Blotter: January 20, 2009

Employees and police wait outside of the Kmart in Grand Junction during an evacuation due to a bomb threat early this afternoon. Grand Junction Police and Fire departments blocked access to the parking lot.

Kmart gets bomb threat

• The Kmart department store on North Avenue was evacuated for about 30 minutes Monday afternoon after the business received a bomb threat.
Grand Junction police and firefighters encircled the parking lot, keeping people away from the store at 2809 North Ave., after the threat was called in around 1:30 p.m.
Dan Deard, a sales representative for the Kwal Paint store, 2801 North Ave., said police stopped and questioned him before allowing him to punch in for work. Deard said police told him they were having “an incident.”
Police deemed the building safe and allowed shoppers and employees back inside around 2 p.m.

Drug possession alleged

• A Grand Junction man was arrested Sunday after he was stopped for a traffic violation in the 3100 block of D 1/2 Road and allegedly was found in possession of drugs, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department reported.
Todd Christian Schultz, 35, 443 S. Placer Court, was jailed on suspicion of unlawful possession and use of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, no proof of insurance and a traffic violation.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  Brian Frank Twinn, 39, address unknown, was issued a summons Sunday after he allegedly assaulted another person at St. Mary’s Hospital.

•  Debra Ann Twiss, 49, address unknown, was issued a summons Saturday on suspicion of theft after she allegedly stole merchandise from a business at 2885 North Ave.

•  Someone caused damage valued at $1,000 to a vehicle in the 2800 block of North Avenue on Sunday.

•  A thief stole items valued at $1,000 from a vehicle in the 2900 block of Brookwood Court on Saturday.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

•  Travis Surkalo, 24, Centennial, was issued a summons Sunday on suspicion of theft after he allegedly purchased a juvenile lift ticket from someone in the parking lot of Powderhorn Ski Resort.

•  A man living in the 3000 block of E 1/4 Road called deputies Sunday and asked for increased patrols in his neighborhood after having his home repeatedly damaged. The man said he has had an ongoing problem with someone throwing eggs, rocks and toilet paper at his home.


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