Blotter: July 10, 2009

Delta cops back on bikes

• Delta police will once again cruise the town’s streets on mountain bikes, thanks to funding approval from Delta’s City Council.
The program was dropped because of budget issues, but will soon return.
“I believe the bike patrol program is great idea,” said Sgt. Jesse Stanford, police mountain bike program coordinator, in a news release. “The goal is to increase patrol efforts in areas in the community that an officer would not usually see while driving in a patrol car. My goal for the program is for the officers to be seen in the community and become more approachable to the citizens.”

Pot bust at bus station

• A Greyhound bus passenger was arrested last week after officers said they found 75 pounds of marijuana in two of his suitcases.
Carlos Hernandez-Barajas, 34, was arrested July 2 at the Grand Junction Greyhound depot after the bus stopped for routine maintenance. Hernandez-Barajas was ticketed to travel from Los Angeles to Chicago, according to an arrest affidavit.
Western Colorado Drug Task Force Officers met the bus when it pulled into town around 5 p.m. that day.
Officers searching two suitcases allegedly linked to the man found marijuana in two large bales, wrapped in electrical tape. Authorities said in a news release the pot had an estimated street value of $75,000.
Federal immigration authorities have placed a hold on Hernandez-Barajas, preventing him from posting bond, as a suspected illegal immigrant.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• Michael Praytor, 38, was issued a summons Wednesday morning for unnecessary noise after riding an ATV at 2:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of 17th Circle. Police have had several complaints about the ATV noise recently.

• Prescription drugs were bought at the North Avenue Wal-Mart using another person’s identity. It is not known who purchased the drugs. The incident was reported to police Monday.

• Items valued at less than $500 were taken from inside two unlocked cars parked inside an open garage Wednesday at 675 Atchee Lane.

•  A car valued at more than $1,000 was reported stolen Tuesday from 896 Glenwood Ave. The case involved a verbal payment contract between the seller and the purchaser of a trailer.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• Adam Charles Finley and Chaela Queen were booked into Mesa County jail Thursday after officers pulled the two over and found two bags of methamphetamine in Queen’s underwear and one baggy in her bra. Finley had been driving the car and Queen told officers Finley gave her two of the baggies filled with meth.

• Kenton E. Warthen was booked into the Mesa County jail Wednesday after escaping from community corrections and damaging his GPS tracking device in April.

• A Clifton woman told officers Wednesday it appeared someone tried to kick in her front door in the 3200 block of Main Street while she was away.


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