Blotter: January 13, 2009

Convenience store robbed

• A Battlement Mesa convenience store was the target of an armed robbery Sunday night.
Two people entered the Kum & Go at 59 Tamarisk Trail while wearing ski masks and gloves shortly after 9:30 p.m., Garfield County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis said. One of them brandished a gun and the pair left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
McGinnis said no one was injured in the incident.
Garfield County Crime Stoppers is searching for information that will lead to the arrest and or indictment of suspects or suspect involved in this case. Remain anonymous and earn up to $1,000 by calling 970-945-0101.

Pickup driver charged

• The driver of a pickup that struck and killed a pedestrian has been charged with careless driving causing death, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Steve Romero, 24, of Grand Junction received a summons for the misdemeanor charge in the death of 50-year-old Benjamin Paul Borroel.
On the night of Jan. 8, Borroel had stopped his vehicle and had exited it near the intersection of Sunrise Drive and Sandra Avenue when he was struck and killed by Romero’s vehicle. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office determined Borroel’s death was an accident.

Car crashes into building

• A driver traveling too fast lost control of a 1996 Chevrolet Camaro and crashed into Sentinel Printing early Monday, causing an estimated thousands of dollars in damage, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.
Robin Martinez, 37, was traveling south on 12th Street and reportedly lost control while attempting to make a right turn onto Ute Avenue, crashing into the business at 307 S. 12th St.
Officers responding to the scene found no one inside the vehicle. A passenger, later identified as Chad Walker, 22, was found at Seventh and Main streets with minor injuries. Martinez was contacted at a residence in the 100 block of Colorado Avenue.
Officers investigating the accident determined Martinez was intoxicated while driving the vehicle, and she was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving, failure to notify police of an accident involving injury and failure to notify police of an accident involving damaged property.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Carlos Sierra, 27, was contacted by officers and was found in possession of fake currency and having alcohol in violation of a restraining order.

•  A vehicle valued at more than $1,000 was stolen from outside a home in the 600 block of Orchard Avenue.

•  A motor scooter valued at more than $1,000 was taken from the parking lot in the 3000 block of Lakeside Drive.

•  More than $1,000 in damages were caused when a vehicle’s tires were slashed at 2545 Rimrock Ave.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Maurice La Juan Thompson, 33, 643 Holland St., was arrested and booked into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of second-degree assault with intent, obstructing a police officer and criminal mischief.

•  Ignacio Bendicto Negrete, 48, 3152 1/2 Sharptail St., was arrested and booked into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of criminal mischief, reckless driving and menacing.

•  Caleb Daniel Saunders, 25, 111 Country Club Park Road, was arrested and booked into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of drug possession, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and two warrants.


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