Blotter: January 06, 2009

Hite plea due next week

• A mother accused of killing her newborn baby is scheduled to enter a plea in her case next Monday, after a postponement was issued in the case yesterday.
Attorneys on both sides in the case against Alaska woman Morgan Hite said that more time is needed to talk with Hite’s family before a plea agreement is reached.
Hite, 22, is accused of first-degree murder. Authorities say she gave birth in February to a baby boy in Grand Junction, hid the baby in a bag and stowed him in a closet.

Concrete hits truck driver

• An semitrailer driver on eastbound Interstate 70 was hit in the head Sunday afternoon when a two-pound chunk of concrete flew through his window.
According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Department, the driver was at mile marker 147.5 when the projectile shot through his window.

Boys control laptop fire

• Quick action by two boys in the Riverside neighborhood averted a large fire in their home Monday morning when a cord to a laptop shorted out and ignited the carpet, according to the Grand Junction Fire Department.
Firefighters responded to the home at 523 Chuluota Ave., but the fire was already extinguished. No one was injured in the incident, said spokesman Mike Page.

Don’t park in bike lanes

• The Grand Junction Police Department has asked that drivers refrain from parking in the bike lanes on 10th Street near Chipeta Elementary School.
“The illegally parked vehicles force people both on bikes and in other vehicles to move into the oncoming lanes of traffic to go around, creating a dangerous situation,” the Police Department said in a statement.
The statement said the city will post signs soon, though the demarcated lines are valid even without signage.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Lorrie Ann Shelton, 36, 752 Tulip Drive, was arrested on suspicion of theft and burglary after she was contacted at her home Sunday afternoon. She was booked into Mesa County Jail.

•  A man sexually assaulted two victims in the northeast section of the city sometime Sunday.

•   A man sexually assaulted a girl in the central part of Grand Junction sometime Sunday.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  A thief stole Christmas decorations valued at $125 from a yard in the 3000 block of F 3/4 Road.


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