Blotter, Jan. 31, 2014

No Jensen verdict yet

No verdict was reached during jury deliberations Thursday in the Heather Jensen trial. The jury did ask for the definitions of “accidental death” and “homicide” and was told it already had those definitions.

The jury left at 5 p.m. and will reconvene today.

Jensen faces two counts of criminally negligent homicide, two counts of child abuse resulting in death with negligence, and false reporting in the 2012 overheating deaths of her two young sons.

Robbery suspects sought


The Grand Junction Police Department is looking for two men suspected of armed robbery Tuesday near Colorado Mesa University at the intersection of 12th Street and Texas Avenue, according to a safety notification sent out by CMU this week.

The first suspect was described as an Hispanic man 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 140 to 160 pounds, wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans.

He reportedly was armed with a silver-handled knife with a blade 4- to 5-inches long, the release said.

The other suspect was described as an African-American man 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 140 to 160 pounds.

Both men are believed to be 18 to 20 years old.

The men were seen in a dark-colored Jeep Grand Cherokee with a front grill guard that had rounded lights.

The vehicle was spotted in the 1100 block of Belford Avenue a few hours after the alleged robbery.

The Police Department said no one was injured and no one has been arrested. It did not release what, if anything, was stolen.

Anyone with information about this reported crime can call the Police Department at 242-6707.

Fire burns Delta home


No one was home during a house fire Wednesday afternoon at 1140 Meeker St. in Delta.

At 1:45 p.m., emergency crews responded to the scene to find the house’s front fully engulfed. The residents weren’t home, but neighbors were told to evacuate.

The home was a total loss, and the cause is under investigation, although arson is not suspected, according to a release from the Delta Police Department.

The Police Department and Delta Fire Department remind residents to check home heating systems, stove pipes and all carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they are clean and work properly.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Tammy Lynn Castellano, 39, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of criminal impersonation and a probation violation.

■ Documents containing personal information were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked overnight Monday in the 500 block of Willow Road.

■ A condensing unit was damaged and copper lines were removed from the unit in the 1100 block of Third Avenue, causing a loss of more than $10,000. The report was made Wednesday.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Steven Mitchell Cordova, 48, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic infraction.

■ James Duncan, 20, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of resisting arrest, obstruction of an officer, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

■ Christopher Ben Gallegos, 28, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of two counts of felony menacing.

■ A woman reported a suspicious incident Wednesday morning after a man entered her house without her permission and asked about the whereabouts of a “Robert.”

When she told him no one by that name lived there, he left the house, saying his name was “Dave.” The man was in a maroon Ford Explorer.


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