Blotter: July 08, 2009

Fire burning near Utah

• A wildfire described as very active had burned at least 50 acres just west of Baxter Pass, near the Utah border, as of early Tuesday evening. BLM spokeswoman Erin Curtis said eight smoke jumpers who were sent to the area Tuesday afternoon were pulled out for safety reasons. The remote blaze, near 2 Road, was not threatening structures and a cause wasn’t immediately known. A BLM worker in the area reported it to fire dispatchers at 1:20 p.m.

Man accused in beating

• Kent McCullough, 35, homeless, was arrested Monday night on suspicion of second-degree assault causing serious injury, second-degree tampering and littering, after he allegedly punched a man he was sitting with on a bench in the 700 block of Independent Avenue. An arrest affidavit said the alleged victim told Grand Junction officers that McCullough punched him several times, breaking his jaw, as the two were drinking together. McCullough was ordered held on $25,000 bond.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

•  A man reported he was robbed of his wallet and cellular phone Sunday evening at Whitman Park, 424 Pitkin Ave. The victim chased after the suspect, who got away.

• Someone on Monday stole a dump trailer worth more than $1,000, which had been parked at business in the 2100 block of U.S. Highway 6&50.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• A man in the 2900 block of Sandra Avenue reported he texted a known female and soon after received a call from a man who threatened him. The threatening man claimed the reporting party had solicited his girlfriend for sex. Both sides were told to stay away from each other.

According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department:

• A satellite television receiver worth approximately $1,000 was reported stolen from a home near Gypsum on Monday.


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