lane of westbound traffic at mile-marker 56 on I-70 in De Beque Canyon, where it was struck by a semitrailer truck.

The semitrailer driver tried to avoid the pickup but was unable to do so and hit the pickup and destroyed about 1,200 feet of guardrail, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.

The crash was reported at 11:52 p.m. Friday, and westbound lanes of the interstate were closed for several hours after the crash.

The driver of the semitrailer was not injured. Drugs and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash.

Body in Monument Canyon


The body of 60-year-old Charles French, most recently of Steamboat Springs, was recovered Wednesday at Colorado National Monument.

A hiker spotted French’s body in Monument Canyon and notified monument rangers at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. It appears French fell 300 feet from a cliff adjacent to Rim Rock Drive, according to Karla Tanner, the monument’s chief of interpretation and education.

Two rangers and Mesa County Search and Rescue members walked about two and a half miles into the Lower Monument Trail and recovered the body later Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff’s Office collects jeans


The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will collect gently used jeans in a donation box in the office’s lobby at 215 Rice St. through Feb. 16 as part of the “Teens for Jeans” program.

The program is a partnership with Aeropostale in Mesa Mall, which will give donors a 25-percent-off coupon to use in the store to buy a new pair of jeans.

The Sheriff’s Office lobby is open from 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Leslie Iceman, 45, was issued a summons Thursday on suspicion of two counts of harassment and trespassing after he allegedly went to a business in the 2800 block of North Avenue he had been told not to return to and pushed and struck two employees.


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