Blotter, July 12, 2017

Man accused of labor fraud

A 47-year-old Clifton man is facing felony theft, forgery and computer crime charges after being accused of fraudulently collecting almost $24,000 in unemployment insurance benefits from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Randy Lee Crawford was arrested Sunday afternoon on a warrant more than a year after a criminal investigator from the state agency opened an investigation into him, an arrest affidavit said.

Crawford filed for unemployment several times between December 2008 to January 2015, the report said. In 2015, however, investigators found Crawford had been working for Grand Junction-based Your Way Safety & Sign Supply since 2006. During the seven years Crawford was filing for unemployment insurance, he earned $49,000 but reported about $7,900, an investigator wrote in the report.

Because of the discrepancy, Crawford allegedly collected a total of $23,999 that he was not entitled to, the report said. In addition to his felony charges, he will owe the state more than $36,911 in repayment, including a penalty fee, the report said.

Crawford, who appeared in Mesa County Court Monday before Judge Michael Grattan, was released on a personal-recognizance bond.

Knifepoint robbery alleged


A 26-year-old man could be charged with aggravated robbery and other crimes after being linked to a knifepoint robbery early Sunday morning outside Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive.

Ronnie Lee Graham was arrested near south Fifth Street and Pitkin Avenue after the 45-year-old victim said a man who matched Graham’s description punched him in the face, held a knife to his throat, demanded his wallet, then climbed into a van with several other men and drove away, an arrest affidavit said.

The victim told police that the other men in the van tried to get the man with the knife to stop, the report said.

Grand Junction police spotted a van matching the victim’s description near south First Street and Ute Avenue. They performed a high-risk traffic stop and arrested Graham on suspicion of aggravated robbery, attempted assault and menacing. Graham and the van’s other four occupants also face drug possession charges after officers found a baggie with suspected methamphetamine, the report said.

Graham was issued a $2,000 cash-only bond Monday. David Macias, 24, Jesus Murrieta Barcelo, 23, Bobby Phillips, 23, and Shane Powers, 23, were each released on personal-recognizance bonds.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Consuelo Bencomo-Roberts, 37, was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday.

■ Trevor Greer, 23, is accused of assault and domestic violence Sunday.


According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Jake Staufenbeil, 23, and Brett Staufenbeil, 23, are each accused of drug-related offenses Friday.

■ Sondra Snider, 22, is accused of domestic violence-related offenses Friday.

■ Jennifer Tindle, 35, is accused of tampering and domestic violence Saturday.

■ Cameron Pennartz, 19, is accused of drug-related offenses, trespassing and theft of a handgun Saturday.

■ Ariel Ray, 23, is accused of drug possession and other offenses Saturday.

■ Bryan Broughton, 29, is accused of assault and domestic violence Sunday.

■ Someone stole property from a vehicle in the 2900 block of Eastview Court on Saturday.


According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Alfonso Avila, 68, was cited on suspicion of disregarding the fire ban Monday.


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